Why is A&E in such a predicament over Duck Dynasty?

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Warning:  The message contained below is a Biblical worldview.  If you wish to express disagreement do so with respect or you will be promptly deleted, if you wish to convince me of a contrary position, present Biblical truth or don’t bother.

There has already been so much written on this subject, that it almost seems hopeless to use my little blog to discuss it.  Yet I’ve had some observations that I want to put on paper, figuratively speaking of course.

The other night a friend sent me a text message asking me what I thought about it.  He and I discuss God quite a bit, although we have very different views on Christianity, he being Catholic and me being a Reformed Protestant.

I’ll get to my response later.

A&E has attempted to make a stand because they’ve responded to a very small segment of the population.  But let’s not be fooled, this segment is powerful in their voice and they will be heard.  They will be heard through any tactic necessary.  Even though very few people agree with them.

Let’s also realize the folks at A&E are in agreement with the aforementioned community and therein lies their predicament.

You see they’ve partnered with something they don’t agree with.  They no more agree with the Robertson family lifestyle than they agree the Bible is truth.  Yet it’s pragmatic for them to partner with the Robertson family and especially as the show grew to be the most popular show on cable and reality television.

In order to appeal to their, I’ll call them their constituency; they must make a stand against Phil Robertson’s comments.  To not do so would certainly cause offense and backlash.  Would it have the same effect as the backlash now against A&E?  That’s arguable, but doubtful.  We need look no further than Chick-fil-A to see which group has more muscle.

The problem for A&E is that they’ve awakened a sleeping giant, ask Cracker Barrel how that worked out.  The much greater share of the population does not approve.  While most of these people are not truly regenerate, born again Christians, many profess Christianity and will agree to some extent that Phil Robertson is not totally out of touch with reality or “modern” America.

So now what does A&E do?  The Robertson Family has clearly stated they won’t go on with the program without Phil.  Phil has clearly stated he is standing behind his statement that the Bible is truth and what he said he believes.

It seems to me A&E has a big problem.  Will they stand by their convictions or will they stand by the almighty dollar?  Do they have the convictions Phil Robertson has about his beliefs?  What an incredibly interesting situation.

The last and most important predicament the brain trust at A&E has them in and it’s by far the most important; they are at enmity with God, I speak generally, because I don’t know any of them personally.

Phil Robertson has placed his trust in God’s word and God’s word tells us all mankind is under the wrath of God.  See Romans 1:18 through 3:20.

My response to my friend was as follows:

I affirm all that he said.  He spoke biblical truth quoting 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.  He probably could have been a little less crass in his description of the homosexual act, but he spoke truth.  It’s certainly a longer conversation than a text message if we were to dig deeper into sin and depravity and what it means to be at enmity with God vs. being at peace with God.  All unrepentant sin is an offense to God.  I would encourage you to read 1 Corinthians and Romans Chapters 1-5.  Let me know if you’d like to discuss.

1 Corinthians 6 9-11 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you. 

This is crystal clear.  You can reject this, but there is no doubt what Paul is saying.  Homosexuality is no worse than adultery.  No worse than fornication (having sexual relations outside of marriage; that’s Biblical marriage, not a redefined marriage).    And so it goes… but let there be no doubt, it’s all sin and if you live in this lifestyle you will NOT inherit God’s kingdom.

But did you notice the good news?  “And such were some of you.”  We must understand that those who are changed by God’s word through the revelation of sin will be saved from the wrath of God.

What a glorious truth.  What a glorious hope for those in sin.  Many people will say his statements are judgmental or unloving.  No, I can’t imagine anything more loving.

The gospel is good news, do you believe that?  Jesus came to earth and lived the perfect life that you and I are incapable of living.  He went to the cross to save those who would believe in Him.  He saved us from Himself.  The Son of God became man, to save Believer’s from God.  What an incredible act of love.

