Robertson’s remarks couldn’t have come at a better time of year.
The controversy over Phil Robertson’s comments about homosexuality in GQ magazine show just how intolerant the liberal left really is. “Politically correct” speech isn’t about politics at all: it’s is about imposing certain approved ways of thought upon society. To vary from this orthodoxy doesn’t get one burned at the stake—but it is cause to be pilloried by the liberal press and have one’s livelihood attacked in revenge. Robertson is just the latest victim in the left’s modern day, never ending witch hunt.
His “controversial” remarks were in an interview. The interview asked for his opinion and he gave it. The subject was sin generally, not homosexuality only. When asked what he found sinful, Robertson said “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.”
That’s not just some random list: Robertson is speaking about some of the sexual sins listed in Leviticus 22. Christian and Jewish believers have known these things to be morally abhorrent to God for millennia.
He didn’t stop there. He also paraphrased 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.” (1 Cor 6:9-10)
Robertson knows what he’s talking about. He said, “I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.”
Why is this controversial? Does he not have a right to his opinions? When asked, should he not give it?
Here’s the problem with what he said: it contradicts what some would like to believe. They would like to believe that homosexuality is not a sin. They would like to believe that their behavior is normal and that same-sex relationships are the same as heterosexual relationships. They would like to believe that they are being persecuted for their beliefs whenever someone says that their activities are immoral, unnatural, or just plain wrong, as Phil Robertson did.
In short, many people don’t want to believe there is such a thing as sin. They certainly don’t believe that they are sinners or that they are doing anything “wrong.” The problem for these people is that the vast majority of Americans still identify as Christians. With that belief goes the concept of sin, of right and wrong, of a code of ethics and morality that people strive to follow—imperfectly, to be sure.
A spokesman for GLAAD disagreed with Robertson’s beliefs. Wilson Cruz called Robertson’s statements “vile” and “littered with outdated stereotypes.” He also said, “Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe.”
Cruz apparently doesn’t understand what true Christians believe.
He further stated, “Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”
First the denunciation, then the threat of retaliation.
In fact, Robertson showed no disdain. In a statement he released to Fox following A&E’s action, he said,
"I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."
That, Mr. Cruz, is what Christians really believe. The Old Testament shows us that human nature is sinful. It gives us an impossible standard to live up to and convicts us for our sinful ways. But more than that—and particularly in Isaiah—there is a foreshadowing that a savior will come to save us because we are incapable of saving ourselves.
That is the real meaning of Christmas. That’s why Jesus’ birth is important. Without sin, there is no need for a Savior. With Jesus the Christ, a man like Phil Robertson can change his life and go on to tell others.
The “controversy” over Robertson’s remarks couldn’t have come at a better time of year.