I might as well offer my two cents on the Ducky Dynasty v. A&E saga. Everyone else in America is today. Even if they weren’t, I’m too bothered not to say something. The reason I’m bothered might actually surprise you. I’m not bothered by Phil’s statements. Phil is a Christian. Most Christians-along with a lot of other religious adherents–believe exactly as Phil does. I do. And, though I would not have expressed it as graphically as Phil did, if I were asked the same question, my answer would be based on the Bible just as his was. Phil spoke what he believed and I believe he had a right to.
I’m not bothered by A & E’s decision to pull him from the show. Do I agree with it? Not really. I think Phil had a right to say what he believed (see above). But it’s their channel. It’s their dollars to spend how they see fit. I’m not surprised that they stand in support of the LBGT movement on that channel any more than I am that the religious channels support the cause of Christ. I think they will regret the decision. You don’t minimize the most popular show in the history of your station and expect to come out on top. But that’s why they are a second rate cable channel and not on the same level with the big boys of TV.
I wouldn’t be bothered if Phil and his clan moved to another station. Once again, it’s their life. If they don’t like the way it’s portrayed or they are handled, then they should feel free to move on to another station or drop from sight entirely. That’s free enterprise at work. You pick and choose who you do business with. If they move, millions of Americans will follow them. I will.
What bothers me most is that this conversation over homosexuality has turned us into enemies yet again in this country. We talk about freedom of expression and speech in our country yet we spend millions of words and dollars trying to control each other. One mention of the subject and we are instantly in attack mode towards other human beings. Did you catch that? We’re angry at someone else who God loves deeply. I’ve read several articles and blogs these last few hours and every…single…one of them had people from both sides who were threatening to hurt others…who were condemning others… who were dehumanizing the other side. All of them were like angry school children. Here’s the problem. We’re not kids. We are grown adults. And whether I like how you live or understand why you choose that way, I should be able to discuss this with you in a respectful way. And you should be able to as well. So, let’s grow up. Let’s talk about these issues in a civil manner. My belief that the homosexual lifestyle is contrary to what the Bible teaches does NOT mean I don’t love you. It simply means that you and I have a different understanding. What will my response be to that? I’m going to pray for you…just like I pray for my pastor, my President, my wife, my kids, and the neighbor who doesn’t see eye-to-eye with me. I’m going to love you like I love the adulterer who came to me for counseling, the family member who chose to walk away from his family and my friend who has a tremendous drug and alcohol problem. Now, if you are not a Christ follower, feel free to stop reading here. But if you choose to read on, you might learn something about “those” Christians.
Let’s be honest. There are a lot of people who call themselves Christian who don’t have a clue what that means. They give us a bad name. They wear the t-shirt but don’t know what is entailed by the commitment to follow after Christ. Unfortunately, we don’t always do our best to represent Christ either. Could it be that God is asking us to love–really love–those who are different from us despite our disagreements? Obviously, the answer is yes. A resounding yes. We can’t pick and choose who we love. We can’t pray for our friend and not pray for our “enemy.” We’ve not been given that option. Perhaps the reason the world has such a screwed up view of what real Christianity is like is because we have hidden it behind our poor representations of Christ. That’s not their fault. It’s ours. So how should you and I respond to what’s happened in the last 24 hours? Not hateful language. Not a lengthy Facebook debate. I would submit to you that Christ would say, “Love them–all of them–more deeply, more purely, more completely. Leave the changing of their heart up to me.”