Duck Dynasty: I Support Phil Robertson

         I discovered Duck Dynasty about a year ago. It was an immediate hit with me. They were showing one show after another and I kept laughing through each one. It was a good night.

         I found out later they were Christians. And I appreciated them all the more. Standing up for the Lord Jesus is not an easy thing to do these days in America. In my memory, though, it’s never been easy. It’s just getting more difficult.

         Why? Because in the not so distant past people would make fun of you, run you into the ground, call you all manner of derogatory names, gossip about you, and generally make you feel like the biggest idiot who ever walked the earth.

         It has now developed into something much more sinister.

         This has always been the case. Real Christians catch the worst of a sinful world. Unreal Christians simply blend into and become part of a group or a congregation, the way gang members do, or ancient small communities up against the world did. And if this is done in America where people have rights to peaceably assemble and practice whatever their religion may be, they will receive virtually no persecution whatsoever.

         But when the group is small and dedicated to the Lord, the individuals making up the group will have a hard row to hoe. And individuals will have the toughest time. Imagine how hard it was for the Lord after they kicked Him out of the synagogues for good.

         On top of it, the Lord instructs His disciples to remove themselves from their groups at intervals and travel throughout this world of darkness preaching the Gospel to make more disciples. The only way to do that is just get out there and do it. And one must be passionate about it or will have little success.

         Practicing real Christianity is a 100% option. It demands all of one’s heart. It takes everything a person has. Oftentimes, everything one has is only good for staying alive and maintaining. But no believer is asked to experience anything the Lord has not already experienced. He got the worst of it.

         It all goes with the territory:

         “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.

         “But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

         “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.

         “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master.

         “It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!

         “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.

         “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” [Matthew 10:16-28]

         The Lord told us to preach the Gospel. There are two basic parts to the Gospel. One involves the unconditional love of God. One involves repentance from sin.

         Loving and being loved is the easy part. It is a supreme act of love to go forth preaching the Good News to those who are bound by sin and the terrible effects of sin. When the Gospel is presented correctly the way the Lord presented it love comes first. One must have the love of God. It must be real.

         But one must also define sin and expose it. This is the hard part. This is what gets real Christians killed. Prior to hearing the real Gospel preached for the first time I considered myself a good guy. I never really thought that much about sin. But when I heard the Gospel I suddenly knew I was a sinner. I discovered that I was violating God’s laws. I later realized I was living according to a moral code that was perfectly fine and even very good according to a worldly standard, but I came up very short according to God’s standard.

         It grieved me. In my own way I had always loved the Lord, or so I thought. Being raised in a Christian home by good parents gave me an understanding at an early age that Jesus was a cool guy. As I got older and began venturing out into the world I found out that the world was composed of many, many jerks—they treated people bad, had no heart or compassion, cussed like sailors, and had no inkling of love toward the Lord or others.

         And this was only in grade school.

         As I got older it only got worse. We all know this and we deal with it.

         Long story short, I found out that religion is no substitute for the Lord. By the time I got out of high school I went on a search for truth. My hunger for “I knew not what” allowed the Lord to guide me over in His direction.

         He changed my life forever.

         The same thing happened to Phil Robertson though at an older age. He gave his life to God. I’ve included his testimony at the end of this article.

         The words he spoke in an interview that hit the newsstands yesterday have become the equivalent of a shot heard round the world concerning America’s moral compass and our right as Americans to speak freely.

         As anyone who has read my blog knows, I supported Ron Paul for president last year. I believed then and I believe now that he was the best candidate, especially regarding all the issues that have hit the fan as of late. Many people and many Christians thought I was an idiot for supporting him and one of the reasons used was that he was not very forthright regarding the gay issue. He does not believe it is necessarily a black and white issue and is more concerned about the individual.

         I believe what the Word of God says about it. The Word of God defines sin. And the bottom line here is that every person who ends up in heaven was a former willful sinner who had to repent and do his or her best to get right with God. But also, everyone who ended up getting right with God was loved into that place both by God and His people that He worked through. And often the greatest act of love is telling the truth. Good parents teach their children right from wrong. God is the best Parent there is.

         So that which Phil Robertson said was not really about a gay issue. It was about Christians being hammered incessantly by an anti-God agenda that has taken hold in this country, including all manner of threats against them. The number one threat at the moment is financial persecution. The government and all major corporations have bought into this agenda and have been enforcing it. People are afraid of losing their jobs and income if they speak out.

         Phil Robertson got fired from Duck Dynasty, the most popular and successful show in cable television history, as a result of exercising his First Amendment rights.

         The LGBT lobby has been incredibly successful in pushing their agenda. The majority of Christians in America should be absolutely ashamed for sitting around doing effectively nothing for the last several decades while the country becomes what it has become. The Lord called us to be salt and light. He said His people were the preservative in a sinful fallen world that would grow more rotten and dark as time progressed.

         Christians in foreign countries with no rights at all face physical persecution everyday but continue serving the Lord. They are having a huge impact. News flash: Physical persecution of Christians in America is almost here. Prepare yourself.

