America’s New Religion

As we close out the year, the close of this week got me thinking; America now has an official religion.

Chris Rock joked in the past that America worships money.  That is true, but even the almighty dollar seems to have taken a backseat to a new deity.  A new savior has come in to sweep the masses.  Hate.  Allow me to expound…

Phil Robertson, of the A&E show “Duck Dynasty,” was suspended by the network after comments he made in a GQ interview became public.  In that interview, he was asked about, and discussed some of his views on racism in the South, homosexuality and how it pertains to his faith, and modern immorality.  Everyone, (and I mean everyone) has commented on the statements.  GLAAD and the NAACP/Human Rights Campaign have all condemned what they feel to be vile and hateful remarks.  Just look at what happens when you Google the text contained in 1 Corinthians 6.

Here’s where I disagree with the bulk of America.  In an interview, a man with an already established set of beliefs, reiterated those beliefs.  An opinion was asked of Robertson, and that is what he gave.  He later had this to say about his suspension and the uproar following his interview:

“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. However, 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.”

I certainly agree with Robertson and his response.  What people fell to realize is that when they come out and condemn him on believing the Bible, they are forcing their beliefs upon him, and those who feel the same as he does.  Did he say that no Blacks in the South were ever mistreated? No.  He said that HE never witnessed it, or saw any effects of it.  That same statement could have come from a Black person in the South.  The critics of Robertson missed a very poignant portion of the interview, where he stated “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?”

That is a crucial part of the interview to just “skim over.”  It seems that all of the media just missed the part

This is clearly a moment when everyone, from all sides of the argument, need to step back and relax.  As Robertson said in his statement, “We are all created by the Almighty…”
I have never, and I repeat never watched a second of Duck Dynasty.  Not my kind of show.  I don’t do scripted reality shows (except for Monday Night Raw) and I don’t hunt.  I do think that it is completely unfair for media to paint a picture of intolerance over a certain viewpoint (Christendom) while not realizing that the viewpoints it often is guilty of criticizing (acceptance of homosexuality, free will, etc.) are completely off limits.  This is the double standard that often gets incorrectly attached to a Christian worldview.
So while everyone is quick to paint Robertson’s words as hateful, what exactly did he say that was so hateful?  He quoted scripture (1 Corinthians 6:9-11), which when written by Paul, was written for the very purpose of helping to save those who had become trapped in a sinful, deadly life.  The purpose of the passage was of Christ-like love to the believers and nonbelievers in Corinth on staying strong in a sinful world.  The context used by Robertson: to give words to believers and nonbelievers in a sinful world.  What was so wrong about that.
The religion of hatred, especially hatred towards freely expressing your faith and belief in the Bible, is America’s new religion.

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Marcus

Born in Dallas, raised in OKC and Michigan. Grew up wanting to be Bo Jackson, then Barry Sanders, then Stan Lee, Batman and Mike Tyson (yes, in that order). Striving everyday to be used by God for what He has called me here for. Married with a nearly 1-year old daughter (5 years of marriage on August 11!). I'm not witty enough to think of anything else right now.

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