Commentators, pundits, bloggers (guilty), and anyone who happens to have a pulse have chimed in on the Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty storm. A line has been drawn and people have chosen their respective sides. All have been commenting, prophesying, psycho-analyzing, legalizing, and philosophizing, to the point that the noise level is of deafening and dizzying proportions. Even some Libertarians have gotten it wrong: “A&E can run their business any way they want.” Quite true and I agree. However, is this about them running their business? Or are they yielding to arm-twisting activists? I vote for option two. Sadly, this story is nothing new; it’s been played out again and again throughout history.
Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals that the Lord God had made. Gen 1:3
1. I’ve observed raucous public media storms between the secular left and the religious right since my coming of age in the 70’s. I’ve heard the same sentiments over and over again, and I still wonder why they’re never equally applied. For example, whenever the religious complain about sex and violence on television, the secular left always have the same catch phrase: “If you don’t like what’s on, change the channel, dummy.” This sentiment is so prevalent that even George Carlin used it in one of his HBO comedy specials, to complain about attempts to censor him. Therefore, my first point to the secular lefties is: “If you don’t like the Robertson family or their show content…change the channel.”
But of course they don’t accept that argument. Instead, liberal commentators and news contributors have made statements about Phil like, “This man is vile and better get on the same page with the rest of us tolerant folks.” Sometimes I feel like they’re trying to assimilate everyone into one homogeneous collective blob, like the Borg from Star Trek. I’d laugh if it wasn’t so sad. Sounds like the serpent is alive and well.
I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness. John 1:23
2. Phil was only giving a type of testimony, like Evangelicals would at a meeting. He talked about many sins, as did John the Baptist over 2,000 years ago. Phil spoke against drunkenness, adultery, and pre-marital sex, but the media don’t mention that. Instead they zero in on a single subject to create a false narrative. Notice how they tear apart any other public figure on those other sins: Alec Baldwin’s drunken telephone rant, Tiger Woods’ adultery, and Sarah Palin’s daughter having a baby out of wedlock. But once you say something critical of homosexuality, it seems like no other sin matters.
Isn’t it ironic that all of this happened during Advent? We anticipate the coming of Christ during this season and hear sermons about John the Baptist. He tried to call people away from sin to pave the way for Jesus’ ministry. Doesn’t that sound familiar? Like Phil, John wasn’t treated very fairly either.
Is it you, you disturber of Israel? 1 Kings 18:17
3. Phil can also be seen as a parallel of Elijah. When the ancient Israelites were leading raucous and debauched lifestyles it was Elijah who tried to call them back. The above verse is how the King greeted Elijah. So even centuries before Christ, people who encouraged others to live morally were treated with mistrust and persecution.
What the secular lefties will never understand is that these situations have all been played out before. They think this is a new 21st century culture clash between their modernism and Christian medievalism. WRONG! Christians read the Bible and see stories of culture clashes between the God-fearing and the non-believers all the time.
Christians are models of perseverance through History, keeping the faith during times of persecution. The epistles of the New Testament are like pep-talks for those times. Anyone that reads this post and agrees with Phil, don’t give in to the media hype. Resistance is not futile.
(Part 2 here)