Disciple of Thecla
1/6/14 at 09:33 AM 0 Comments

Do not Judge: This the Vile and Extreme Statement

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Following some comments in a personal interview, the Phil Robertson controversy and its aftermath have given Christians a wonderful opportunity to discuss their scripture and to help people understand what it means "do not judge" and to "love everyone." In his statements discussing homosexuality, Phil Robertson never said anything hateful nor deragotory toward homosexuals. In fact, he stated the phrase "do not judge" and that he loves everyone. This is the same sentiment expressed by Pope Francis and the same sentiment that every Christian should express.

The Duck Dynasty and Phil Robertson controversy happened very fast all within one day. First, Phil Robertson stated that gay sex is a sin. Then, A&E suspended him from his own show. Immediately, the fans cried out upon news of his suspension. The contact information for A&E immediately became available on a face book page and all throughout the internet. The gay advocacy group GLAAD decried Phil Robertson as a homophobic bigot aka a hater.

The gays and lesbians of GLAAD have no understanding what hatred actually is. Apparently, they believe that if you disagree with their behavior, then you hate them. And they have no clue what the Christian phrase means “do not judge.” This group also has no understanding of what love actually is, either. In Phil Robertson’s interview, I have seen only love - never hatred - for the GLBT group, yet they accuse him of hatred because he disagrees with their behavior.

 Phil Robertson used an explicit and a vulgar term for two different body parts shortly before discussing how he feels about homosexuals. The context where he used those terms is simply that he cannot understand the attraction; the issue there would be word choice and not sentiment. When discussing how he feels about gays and lesbians as a group, he had said nothing derogatory about homosexuals. Phil Robertson never used any slurs, and in fact, he concluded his discussion of homosexuality with the sentiment “do not judge.” This sentiment is exactly the same that Pope Francis expressed, and this sentiment should be what every Christian expresses. Strangely ironic then, that GLAAD and a large number of homosexuals praised Pope Francis for declaring “do not judge” while condemning Phil Robertson as a hater and bigot for the same thing.

What does this mean: “do not judge”?

The Christian faith declares that Jesus died so that all humanity can repent of their sins, cease sinning, and receive forgiveness. When a person judges another person, that person presumes the position of God (a big no-no), condemns the other person, and the condemnation cuts off the opportunity for the other person to repent of sin. Because we were all sinners, it is hypocritical to judge another person based on their behavior. If we Christians judge others for their sins, then we would need to face the same judgment for our own sins. And if we were all judged based on our past behavior, we would all be condemned to Hell. If so, there would be no opportunity for repentance. Fortunately, Jesus the atoning sacrifice took our punishment so that we could repent, cease sinning, and enjoy forgiveness. The condemnation and judgment that we deserve went to Jesus. However, we also have to acknowledge and accept what He did for us so that we can receive the freedom from judgment and sin. As Christians, we are to lovingly share the good news so that others can repent, cease sinning, and enjoy forgiveness. Jesus’s command against judging (Mathew 7:1-2) is so that we can keep open the opportunity for others to repent. It has nothing to do with approving of sin and everything to do with repentance for sin.

It should be obvious from Phil Robertson’s own words that he loves all types of people. I found nothing within his statements to indicate hatred - only love in the truest Christian sense of the term. I found nothing hateful nor derogatory in his comments about homosexuals.

Phil Robertson said:

“the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”

What is hateful in openly stating we would be better off if the human race loved each other?

Phil Robertson said that all of us need to love each other, and yet others accused him of hate.

How is “if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off.” a statement of hatred?

How do they interpret “let’s love each other” as hatred? I suppose in the minds at GLAAD that love = hate.

The Hollywood Reporter portrayed him as a bigot and said this about him in their byline “the reality star compared being gay to bestiality, drawing ire from LGBT groups including GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign.”

This byline is a false and slanderous misrepresentation because it ignores the fact that Phil Robertson also compared adultery and fornication (heterosexual sins) to bestiality. The ironic thing is that Hollywood Reporter included this in its article: “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman.” There is never any bigotry when you include heterosexual sins alongside homosexual sins and bestiality because when you include heterosexual sins alongside those, you declare equality in the Christian sense between people with different inclinations.

