On Phil Robertson and Homosexuality

Phil Robertson photo credit: harvest.orgSocial media is all abuzz after Phil Robertson of Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty fame answered questions concerning homosexuality during an interview for Gentleman’s Quarterly magazine. This statement seems to be the one that has so many people up in arms:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” Robertson stated. “I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.” (Source: http://houston.cbslocal.com/2013/12/18/duck-dynasty-star-a-vagina-is-more-desirable-than-a-mans-anus/)

From a purely Scriptural standpoint, Robertson’s take on homosexuality is correct. The act of sex between two individuals of the same gender is a sin. Scripture is abundantly clear on this point in both the Old and New Testaments (Romans 1 is one NT example). As Martin Luther would say, “This is most certainly true.”

With that said, Scripture also teaches that each of us has sinned and falls short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) which pretty much levels the playing field here on Earth for all of us sinners, regardless of the sins we commit. Hence, all of us are in need of salvation – the homosexual, the drunkard, the swindler, the liar, the thief, the foul mouthed, those living lives of debauchery…you get my point.

So how does the Christian respond to this issue? I believe we are to be honest about what God tells us in His Word, and in doing so we are to share His word out of an attitude of love and respect for our fellow human beings; we are to love one another as Christ loved us (John 13:34). If we know what Scripture says but are not honest in sharing it, we are not acting out of love for our fellow human being; we are doing them a huge and selfish disservice. Such honesty comes with a price, and Phil Robertson is experiencing that now. Personally, I’d rather be Scripturally truthful and pay the earthly price for that than bow to the whims of societal PC when such is contrary to what Scripture teaches. I suspect that Phil Robertson feels the same way.

Although the precept of “hate the sin, love the sinner” is not recorded verbatim in Scripture, it is a precept that Jesus demonstrated throughout His earthly ministry. I believe it is the precept that we who trust in Him as our Lord and Savior ought to live by as well, especially when dealing with sin in our own lives, in the lives of others, and in society at large. Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well offers a good example of this (John 4:5-26).

Phil Robertson also said this:

“If you simply put your faith in Jesus coming down in flesh, through a human being, God becoming flesh living on the earth, dying on the cross for the sins of the world, being buried, and being raised from the dead—yours and mine and everybody else’s problems will be solved. And the next time we see you, we will say: ‘You are now a brother. Our brother.’ So then we look at you totally different then…We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job…We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus – whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ‘em out later.” (See link above)

Those wanting to burn Robertson at the stake aren’t talking about that comment. I’d say he hit the nail on the head.

(Photo credit: harvest.org)

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