The uproar is real and sensible. Many of us feel a keen sense of something being wrong, really wrong. It is much bigger than some fun-loving bearded guys. It has blown up many a Facebook newsfeed, but is more than just something to status about. It speaks in a profound way to where we are today. For Christians, it is a place we hoped we would never be.
As for the show itself, I have not been its biggest fan. Nothing personal– it just seems like a bunch of guys shooting the breeze at work. As long as there are places where men work without women there will always be that competitive, braggadocio type of discussion about how everything should be done, whether it is important like big life issues or how to play golf ( yes I saw that episode). Still, it is positive, as it is at least harmless, and even more, pro-family with the Lord as a natural part of that family. For the record, my children love it.
As for Phil Robertson’s comments, I fully support his right to speak his opinion. As Albert Mohler well said, I wonder if GQ was the best place to do so and I wish he had been a little more discreet in his actual word choice. In any event, the essence of what he said is the Christian position. Whether anyone likes it or not, it is the position the Lord has given us in the Bible. That really isn’t the debate as it is simply too obvious.
There has been many well written pieces on the deep intolerance in the modern brand of “tolerance“. It is the height of hypocrisy, of course. To say we can’t take a critical position against anyone or anything because ultimately truth and certainty aren’t real while proclaiming Christianity is wrong to speak up for its morals and its exclusive Savior is hopelessly illogical! But I guess logic is lying in the ditch several miles back on our country’s journey. I shake my head at this, but the point is that it is where we are nonetheless.
How deeply engrained is this problem today? Take the A & E Network for example. They did it. The bragging rights were theirs. They had the most successful program in the history of cable television. They could smile all the way to the bank. How great is the pressure of silencing the Christian voice and especially our position on homosexuality? They were willing to jeopardize their most profitable show to have the approval of the Far Left. They are a for-profit company, with shareholders to answer to, and they did this! I can only think of one reason for such action–their belief that the Far Left has the power that must be answered to. No other explanation makes sense to me as business executives have their jobs on the line always for the bottom line. It is spooky when there is something more powerful than the bottom line. I am not saying that all greed is good, but it is predictable–at least until now.
Don’t think this the only such case. Ask Craig James, college football commentator, who lost his position with Fox Sports in a similar fashion. It is happening in many places. That is the real crisis.
This is the beginning of persecution. Working in corporate America is already a stroll nothin ice. Ditto if you work in any government or school agency. Being shoved out the door for simply holding a Christian position is already a distinct possibility. The trend is growing into other fields. We have had the PC Police for a longtime, but now bucking them comes at great cost.
If this doesn’t turn around, it won’t be long until holding and sharing this position will be criminalized. I fear the next step will be government involvement in the pulpits of the land. I suspect it will hit radio first, then actually churches. We will not be the first country to travel this road, but I dread it, don’t you?
We had better take a stand. I appreciate the Robertson family standing by Phil. Let all we who name the Name of Christ be ready to stand with each other. If not, the slide down the slippery slop will only crash at the bottom sooner. May the Lord help us and our country.
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