Okay, I give in. I said I wasn’t going to comment on the Duck Dynasty fiasco, but here I am offering five lessons to learn from the situation.
Lesson #1This is not an issue of “free speech,” but of “funded speech.” A&E is not saying Phil Robertson can’t say what he said, but they are saying that he’s not going to say those words while on their payroll. While there are many examples of where free speech is being challenged in our culture, this is not one of them. A&E has a right to hire and fire someone in the same fashion a religious organization has the right to fire an employee who expresses values contrary to their belief system.
Lesson #2There is a double standard, and probably always has been. The kickback from a Christian being critical of the homosexual community is far greater than the kickback would be if someone from the homosexual community was critical of Christianity. But listen, the world is the world and always has been. Christians are always going to be on the outside looking in. This should come as no surprise. Jesus told us that since the world hated him, it would also hate his disciples (John 15:18; John 17:14). I don’t like it, but I can’t expect the world to live up to the values and ethics of Jesus. I’m just thankful we’ve had the degree of religious freedom that we have had for as long as we have had it. I’m not saying just “lay down,” but I am saying, “Don’t act so shocked.”
The world hasn’t cornered the market on “double standards.” Christians are sometimes blind to double standards as well. Intoxicating beverages are a scourge to our nation! Don’t be vocal in opposition to the stand A&E has taken while remaining as silent at the tomb with respect to the decision the Robertson family has made to produce intoxicating beverages. If you’re willing to boycott A&E for their stand in favor of homosexuality, then why wouldn’t you also be willing to boycott Duck Dynasty for their stand with reference to the scourge that is alcohol.
Sometimes we’re guilty of “selective outrage.” Let’s not express outrage at A&E for the decision they made, then turn around and watch and laugh at the most irreverent sitcoms, go to the foul-language laden latest movies, and and read the latest salacious book on the best sellers list. Learn to abhor all sin. Let’s be consistent.
Thank God for our heavenly citizenship! While I have a deep sense of nationalism, my appreciation for my U.S. citizenship pales in comparison to my heavenly citizenship. Our national morals have been lost and we are picking up momentum on the moral downgrade. Apart from a catastrophic event, I don’t know what will stop it. I fear for my children and grandchildren and the world in which they will have to live. I have reached the point in my life when I can fervently pray, as did the apostle John, “Lord come quickly.” Until then, we must do our best to be faithful stewards of the gospel, and point people to Jesus by our words, attitudes, and actions.
These are five lessons I’ve learned. Do you have others you’d like to share?