Phil Robertson Is Far More Judgmental Than He's Given Credit For

In light of the recent Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson GQ Magazine brouhaha, I was again struck by the notion that this issue has become the defacto issue in which tolerance and intolerance is decided and where bigotry, discrimination, dogmatism, fanaticism, and prejudice are laid bare. The response from tens of thousands via various social media outlets and calls from the pro-gay juggernauts have been predictable and unsurprising. The cycle has been on rinse, wash, repeat for a long time now. If Christians vocalize that homosexual choices, lifestyles and sexual acts are wrong and incompatible with a biblical worldview, they are vilified as being hateful and vitriolic. Not only that, but instantly the Christian is also accused of tacitly encouraging hatred and violence upon the people that he doesn’t agree with and with whom he has deep and irreconcilable differences with, particularily in how that person expresses their sexuality.

Do the people who lambast Phil Robertson for his views on homosexuality just not know what he believes about other dynamics in the sexual arena, and if they did, would they care? We Christians are called judgmental bigots who must be silenced when we say that homosexuality is wrong and that there is no such thing as gay marriage, but why does that clarion cry not carry over to our other beliefs? It may seem like the issue of homosexuality dominates our daily discourse, but that’s only because this is the battleground that we are currently fighting and which our sinful society keeps bringing to the fore. The fact is that the sphere of homosexuality comprises one small part of an over-arching Christian ethic on the sacredness and sanctity of human sexuality. We’re not just against gay marriage, but rather the Christian message, rooted in the scriptures, has always stood against all forms of sexual expression not found within the confines of a monogamous, heterosexual marriage.

We don’t just believe homosexuality is a sin- we believe premarital sex is a sin. We believe adultery is a sin. We believe shacking up is a sin. We believe the consumption of pornography is a sin. We believe masturbation is a sin. We believe polygamy is a sin. We believe lust of the heart and immodesty is a sin.

If people know that Christians stand opposed to those things and consider them as sinful and evil as homosexuality, they sure aren’t letting on. There’s no material difference in our condemnation of any of these activities up and against homosexuality and yet you don’t see Piers Morgan pressing those other issues on show. Phil Robertson surely believes the actions contained in the former list are all sins, and yet A&E isn’t suspending him for his views on heterosexual fornication. Twitter isn’t lit up with the feigned “morality-less” moral outrage at the conviction of Phil Robertson that couples who aren’t married shouldn’t live together. Facebook isn’t aghast with the revelation that watching pornography is a vile sin against God and one’s own soul. The charge of homosexual sin only affects a small subset of our population- about 2%, and yet the charges against a society that has absolutely and utterly perverted sex in every way possible, which affects everybody, remains un-cared for and un-called out. Instead of getting offended on behalf of other people, why not get offended for yourself?

Or how about premarital sex and various other sexual mischief that couples commit with each other? Pretty much everyone in our society engages in this particular sexual sin- it really is the norm that is encouraged and expected- and yet the Christian sexual ethic would say that it’s just as wicked a sin as homosexuality is. Is that belief so outrageously judgemental that it warrants boycotts and protesting, much like the intolerant “tolerant” did with the whole Chik-fil-A debacle? If the president of that company had made comments suggesting that fornication was a sin that needed to be repented of, would there have been similar widespread condemnation and economic thuggery from the enlightened ones? And why not? Saying that premarital sex is wrong and those engaged in it are committing a wicked, egregious deed impacts far more people with “judgmentalism” than the gay thing, and yet the latter is what makes headlines.

In the same vein, as part of the same baseless rhetoric, many of these people will suggest that if we vocalize our rejection of same-sex sexual practices that we’re promoting hatred and violence on the same-sex community. That’s what many of the comments were on Reddit- that the blood of gays who will get beaten up because of these statements will be on Phil’s hands. How is this manifestly possible and demonstrable? Where are the Christians encouraging violence upon the LGTB community? Where are the Christians telling people to go hurt and harm and kick their heads in? How does our rejection of their ethic for one which we believe to be better equate with us somehow rallying our neighbors to acts of brutality and murder? It doesn’t. Christians don’t do it in light of our grieving over other sins, so why would this one be any different? They can’t demonstrate our purported hostility and brutality, because there isn’t any.

Keeping with our theme of the broader Christian sexual ethic, let’s plug different sins into the equation and see if their charges of violent incitement hold up to further scrutiny. Are we Christians intolerant bigots when we say that husbands and wives shouldn’t cheat on each other? Are we encouraging hateful actions and inciting violence against men and women who are unfaithful to their spouses? I imagine that adultery and infidelity are sins far more prevalent than homosexuality, and yet where are the screeds against us when we condemn that? If it’s fair game to accuse us of condoning violence in regards to the gay issue, how does this necessarily translate to the adultery issue? We disagree with both on the same basis, and yet we aren’t being raked over the coals on that one. Where are the boycotts and pressure from social media on that issue? Where’s the venom and acrimony from the blogosphere and opinionated actors and actresses calling for our heads and reputations on platters?

