I’m a Christian…..I’m a pastor…..I’m relatively politically conservative.
I don’t particularly like Duck Dynasty.
Not because I don’t like the Robertsons, or hunting or fishing or Jesus…But because I don’t have cable, and I don’t really like ‘reality tv’.
I LOVE what the show stands for however, because I think it’s great that America is able to see what a real life, Christian family looks like from the inside. I firmly believe that the show is making a positive difference in our culture.
The recent ‘indefinite’ suspension of Phil Robertson, the show’s patriarch, because he shares his agreement with Biblical instruction concerning sexuality in GQ magazine that prints in January 2014 concerns me.
Not just because I agree with his stance, but because, I think we need to wake up to the reality that we can no longer expect the government, laws, media or American society to affirm the proclamation of Biblical morality.
We need to stop treating America like a big church that has simply drifted in it’s theology, that we can call “back to her roots.”
This country is not a faith community that we are simply called to morally police, it is a mission field full of people who do not know Jesus and thus do not care what the Bible says. Furthermore, they will not care until they’re born again.
We’re called by God to preach the gospel of Jesus to every nation, and we need to start with our own.
The Constitution is a great foundation for governing our nation, but it is not the Bible, it is not inerrant, it was written by fallible human beings, and thus we cannot expect it to supernaturally protect us from being persecuted for our Faith.
Democracy is beautiful, government for the people, of the people, by the people, but it is a double edged sword, because ultimately it reveals the character of a people. 250 years has pulled back the curtain on who we really are–a people who need Jesus, just like the rest of the world.
So don’t be fooled America, the solution is not simply political, it’s the Gospel.
We are who we are, and only Jesus can change us.