I couldn’t begin to count the number of articles I have read over the past three to four days (feels like weeks) concerning the “controversial” statements that Phil Robertson made. This is the one I just read, so you can click on that to get a good understanding of why I and so many others are so outraged by the response of A&E.
The network is not fully to blame for the outrage, however. GLAAD and the rest of the LGBT community are responsible for most of it. To put it simply, you’re demanding that everyone not only tolerate your lifestyle, but accept it and approve of it, no matter what our beliefs are. In other words, if our beliefs contradict what you desire, we need to change our beliefs. It seems so easy when I type it like that.
A Christian is commissioned by God to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice to those who do not know Him. A Christian is to be a light to the world, so that the rest of the world can see the Christian and how he lives, so they will try to find out what makes him/her different from everyone else. Once the Christian has helped others to know Christ, it is then time to help them learn about God, and His plan (including rules) for Christians to follow.
There are certain things that people do that are not part of God’s plan. For instance…
God does not want us to murder people. As surprising as this may be, not everyone has a problem with murder. Killing in times of war and murder are two separate things entirely, so I will not respond to anyone debating this.
One other part of God’s plan is that a man will marry a woman, and they will become one flesh. The Bible (God’s word) goes on to very explicitly state that any sexual relations outside of the marriage (one man and one woman) is an abomination.
Using just those two examples really does not do God’s Word justice. However, in light of what follows, I’ll let it sit for now.
The United States of America was founded on Christian principles. Murder was included in the law. Several states actually have laws against adultery, even though they probably haven’t actually enforced those laws in the past fifty years. When these laws were created, a great percentage of the population of the United States of America was Christian. Christian back then was much more strict than it is for most of America today.
It does not matter, really. As Christians, our job is not to condemn the world or the people in it. The Bible teaches that we are all guilty of sin. The Bible also explains what all of those sins are. The Bible also tells us how we can escape the penalty for sin (The Good News).
So for those who have made it this far, I want you to recognize one important thing. Just because someone does not agree with you, that does not mean that they hate you or that they want you to burn in a lake of fire for all of eternity. If your beliefs are different, that’s fine, but you are not going to change their mind by being hateful and calling them bigoted and other names I do not care to mention.
I’m fairly certain that over the past few days I have alienated some of my “friends” with some of the articles I’ve shared on Facebook. But if they had actually taken the time to read what I had shared, they would understand that I am upset about the tendency for the LGBT community to call for tolerance of their lifestyle, but intolerance for those who reference beliefs that do not align with their lifestyle.