So A&E essentially fired Phil Robertson, Patriarch of the Duck Commander/Buck Commander clan. Why? Because he spoke in an interview with GQ (why I have no idea) about his Christian beliefs and what the Bible teaches about the sin of homosexuality. aaand this is where I lose my last follower. But let me clarify another misconception about the Catholic Church:
You can BE a homosexual and still belong to the church. You just can't practice homosexuality, which is considered a sin. What level of sin it is..I do not know, but the PRACTICE of it is the sin..not the being.
There are millions of people out there that have the same opinions as Phil. I am one of them. He did put them out succinctly, albeit a bit more crass than I would. I'm not going to quote the whole article because most of the news outlets online have made sure that the first two paragraphs are alllllllllllll ooooovvvvvvvvvvvvver the place, but this is the paragraph that I remember the most:
"Robertson released his own statement in response to the flap early Wednesday: "I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."
OF COURSE most of the news outlets took out the part of Phil's quote that stated that God taught Christians to love one another regardless of their sins. The judgement of a sinful person is left to God. Our role as Christians is to love one another, treat them with respect and continue living our lives according to the rules set by God. Or as we say, 'love one another, let God sort them out'
I find it very interesting and very telling of today's media in general that two days after reading that particular paragraph in an article, I cannot find it now. All I can find is the crass statements, and the extremely skewed and hypocritical response from somone calling themselves a 'spokesman' of the Gay group.
A&E can stick it for all I care. There's a whole lot of condemnation of anything that smacks of Christianity lately. There's a lot of reasons for it, but most center around the fact that these are rules set by God and not by man. Man wants to rule this country, but by rules they've set out. The biggest one is that *they* are God and any other God is just a figment of imagination, a 'balm for the ignorant.' as they say. I've seen a lot of people who profess to be Atheist and moral stick their noses up in the air and state, "I'm moral not because a fake thing told me to but because *I* told me to." Well whoopty ding dong!
It's a lot harder to follow rules made up by God. The choice of what rules to follow are already set. Whether or not you follow them is up to you, but if you don't, you die and go to Hell. If you follow rules that you did not make, but are set to make you a better person. You die and get to go to Heaven.
Yet, in a way, it's easier to follow rules made up by another. You do not need to keep resetting the rules, adding one or taking one away; the rules are set! I follow the Commandments of God, and most of them are based on one thing: Don't be greedy. Don't take stuff that's not yours: Material or non-material.
God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit have been around for over 2,000 years. The presence of God -and God's rules - will be around much longer than even USA. Hate to tell those who pretend to run the country, those who try to spin their evil ways on the media, and those who stick their noses in the air pretending to be God.............but in the end.............God wins.