Borrowing a line from the former frequented piñata of the Christian movement, Eminem: Will the Real Christian Please Stand Up?
The claims of the social conservatives (i.e. Bobby Jindal, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity et al) are correct. The Duck Dynasty controversy is about Freedom of Speech; however, the implication that Christian Freedom of speech is akin to any other is false. The very nature and instructions of Jesus Christ and St. Paul mean that the world is permitted to say anything they desire towards Christians; Christians are not permitted to reciprocate. More sharply, within Christianity there is no First Amendment Right, especially for hurtful speech even if it is the “truth.”
Christians are admonished in biblical text against talking too much. In fact, the text suggest that those whose mouths are undisciplined are fools. These Old Testament writers, mostly famous for their social right-wing agenda, leave little ambiguity when they write, “…the lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.” These grandfathers of Christianity, frequently labeled the tongue as a dangerous weapon causing both “death and life.” Empathy to the Christian aside, those on the social political right, represented by Steve Deace’s USA Today Column, should not be propping up, under the guise of First Amendment, the divisive and offensive comments of Phil Robertson concerning homosexuals and African-Americans.
Deace’s statement that the Duck Dynasty mogul, Phil Robertson, just, “plainly repeated simple truths” is nothing but a stone cold lie from the devil himself; and, even if accurate, is of no consequence. A true WWJD analysis is not about accuracy but about purpose. After all, is not the onus on Christians to be as “…harmless as doves?” What was the true goal of his statement- more money, fame, recognition or was he really trying to save us from a fiery after life?
Giving the Duck Dynasty Family and A&E the benefit of the doubt, that this was not a simple scheme to increase the ratings, are there any Christians out there who earnestly believe that this GQ Interview is the best representation of Christ Jesus? A mere cursory review of the reactions within the homosexual community reveal the damage to the Christian brand; and a Google search will reveal the hypocrisy which, undoubtedly, will serve as another obstacle to those who are considering accepting Christ. Indeed, Christians are told not to create such “stumbling blocks.” In all this talk of Free Speech and the First Amendment, has the social right remembered the admonishment of Jesus Christ himself, “judge not, that you be not judged?” That is Jesus jargon for, “When you point your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you.”
The social right’s propensity of others to judge is not the real sin here. Social conservatives, with the support of the “conservative entertainment complex,” are about to make Duck Dynasty the latest symbols of the blood stained banner. Is it possible that these social conservatives believe that Phil Robertsons’ statements were made out of love and have nothing to do with preserving the family fortune built over five seasons with The Arts and Entertainment Network? Perhaps, this is what my grandmother meant when she advised, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Since the social conservative pack is continually foaming at the mouth to share with us and prove how Christian they are, I have a question: which is more compatible with Christ’s teachings, a facebook fan page dedicated to vitriol against homosexuals receiving 1.5 million Facebook likes in less than 48 hours or the 46,328 likes received by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence since 2008?
While some are headlining the Duck Dynasty Clan as real Christians. I am asking: Will the Real Christian Please Stand Up.