Phil Robertson, LGBTQ, and Christianity

By now, I’m sure that just about any person in the United States is already aware of Duck Dynasty. And you’re probably also aware that Phil Robertson said some things. And you’re probably also aware that the LGBTQ community was not happy. And you’re probably also aware that A&E has sent Phil packing for a little while (an indefinite hiatus from the show).

Well. Now that you all know that if you didn’t already, what’s there to discuss?

  • I could talk about how the Bible says that homosexuality is wrong.
  • I could talk about how the LGBTQ community is overreacting.
  • I could talk about how the Christian community is overreacting.
  • I could talk about how Phil has a right to say what he would like to say.
  • I could talk about how Phil needs to be careful about what he says.
  • I could talk about how A&E needs to be more considerate about who they work with.
  • I could talk about how people need to just calm down.

I’m going to go with the last one.

There’s a problem in the United States. A big one. One that no one ever really considers.

Are you ready?

There are two sides to every problem.

Would you like my honest opinion?

With most problems, there is no right and wrong. There is no black and white. There is no good and bad. Given this entire situation, let’s look at it from both perspectives.

Christian: Phil Robertson stood up for something that he believes in, the LGBTQ community and anyone who is gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender or queer is just gross and disgusting and it’s just plain wrong. The Bible says that no man should lay with another man as a man lies with a woman (Lev 18:22 in case anyone has forgotten). And if the Bible says it, well then it’s true. And just because this group of people was offended does not mean in any way that Phil should be kicked off of the show. I mean, he is a good Christian man, standing up for his beliefs. God and the Bible need to be constantly put first in our lives.

 

LGBTQ: What the hell does Phil Robertson think he’s doing? Who the hell does he think he is? He has absolutely no right, whatsoever, to tell us that we can’t live our lives. He has no right to talk like that and say it’s wrong for us to like the same sex. He says it’s just wrong? His entire belief system is wrong. He really should just go and die in a hole. At the very least, A&E should take the show off the air. They shouldn’t just be letting, you can’t just let someone say that and expect everything to be okay! He’s a sick, sick man and needs to just, gahhhhh!

Okay. Now let’s take a step back. Both sides in this whole scenario really, really, really over-reacted. And I mean they really over-reacted. Like take a breath and simmer down.

In reply to the Christian side, I’ve read and believe the Bible the same that you do. However we have some distinct differences in our beliefs. For the Leviticus 18:22 believers, consider what else Leviticus says:

Leviticus also says do not lie (Lev. 19:11), do not show partiality or favoritism for any individuals (Lev. 19:15), do not slander others (Lev. 19:16), do nothing that endangers your neighbors life (Lev. 19:16), do not wear clothing woven of different kinds of material (Lev. 19:19), do not eat any meat with blood still in it (Lev. 19:26), do not cut the hair on the sides of your head or trim your beard (Lev. 19:27), you cannot have tattoos (Lev. 19:28), stand up in the presence of the elderly to show respect (Lev. 19:32), and anyone caught in adultery is to be put to death (Lev. 20:10).

I can virtually guarantee that no one person or family follows everything listed on this list. So if this is the list that is truly provided in Leviticus, please don’t just pick out the one verse that says most what you want to prove and then say “Well the Bible says it, so there.” Honestly, if I can speak frankly with you, that’s a really stupid argument. If you want to play that game, I can easily find verses that will allow me to say that Jesus approves of suicide. It’s called cherry-picking verses. Just don’t do it.

Now with that being said that there is no real substantive argument against homosexuality or any of the other LGBTQ pieces, is there an argument for homosexuality? That I cannot answer right now because, well I quite frankly don’t know.

One thing that I do know and can pull from the Christianity side is the whole “we need to put God and the Bible first” piece.

I agree with that. We do. But do we? After you turn Duck Dynasty off, do you read the Holy Scriptures? Do you say grace and give charitably and go to services and keep the Sabbath holy and follow every last rule set down in the scriptures and place God before everything that you do and love God more than you love others (including your children, spouse, parents, relatives, and friends)?

I would feel safe to wager that you don’t.

You probably get wrapped up in sports and yell or say or at least think foul things about your neighbors whom you are supposed to show nothing but love and respect for.

My final word for the Christian side, do not use God and the Bible to call for something that makes you uncomfortable unless you can prove that you have no fault of your own according to the same standard that you are using to judge others.

In reply to the LGBTQ side, you do make people uncomfortable. They don’t understand you. I will stand with you and say that your lifestyle is not wrong. But that does not make it okay for you to use your status as a minority group to make people feel bad for you. You should not cry wolf every time someone does something that is offensive to you, because you do just as many things that are offensive to others.

Yes, you have had to fight for things that, as a human being, should have been available to you from the beginning. Yes, you have a ton of things going against you. But why make people hate you more? It is one man, Phil Robertson, who gave his opinion. The big deal is only a big deal for two reasons.

One, because you make it a big deal, and two, he’s a celebrity. If you ran into him on the street and he said what he said, you would most likely brush it off and go on with your day. Maybe it would bother you for a few days, but eventually it would be in the recesses of your mind and long forgotten.

For as loving as a group that the LGBTQ community claims to be, you have within you a few members whom are very outspoken and hate Christians. You bash their beliefs and lifestyle just as much as they do yours. But in your eyes, you are innocent and they are monsters.

The problem here is that both parties are claiming the other is wrong. 

The LGBTQ community, who claims to accept anyone with love, does not do so.

The Christian community, who claims to accept anyone with love, does not do so.

Let me be completely frank, the majority of Christians don’t care about who you date, kiss, and have sex with. And the majority of the LGBTQ community doesn’t care who you worship, pray to, and follow as a deity. Every person is a human being, no matter what they believe and no matter who they choose to have an intimate relationship with. Because of that, every person is worthy of acceptance. 

If you would put aside your indifference, you might even find that you have more in common than you realize. And remember, it was one man’s opinion. One man whom people normally would have ignored and moved on from, but he happens to be a celebrity, and so everyone is up in arms.

Let’s just take a breath, and let it go.

You are no longer children, don’t act like children. Every person deserves love, make that your message and you will find that we are united in our differences.

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