Including heterosexual sins, which Phil Robertson did, also displays humbleness and a lack of arrogance. Phil Robertson stated that homosexuals and heterosexuals are all the same - all prone to sin and all in need of a Savior. Bigots never include heterosexual sins with bestiality. I once wrote an article explaining this from scripture. Phil Robertson included heterosexual sins. Therefore, Phil Robertson is neither bigot nor hater. Therefore, Phil Robertson considers all equal in the Christian sense.

GLAAD called this: "some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication" and said "his quote was littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation."

How is comparing heterosexual adultery and fornication to gay sex and bestiality a “vile and extreme statement” against LGBT people? How is declaring heterosexual sins the same as gay sex and bestiality a “vile and extreme statement” against LGBT people?

Are these GLAAD people actually serious in what they say?

Phil Robertson went further. After including heterosexual sins with gay sex - this is equality, but not the way they want it - he quoted further from the list that Paul of Tarsus wrote in Corinthians chapter 6. I don’t remember anyone quoting this far from the list before.

“Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he cites from 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.”

Before Phil Robertson became a born-again Christian, he was a drunkard. By quoting this far from the list, he places himself directly within the same wide category alongside slanders and with people who have gay sex. I know this is a pretty vile and extreme statement to certain people, but I cannot comprehend how placing oneself alongside homosexuals is bigotry. Wouldn’t placing yourself alongside them be equality?

It certainly sounds like equality to me, although not the way some people want it because they refuse to repent. Concluding the list, Paul of Tarsus had written “but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)

Now, let’s think about when Pope Francis said "do not judge." Pope Francis said “who am I to judge gay people?” Judging others is denying them the opportunity for repentance. Phil Robertson said the same thing that he never judges anyone from their actions. People cannot judge other people for their sins because all of us are guilty of something. It does not matter what they have done. If people repent, then they are saved from judgment. Because the goal is saving people from judgment, Christians should never judge others. Instead, give them the good news that Jesus died for to atone for their sins and give them the opportunity to repent.

“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?”

Some people decried this as Phil Robertson accusing homosexuals as being as evil as terrorists. No. Phil Robertson included homosexuals, drunks, and terrorists to show the wide range of people who he loves and who he refuses to judge for their actions. And when he says “never judge” he had placed his former self between homosexuals and terrorists.

There is never any bigotry and never any arrogance when you include yourself alongside them! Phil Robertson showed the best understanding of “do not judge” that I have seen so far. And I never found any bigotry in his statement. I wish more people could comprehend what he is talking about. “Do not judge” because homosexuals and heterosexuals are all the same, all sinners who need the gospel. Judging others is denying them the opportunity for repentance. Every single person on Earth has done something deserving of judgment. Because all of us deserve judgment, we have no right and no proper standing to judge others. All of us are also capable and worthy of repentance and salvation. Jesus died and rose again for all of us to repent and to escape God’s judgment. I suppose for some people that is a vile and extreme statement.

The Phil Robertson controversy has presented Christians an excellent opportunity to discuss and to share their scripture with others. Phil Robertson was quickly reinstated thanks to the fan protest. Phil Robertson deserved to be defended for expressing biblical views, but let us not get carried away. I agree with Trevin Wax who said, “let’s not be melodramatic. It’s hard to make Phil Robertson out to be a martyr and when there really are such things as martyrs.” And, he was reinstated thanks to the fan protest. This successful defense should be a source of encouragement to everyone for future events.

Trevin Wax also said “ I would still caution evangelicals against making Phil Robertson our spokesman,” and that Robertson “shouldn’t be our mouthpiece.”

Readers, let’s remember that Phil Robertson was decried against and suspended for quoting from the Bible and for expressing biblical views. Every Christian should have a Bible to quote from and should be able to express biblical views. This makes Phil Robertson neither special nor different from any other Christian. The Bible is our spokesman, and we are to speak God‘s words. Another way of saying this, we are called to be the Bible’s mouthpiece. All we need is a Bible and God.

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