Last night as I was scanning my Facebook news feed when I saw a link that said: “Duck Dynasty Patriarch Slams Homosexuality!” I clicked on the link, started reading the article, looked over at my dog and remarked: “Oh,Tina… This is going to be a media shit storm.” Tina promptly turned around three times, and went back to sleep as I headed over to GQ’s website to read the actual interview that started the mayhem. I knew when I awoken this morning there was going to be a lot of talk about this situation. What a psychic revelation that was!
I had a night to sleep on Phil Robertson’s interview before I could write about the subject, and reveal that Phil and I have a lot in common. Now, I know people are wondering, what does an openly gay, opinionated, farmer have in common with a Bible thumping , camouflage wearing, man from the south? You see, at first glance it would appear that Phil and I have no common ground. However, we each have our own morals, and our own ethics. We each love our family dearly, work hard, and enjoy nature. But the biggest thing Phil and I have in common? Phil is my brother, by the same Father. Phil and I serve the same God.
In the original interview, Phil was asked: “What in your mind, is sinful?”
Phil replies: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Beastiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men.”
This statement isn't offensive to me because Phil was asked for his opinion on what was sinful in his eyes. He didn't just outwardly blast the gay community. I know as a lesbian in a committed relationship, I am not sleeping around with anyone or anything else. I don’t have to justify that to Phil or anyone else for that matter. Truthfully, it sounds to me like Phil really doesn't like people who sleep with animals and people that are promiscuous. And you know what? I have to agree with Phil! I don’t agree with either of those things either.
The part that hurt me the most is how the media portrayed Phil as a homosexual hating, monster. Quoting the above quote over and over, but never mentioning the quote afterwards.
The quote read: “We never 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?”
Yes, Phil. I understand what you are saying and I couldn't agree more. It is the Lord’s job to judge me. He is the only person whose opinion truly matters in the end, and I believe He created me to be a vessel of His love. I have known I was gay since I was 5 years old. I have to think that God knew exactly what He was doing when He created me. If He had wanted me to be a heterosexual, then He would have created me to be a heterosexual. Perhaps He created me to be gay, so we could learn from each other…
As I look through the rift that this media frenzy has evoked, the hatred and judgment that everyone is so quick to pass, I ask you to ponder this….
Not once in the Bible does God ask his Christian followers to choose between their compassion and their faith in the Bible. In fact compassion for others is the fundamental principle that Christianity is built on, and the Bible is the concrete of our faith.
It saddens me as I watch so called Christians bash their brothers and sisters, stating their actions and words are justified because they have “no choice but to act or believe a certain way because the Bible says so.” No, it doesn't. The word homosexual was not added to the English language until 1842, and did not appear in an English version of a Bible until 1946. What does that mean exactly? It means that the Bible passages were written about same-sex acts between heterosexual people, not committed gay couples, because the concept of homosexuality didn't even exist when the Bible was written. (We do know that the Bible condemns promiscuous, excessive, predatory and sex outside of marriage in the heterosexual realm, and can assume God would expect His homosexual children to honor the same set of rules. ) Those are the rules I choose to live by and base my relationship on.