Denny Burk: I predicted privately some months ago that it would only be a matter of time before the media sniffed out the views of the Duck Dynasty guys about sexuality. I also predicted that when they did, their reception in the popular culture would turn on a dime. Well, here we are. In a wide-ranging interview with GQ, the “Duck Commander” Phil Robertson spoke candidly about his views. In particular, he identified homosexual behavior as sinful. In response, the A&E network has suspended Robertson from the television series indefinitely with this explanation:
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Yes, you read that right. Some “personal beliefs” are allowed at A&E, and some are not. If you happen to express a view on homosexuality in keeping with the entire 2,000-year consensus of the Christian church, A&E says that you are not allowed on their network.”
(Denny Burk is an Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville).
Opinion: Let me encourage you to click on the blue link above for the rest of Denny Burk’s comments. While I agree that the Duck Dynasty’s comments were crude, that is not what this is about. A war on Christianity and specifically what the Bible teaches about homosexuality has been heating up since President Obama evolved in his beliefs about same-sex marriage.
Before the left gets all nuts defending the same-sex marriage crowd, they might as well look in the mirror first.
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
There is a way to be judged righteous for each and every transgression against a holy God. Repent and accept the pardon that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ provides Romans 10:9.
Do you know Him?
(Thanks to Pastor Dan for sending this in)