If people knew the full spectrum of our beliefs and the positive presentation we would give for the Christian sexual ethic, they would surely continue to hold us hostage with the threat and call of social excoriation, but its probably laziness and hypocrisy that they don’t. Phil Robertson is branded as out of touch, close minded, and socially devolved for his views on the queering of our culture because of the pushback that he has given, and yet if the critics were being fair and consistent they would call him hateful and judgmental for his views on the hundred more common sins before they pressed him on his views of “the big “H”. For a culture that thinks they know what we believe, they sure don’t know what we believe.

Phil Robertson is labeled judgemental for his views on homosexuality, and yet I know that he’s far more judgemental than he’s given credit for. I use judgmental in the sense that he has made internal, moral judgements based on a moral, eternal source of authority.  By all accounts he holds to a God-honoring, Christ-exalting theology of sex, despite how imperfectly he may at times live it and express it. This is not a bad thing. This is a good thing. This is a right thing. All us Christians are far more judgmental, and far less hateful than we’re given credit for, and we need to be unashamed to own it.

As Christians we don’t merely disagree with the practices of 2% of the population, but with the sins and evils of 100% of the population, including our own, because we are all prone to abuse and misuse the gifts that God has given us. We shouldn’t view homosexuality like the Westboro devils do [ the deranged, frothing at the mouth cultists with a single-minded devotion to ignorance and wrath.] Instead, we should treat and view the sin of homosexuality with the deference and lens that we would regard a young teen looking at pornography on his computer, or a co-worker who is fooling around with her boyfriend, or a man who is obliterating the marriage covenant with his wife. Sad for the spiritual ruin they are bringing upon themselves. Desiring for their own sake that they stop. Acutely aware of our own failings and inconsistencies in light of their own. Thankful for God’s mercy and forgiveness, and eager to declare the gospel for the repentance and forgiveness of sins.

[Contributed by Dustin Germain]


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19 Responses

  1. Thom Cole says:

    Reblogged this on Rated R For Reformed and commented:
    It’s probably a good thing I’m not asked what my views are. In today’s world, it might not go well for me!

  2. Thank you for these perspectives. We certainly live in a fallen world where standing up for Biblical truths is a way to that person’s earthly destruction. God says vengeance is his and in the final days, God will reward thosewho honor Him and destroy those who have destroyed His plan, people, and world.

  3. This is exactly what I’ve been thinking on the subject. Just because we believe that sexuality (in all senses of the word) has moral boundaries, people automatically assume that it means we hate people who cross that boundary, when that is the farthest thing from the truth.

    • paperthinhymn says:

      No kidding. I have tons of friends and coworkers who are sleeping with their girlfriends and boyfriends and they would never say I hate them for it. Our treatment of all people in sin puts the lie to the provocative and ignorant theory and shows it doesn’t work or play out that way in real life.

  4. Michael A. Coughlin says:

    Would you agree that homosexuality is, indeed, more of an abomination in the eyes of God than, for example, the sin of immodesty, lust in one’s mind or even a heterosexual encounter outside of marriage?

    Either way, can you support your answer with scripture?

    I’m not saying if you answer this question yes that it would detract from your points in your blog. But I do believe it would explain why there seems to be a focus on this issue coming from Christians (even if imbalanced compared to our lack of focus on other issues). And that would explain why those who feel judged would retaliate more.

    Think about it. If Christians spoke up and boycotted as much over the sin of divorce, maybe more people in that situation would be angry. But we don’t do that (as much), do we?

    • JD Hall says:

      Your questions is probably to Dustin, but let me give my take: Although each and every sin carries the same penalty – death – there certainly seems to be things that God hates more than others (explicitly so, in places like Proverbs 6:16-19). However, homosexuality seems to be used over and again (particularly in the New Testament) as the prime example of human depravity. We see this in both Romans 1 (Paul uses homosexuality as the apex of a fallen nature) and in the book of Jude, just to name a couple. The reasons why some Christians “harp” on it is because the Bible seems to in an extraordinary way; I believe it’s because it’s one act of sin that ought to be understood by every reasonable person as contrary to nature.

      • Michael A. Coughlin says:

        And I think you are correct. And I think that explains why we actually may focus on it more. Combine that with the tendency for Christians to get into the flesh and add even more imbalance, I can see how the “gay lobby or whatever” could get the impression that we overlook some sins, but not theirs – that Christians seem to be OK with premarital sex, pornography, gluttony or covetousness, while bemoaning the fall of society as the result of the debased minds of homosexuals and their supporters.

