If you’ve never heard of “Duck Dynasty” it probably means you either live in the nursing home or just never cut the television on. These country boys’ faces are all over the place as many love their Christian values and the fact you never know what might happen during any episode. Recently, one of the biggest stars of the show was indefinitely suspended by their host television network A & E.
In a recent interview, Phil Robertson, the 67-year-old patriarch of the Robertson family, was asked, “What, in your mind, is sinful?” Robertson responded:
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”“…..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, you see what I’m saying?”
It was these comments that have created enough controversy that A & E believed it necessary to remove this man’s presence from the show. Now, I’m not here to debate anything, but simply state facts that every Christian needs to know if their faith is to have huge impact today.
#1: True Christians are the minority. Contrary to some people’s perception, most people today were not raised in church. Most people in this world do not profess Christ as their Savior and Lord. Yes, there are quite a bit of people that use God’s name casually and conveniently, but few are really committed to following Christ. This means Christians can’t assume the person to their right or left is walking down the same road and with the same God. There are very few people I know doing the following.
(Luke 9:23) “Then Jesus said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”
#2: God’s Truth Is Not Seen As The Authority. Somehow, our slogan is still ”In God We Trust”, but God’s word is not highly regarded from the white house to the average house. We live in an Anti-Christian society where most people have a personal world view that is far from a true Christian world view. A true Christian accepts God’s word as the ultimate authority on how we should live, love and carry ourselves in this life. Most people have a new age theology made up some God given truth mixed with beliefs they have created. Many have taken it upon themselves to rewrite the bible, determine their own rights and wrongs, and allow society to dictate what is acceptable.
(2 Timothy 4:3) For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
#3: Expect Persecution To Continue. Here is the part most believers don’t want to hear. If you truly take a stand on God’s word persecution will follow. It may come from your family, your school, your work place, and even make the news. Jesus himself was persecuted and even nailed to a cross for no deserved reason. In a confused, Casual Christian society you can expect that you will have many who disagree with your perspective and lifestyle.
(John 15:20) Jesus said, “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.”
Let me wrap all this up by asking, “Will The Real Christ Followers Please Stand Up?” Do what you know is right, stand for what you know is true, and don’t ever give up on your faith. However, don’t think you can win this world for Christ through meaningless debates and the force feeding of your beliefs. Simply love as Jesus loved, live as Jesus lived, and leave the rest to an Almighty God just like Jesus did.