This happened at a perfect time in my life. Because of an internal battle I was recently having with myself, I am now properly and confidently equipped to take my stance in this battle. For the past several days I’ve been asking myself this: “As a Christian, I know homosexuality is against my faith as are several other lifestyle choices. How do I show love to the people whose lifestyle I disagree with?”
I recently found my answer, which lies in this phrase: “Judge the sin, not the sinner. ”
I love Duck Dynasty. I love the Robertsons, I love the family values they encourage and I love the God that they glorify. It makes me so happy to see their television show booming and every time I see a product in a store that has been Robertson-styled (nail files, nail polish, bedroom slippers, throws, bedding, hair bows, sleepwear, games, slingshots, etc, etc, etc) I gleam with happiness because do you know what that explosion of gear means? It means there is a lot of demand for it. Do you know what that means? It means that there are tons of people out there who support this show and family. Do you know what THAT means? It means tons of Americans are getting AT LEAST a weekly dose of family values, wholesome humor AND, most importantly, Christian morals. And the fact that there’s a demand for the Duck Dynasty gear means that THEY ARE ENJOYING THAT WEEKLY DOSE OF GOODNESS.
So what is the problem here? The founder of Duck Commander said he didn’t agree with a homosexual lifestyles and he called it a sin?
Uhm, let me be very blunt and clear here-and I’m sure a lot of people will disagree but I have the Bible backing me up-homosexuality IS A SIN.
It is. It’s a sin.
But you know what? So is lying, stealing, cheating, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, addiction and a ton of other things. Sin is something everyone does. I do it. You do it. Your preacher does it. WE ALL DO IT. It’s inevitable. I sin daily, intentionally and unintentionally. I mess up! Thank God, Jesus took care of all of that a long time ago when He died on the cross for me because if He hadn’t given me the gift of forgiveness I, you, all of us would be LITERALLY doomed.
I firmly believe that choosing a homosexual lifestyle is a sin. Why? Because the Bible tells me it is.
Do I hate you for being gay? No. In fact, I love you because you are my brother or sister in Christ. You are human. You are no better or worse than I. The label “gay” does not define who you are as a person. I am actually going to assume that you’re a nice person with love and happiness in your heart. Peace and kudos, dude.
Do I agree with your lifestyle? No. Do I want the best for you? Yes. Do I care about you? Yes. Am I going to come up to you, slap you in the face with my Bible and scream profanities at you? Uhm, most certainly not.
It appears I’m being pretty kind to you. Okay, we disagree, friend. That’s fine, want to go get coffee?
So why is it that your group of homosexual supporters are so… mean? Why is it that you guys encourage freedom of expression until it goes against your opinion? Why is it that you can FIRE someone for their beliefs and faith? How would you and the LGBT Community feel if I FIRED you for your lifestyle? I’m sure I would be attacked for it.
You know, although I disagree with your lifestyle I would never degrade you or replace you because of it. In fact, if you worked for me I wouldn’t give a damn if you’re black, white, straight, gay, or an old cat lady if you are honest, dependable and a hard worker I will keep you and treasure you as an employee of mine. I will support you in life and if you ever needed to move on from my place of employment I would write you letters of recommendation.
Why can’t you be as accepting of my Christian lifestyle? It’s okay to disagree, people. Last time I checked the world was made up with billions of people who all have different lifestyles. That’s a lot of lifestyles. We obviously aren’t all going to agree. So why are we expected to? And why is it so unacceptable for us to disagree?
I just don’t think it’s right that I am constantly degraded for my Christian faith because I’m accused of being the degrader. It’s a huge messy oxymoron. I do not degrade you, gay community. I just don’t agree with ONE ASPECT of your life. ONE ASPECT. I believe that you as a person are SO MUCH MORE than the word “gay” so quit jumping down my freaking throat because we disagree on ONE THING. Quit attacking innocent people for expressing themselves and exercising their opinions.
Now, to wrap up my piece, A&E this is to you.
When is the last time you updated your Facebook profile photo? I’m just curious because your profile picture boasts the slogan “Be Original.” Forgive me if I am misunderstanding, but do you mean “Be Yourself”? Doesn’t that go hand in hand with freedom of expression and freedom of speech? If you think that the phrase “Be Original” is the best one to describe you as a company then you need to rethink what you just did. Because you just tried to silence someone (keyword try, I highly doubt Phil Robertson cares what you think of his lifestyle) for well, being original.
You just messed up big time. I don’t blame gays and I most certainly do not blame Phil Robertson. I blame you guys for being complete idiots. Did you not realize when you signed the Robertson’s that they were Christians? Did you not know Christian faith does not encourage homosexuality? Did you not realize that Duck Dynasty is your biggest money maker? You can support LGBT all you want. You can support Christians all you want. But as an American TV Network you should most certainly be supporting the first amendment no questions asked.
I won’t be watching your network until you publicly apologize to Mr. Robertson and ask him back. And when you do grow some cojones and ask him back I hope he tells you to shove it up your close-minded ____.
And that’s all I have to say about that.