By McKrae Game
I have delayed writing about Phil Robertson’s statement on homosexuality because frankly I don’t want to be talking about this at what’s supposed to be a joyous time of the year. GQ, the media, and A&E have turned this into a circus. I have never really gotten the whole Duck Dynasty thing, but my son loves it, as many young and old do. I’ve watched a number of episodes with amusement and bewilderment. I’ve also seen an old sermon by Phil Robertson where he’s again speaking on homosexuality, quoting the Bible. He has every right to do this. It seems that the way that he shared with GQ is the same manner in which he can be seen preaching a sermon on the subject. It frankly seems cold and heartless. It is truth, and for that I pray that seeds will be planted to draw men and women away from homosexuality.
Over 23 years ago, I was in the homosexual lifestyle. I had been raised in the church my whole young life, but had also struggled with same-sex attractions and a raging sexual addiction ever since puberty, which was then being lived out in same-sex relationships. I had a man and woman reach out to me and love on me. They knew I was a practicing homosexual, even though I had never told them. It was a very different time in our culture. You didn’t talk about it on either side really, unless you were a fire and brimstone preacher that screamed from the pulpit and fortunately I didn’t’ go to one of those growing up.
At this time, the Holy Spirit was putting Himself on my mind all the time. I used to think, “What would happen if I died? Would I go to Heaven or Hell?” I’m sure that couple and my mom for sure were praying for me. They loved on me in such a way that I wanted what they had. They didn’t have to tell me what I was doing was wrong; my spirit/conscience was hounding me for the 3 1/2 years that I was in the lifestyle. When the gospel was presented, I accepted Christ. It wasn’t easy though. It took years for me to be able to mature as a young godly man to be able to control myself, as scripture tells us.
I don’t know what kind of church Phil Robertson goes to, I’m sure it’s great; they seem like extremely kind and gracious people. He said in his statement that he loved all people. He has the right to answer the question, but now he’s bearing the consequences for sharing this opinion. We live in a time today that will not stand for Biblical truth, and certainly not on this subject.
It seems though that through this type of tone, we are not realizing that this is a complex issue. It’s not just a matter of right and wrong. Our ministries works with men and women daily that want to serve God, but are torn by their flesh and their inner desires that draw them to the same sex. They have to learn to deny themselves daily. It gets easier over the years, but it’s still a struggle at times for a great many if not most. This type of tone seems to ignore this reality and takes a position that does not draw those struggling in, but I believe, pushes them away and emboldens them.
Next time, I pray that Phil will finish the passage, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1Corinthians 6:11) Maybe he did and it has just been left out of everything I’ve seen. I think it’s better if we start with love and share truth with it. Truth purely by itself without love or after comes across as cold and judgmental.
I stand with Phil Robertson in his right to share his opinion, thankful that he boldly shares the Gospel in his show, Duck Dynasty, and shares God’s Word. I believe if we see people as Jesus did, we’ll put them first, draw them in and then say, “Go and sin no more.” I believe though, as we draw them in and live in such a way, that they will want what we have, and hopefully accept Christ. He will share all that they need. That’s what He did for me, and He will do it for you and all those who seek Him.
How would I have responded if I had heard Phil’s words? It probably would have just reinforced what I already knew. What I was doing wasn’t right. But I had people loving on me, and I wanted what they had.
I pray, this Christmas and all through the coming New Year that we live like Jesus. He loves the person that’s caught in homosexuality, adultery, drug addiction, and pride. Yes, pride. We’ve all sinned. It just comes down to whether Christ is Lord of our life. Everyone has a struggle, but are we going to turn it over to him.
I pray for the Robertson family and for your family, and mine. Let’s find someone and love on them.
Source: Interim DirectorBlog