We moved to South Africa in 2011. I don’t know if Duck Dynasty was around then but I had never heard of it. Our television consists of four South African channels. They might run an older season of Amazing Race but not Duck Dynasty. When I first saw it mentioned last year in my Facebook feed I commented that I thought it was a Disney movie.
While we were on furlough in the states, our friends had Season 1 of the show on DVD and told us we just had to watch it. We did. We laughed. We were impressed with the family prayer at the end of each show and became fans. We returned to South Africa with Season 1 and 2.
A few weeks ago we finished watching Season 2. The last disc had us in stitches. Yet there were some things that we really shouldn’t have been laughing at.
One remark that Phil made left a bad taste in my mouth. After he had done some hard task for Kay he said that maybe he would get some rough sex that night. Many will excuse that remark away just as they have his use of vivid language when stating his case for what God calls sin with GQ magazine: “Oh, that’s just Phil. That’s how he talks.”
While the Robertson’s promote Christianity and biblical values, their show does not encourage me as a believer to pursue holiness or my sanctification which God calls me to. I may get a good laugh, but at the expense of these things.
I love to see when Christians stand together in defense of what God’s word says. That should be the rally cry of this controversy: “The Bible says homosexuality is sin. The Bible says God created marriage between a man and a woman.” Instead I see Christians defending Phil Robertson and the freedom of speech we have as Americans. Why did Phil say what he did? Because it’s in the Bible. That’s the heart of the matter. It’s not about Phil or freedom of speech. It’s about God and His word.
As a missionary teaching God’s word, that is what I want to see my brothers and sisters in Christ defend.