         Perhaps this is a wake-up call. It is a call for all Americans to get off their duffs and speak out. It is a call to love our neighbor. It is a call to honor the Lord and quit slacking off concerning His commands and directives.

         Thank you for speaking out, Mr. Robertson.

         We are in the early stages of a national Great Awakening.

         “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

         “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

         “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

         “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

         “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

         “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

         “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

         “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” [Matthew 5:10-20] [1]

         © 2013 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.

Phil Robertson’s Testimony:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTRRtGs94QA


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Posted on December 19, 2013, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I was grieved when I saw what happened to Robertson. All he did was share his perspective along with God’s through a paraphrase. I noted in the article about Robertson on Yahoo that the guy from GLAAD emphatically said that God approves of homosexuals and their sexual choice and so do most Christians. Pastor G just said that the guy from GLAAD called those who approved of homosexuality true Christians and those who oppose it, not.

    This country is focused on “equality” and “hate crimes”. What’s ironic is that God and those of us who are His are actually hated, not the ones who scream “Victim!”

    Jesus warned those who are His that if they persecute Him, they will persecute us. Get ready!

    • Right you are. There is much misinformation being generated. Hatred of real Christians continues to grow. On the flip side, persecution is a result of obeying and honoring the Lord. Our Founder and Teacher was Himself a victim of foul lies and the worst forms of persecution. This did not happen in a vacuum. Human beings made choices and were responsible.

  2. Good post. Thank you, RJ. I thought of Prov. 24:11-12.

    • Thanks Natalie. God knows all hearts. We know He is the only one who does.

      • Yes. Purify our hearts, Lord, and guide us in your truth and love for your glory and kingdom. Guard us against stupid arguments. Keep us firmly planted on you, Jesus, and hidden in you. Let us move forward as your trustworthy messengers, your ministers, your BODY. Fill us afresh today, Holy Spirit! Give us courage and peace to live as you desire, so that we can be a light here on earth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  3. Let us not be unloving and hateful Lord to the rest of us sinners who have not chosen as of yet to follow you, Let us put on the full armour of The Lord, because as you have declared our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers and principalities of this dark world. Thank you for being our God and thank you for the blessings and for your grace, let us embrace this time as we celebrate the gift of your Son Jesus in this season. Amen May The Lord bless and keep us all.

  4. All you have to do is read the bible to know it is a sin

  5. No Phil no a&e channel in our home

  6. There is so very much I could say, but time would not allow it. So I will just say this… “RJ, you are truly a God-send!” No one, including you, knows of the broken heart to heart conversation I had with the Lord earlier today… yet your post clearly gave His answer to it. “THANK YOU BOTH!” <3

    [I will say this... I have found that it is in the times that are the loneliest, most painful, with a heart that is broken or even shattered, that it is then that the Lord shows up the best & the brightest... in & for me.] 8-)

    "AWESOME POST RJ!" And for what it's worth… I believe it to be "Spiritually correct."

    • Thank you. We are all in this together and a good community, be it a cyber one or otherwise, should have a diversity of voices, perspectives, and understandings. If so the Lord is able to bless each of us through one another. I am glad you found something here to be a blessing to you. Many Christians are not taught the perfection of God’s Word and that His Word is the very solid rock foundation of our beliefs and practices as believers. Some Christians do not even believe that God’s Word is God’s Word. But it is. And it gives direction, definition, and a solid framework for our lives, teaching us right from wrong. It distinguishes light from darkness, reveals and defines sin, and exposes the enemy. There is nothing else on the planet that exposes the enemy and His sinister schemes. Regardless of the pain and heartbreak we may be experiencing at any given time, the Lord is there to comfort us and one of the ways He does this is through His written Word. It is indeed spiritually correct.

      And because real believers are united with God, though they be attacked and reviled, and though they sometimes suffer loss, such is only temporary. It is always only temporary. Why? Because it is impossible for real believers to stay down. At some point there will be a reviving. God will raise His people up. And I’m talking about right now, in this life. We step out in faith, believe His promises, get filled with His Spirit, speak His Name, pray in the Spirit, and take the high ground, the Lord fighting with us and for us, leading us to victory.

      Great blessings be upon you, Julie.

      • “AMEN!” & “Wow!” Thank you RJ! Your prophetic utterance was “right on” once again for me with… “it is impossible for real believers to stay down. At some point there will be a reviving. God will raise His people up. And I’m talking about right now, in this life. We step out in faith, believe His promises, get filled with His Spirit, speak His Name, pray in the Spirit, and take the high ground, the Lord fighting with us and for us, leading us to victory.”

        This is so true! I was just thinking about this earlier as well. I have been devastated before walking into a Christian service or anywhere actually, and the Lord will NOT allow me to stay that way among His people [or around anyone for that matter]. It is like my pain, sadness, or even the times that I am depleted and at the very end of me, are somehow postponed or wiped away entirely.

        RJ, you [and others like Him] who live with Jesus, love like Jesus, and speak for Jesus, are like gifts that keep on giving… all throughout the [Christmas] year. God Bless you all!

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