For Believers Phil Robertson’s stand should give us cause for great joy.  What an opportunity to start a conversation with someone today about their eternal destiny.  What an opportunity to show them God’s word.  No matter what you think of Phil Robertson, or certain positions his church might teach let’s look at this as a wonderful opportunity.

Philippians 1:15-18 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill:  The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.  What then?  Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached: and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.

Soli Deo Gloria!

 

Kevin

What should I do?

DSCN2597I have a friend that we recently sat down and had breakfast together.  I’ve discussed the gospel often with him and have made attempts at explaining the truth of God’s word.

Most people are willing to live their lives without any real concept of God.  They are content.  They trust in themselves that everything is okay.

On this occasion I could see that my friend was struggling because he recently had a close encounter with death.  Not himself, but someone that he knew.  It wasn’t expected…  is it ever?  This man was under 40 years of age and he left a family to figure out how to go on without a husband and a father.  This man woke up one day not realizing this would be his last day on earth.  What a weighty and powerful thought.

Have you considered today could be your last day?  I doubt it; I know I didn’t think that this morning.  What happens when you die?  These are all questions we must consider now, while we are here on earth.

What will happen once you die?

Will you go to heaven?  Are you good enough to go to heaven?

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Isn’t this bad news?  Haven’t we all committed some of these sins?  Paul is clear isn’t he?  See also Galatians 5:19-21.

I know what some of you will think, just like I used to think.  “Well I’m not that bad and surely God will overlook most or some of my sins.”

I’d like for you to consider that your sin and that my sin is an insurmountable debt.  One that is impossible for you to pay.   Let’s use an analogy of the financial mess this country is in of the debt you have incurred against God.

Jane Wells of CNBC puts the federal budget in household terms:

According to the White House, below are projected revenues and expenditures for 2013 without the bill approved to avoid the fiscal cliff:

  • Income: $2,902,000,000,000
  • Outlays: $3,803,000,000,000
  • Deficit: $ 901,000,000,000

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill voted on New Year’s Day actually adds $349,640,000,000 to the deficit this year, despite the tax increases.

That makes the new deficit $1,250,640,000,000. Meantime, our National Debt is somewhere around $16,400,000,000,000 at the moment.

Hard to get your head around all those zeroes? Why not remove seven of the zeroes after each figure and look at these numbers like it’s your household budget:

  • Income: $290,200
  • Spending: $380,300
  • Deficit: $90,100

Deficit after you make fiscal cliff changes: $125,064
Balance on your credit card: $1,640,000

I know you are thinking that “my sin is really not that bad”.  I’m here to tell you your sin is that bad.  You are defiled, you are like raw sewage and in the deceitfulness of sin it’s impossible to see.

How many times have you lied in your life?  It’s estimated the average man lies six times per day.  That’s over 87,000 lies by the time you are 40 years old.

How many times have you had angry thoughts about someone that Jesus actually equates to murder?  See my article on murder.

Think about how often you’ve gossiped?  Must I continue on for you to see your misery or are you starting to get just a glimpse?

Sin has a cost.  It must be paid for.  The choice is easy.  You pay for it, or allow Christ to pay for it.  He already paid the price and now you must make a decision.

You can think that it’s going to be okay…

You can believe you are good enough…

Or you can ask the question.  What should I do?  This is the question my friend asked.

James 4:6-10 But He gives more grace.  Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners: and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Lament and mourn and weep!  Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

If this seems difficult to understand and it might even seem harsh I would ask you to consider what it meant for Christ to go to the cross?  He had to die a brutal death, endure the shame and punishment, take on the wrath of God to pay for the sin that you and I are incapable of paying for.  He didn’t deserve to die, but because of an incredible love He did it so some could be saved.

Upon your death you will stand before God and give an account of your life.  Today gives an opportunity to realize you are poor and destitute, unable to pay your debts on your own.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 

The “good-news”, the gospel says you don’t have to pay your debt because Jesus Christ has already paid the price.  Do you believe that?

What will you do?

Kevin