Duck Call

I’m certain that everyone is aware of the “comments” that the patriarch of the Robertson family has been raked over the coals regarding and suspended by A&E.  (Kudos to the family for standing by Phil and basically invoking their faith in the face of worldly criticism).

The responses coming from the media and much of the morning drive radio listener crowd are that his reputation has been sullied by this “slip of the tongue.”  But did he really slip?  I think what he said was straight from the heart however coarse and uncultured it may sound to the sin-tolerant ear.

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.

John 8:1-11

Jesus did not condemn the sinner, but He commands them to stop sinning.

 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

Romans 7:17-20

It is impossible to serve two masters – you either serve God or you serve sin.  Murder, lust, adultery, theft, homosexuality, and the rest are all sinful to God.  There is no Diet Sin, it is all SIN – it is anathema to His holy nature whether it is just a little white lie or mass murder.  What Phil Robertson said was not wrong.  It may have been insensitive in the politically correct media’s opinion, but it was not wrong.

For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 8:3-8

What makes more sense – a moral code passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years unchanged or a fad that has entrenched itself in less than five percent of the world population which is known to be a major social and health risk for participants.

Phil was not condemning those that call themselves gay.  I heard no such pronouncement in his statements, but what I did here was an opinion, based on scripture, that is congruent with the message of Jesus Christ – sin no more.

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