        Couple that with the amazing lack of a clear “church of God” thanks to Osteen, etc., and it can be seen why this becomes difficult. I’ll post more this weekend on another blog – but if I may post a link, I would like to remind people that the REAL solution no matter what you think the “problem” is here is to share the good news of salvation with everyone you can and pray God has mercy on all who hear. http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?seriesOnly=true&currSection=sermonstopic&sourceid=pulpitandstreets&keyword=How+to+Witness&keyworddesc=How+to+Witness

    • Adam Sanders says:

      Anyone here think that this guy is here for the right reasons? This is a trick question. Nice try. I will not apoligize for calling it as i see it. “Would you agree that homosexuality is, indeed, more of an abomination in the eyes of God than, for example, the sin of immodesty, lust in one’s mind or even a heterosexual encounter outside of marriage?”
      First, no one here better say that they know how to look through the eyes of God.
      Second, James 2:10- For whoever keeps the whole law BUT fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
      Third, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Do you not know? The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God…..neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers.
      Get the point? Sin is SIN. There is no degree to it. tell a lie or sleep around 20 women and a man…..Its all sin. Sin is the “illness” that only has one cure, Jesus’ blood. Got it Jack?

  5. Michael A. Coughlin says:

    As far as promoting hatred or violence: There are some Christians who would maintain that adulterers and homosexuals would be rightfully “stoned” today per biblical guidelines. I can see how the “other side” is often getting a confused message from us.

  6. gaustin00 says:

    Thank you for your openly discussing this in a rational logical way and pointing out the real reason this man was “judged.” Great post!

  7. As Christians, we should not be surprised that our beliefs are misunderstood and misrepresented by non-Christians. That has been the case since the inception of our faith. Non-Christians can hardly be blamed for lumping together Christians with those purporting to be Christian, while relaying a distorted version of the Gospel. Christians have, for the most part, failed to reach out in love to those who view themselves as gay or lesbian. These are men and women struggling with the fundamental issue of their sexual identity, men and women who feel rejected by the Father for what they see as their essential nature. We have missed an opportunity to convey God’s love to those in need of it. Let us hope we can find a way to do better.

  8. verawrites says:

    Well written post that does a beautiful job of summing up the biblical view (ie., God’s view) of sexuality. Same principle as when Jesus said, the person who is guilty of breaking one commandment is guilty of breaking them all (my paraphrase). Sin means ‘missing the mark’ – an archery term. As we know, there is only ONE bull’s eye (God’s best) and lots of spots around that on the board. That goes for sex, idolatry, greed, etc. We, as Christ followers, are supposed to hate the sin but love the sinner. I know few who get this right (me included), but I’m working on improving that with Holy Spirit help.

  9. Very well said—-God Bless–I shared this on my media–it’s a good message that all Christians need to read.

  10. Justmyopinion says:

    Here is what Phil and the cast of Duck Dynasty now needs to do- it is very urgent-
    First of all, he must not back down from his biblical stance. He must not “apologize” for stating God’s truth.Even if it should cost him and family the termination of the show Duck Dynasty. And from what I am reading, he is not backing down, but he must show Christian calmness and love- not anger, bitterness or hate toward A&E.
    Secondly, he must IMMEDIATELY publicly condemn the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church. Although the Robertsons are in no way affiliated with the WBC, the WBC has just stated that it supports Robertson and intends to pickett A&E. Even so, their motives are far from good. Their actions have proven their ill will, such as picketting of soldiers funerals and harassing family members of the deceased, wishing for more dead soldiers, and their hatred of homosexuals. They blasphemously claim that there is no hope for homosexuals but scripture says otherwise. Unlike the UnChristian WBC and their message of hate, Phil Robertson must immediately publicly state that he loves homosexuals.That is why he speaks out against the sin of homosexuality and invites them to turn to Christ, repent and be saved in the Lord Jesus. Statistics show that there is much grief associated with the unnatural homosexual lifestyle but there is hope. A joyeous renewed life in Christ and life eternal. When mentioning sins including homosexuality,the apostle Paul notes that some in the church had been homosexuals before they became Christians. Phil needs to mention this and quote first Corinthians – iOr do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.-1 Cor 6:9-11 NIV-
    There is true hope and change! That’s God’s loving message and the message that Phil Robertson wishes to convey.
    As for his comments about African Americans, He needs to make clear that he was referring to a time when many African Americans had faith in Christ. Although sadly,they were under oppression by man’s law, they were living Godly lives. He needs to mention that he was referring to civil rights leaders and those working hard for civil rights years ago, and point out that they were well mannered and well dressed. Why? Because many had a strong belief in God and representing Him as believers, they showed this in their actions and appearance. He needs to state that the original impetus for the civil rights movement was based on a faith in God and equality of all men. He needs to show that no race is lesser than others in the eyes of God and he needs to make the point that homosexuality is a sin as defined by God’s word but being born a certain color or race is no way a sin or mark of inferiority or superiority in the eyes of God. In fact, in Numbers chapter 12 we read that Moses, the writer of the law, married a Cushite woman, (no doubt a dark skinned woman from Africa) but God showed no partiality with Moses choice and even rebuked Aaron and Miriam for speaking against Moses on account of his Cushite wife. See Phil Robertson’s sermon- America needs Jesus- on youtube.

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