This is the generation that will abolish abortion

Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty was fired because of the cowardice of Christians to speak the truth about sin.

The irony of this news is that last night I sat down and watched my first episodes of Duck Dynasty to see what all the buzz was about and why my kids wanted Duck Dynasty stuff for Christmas. I was pleasantly surprised to see the prayer led by Phil Robertson at the end of each episode, and how he talked about his wife of 50 years.

This morning on Facebook I saw a post from my friend Troy Newman of Operation Rescue about Phil Robertson getting fired. He was fired from network for speaking about homosexuality. Phil simply stated his views about homosexuality and sin; he quoted the Holy Scriptures to support his Christian belief.

Why was he fired for practicing free speech? Why was he fired for stating his own opinion on a subject? Why was he fired when people like Bill Maher can rant about Christians and be celebrated for it?

Why was he fired? He was fired because Christians have retreated into a state of “I don’t want to offend anyone” attitude about sin. Christians would rather send a fluffy love message than proclaim that abortion is murder or that homosexuality is a sin. We have become pansies.

Christianity has become so watered down as to make it palatable for the world that it has ceased to be Christianity in many ways.  The problem is that God’s truth never changes, never waivers and cannot be altered to make someone feel accepted in their sin. Sin is sin and truth is not relevant. Truth is absolute.

Please understand that I would never condone hating a person. We must love everyone, but loving someone does not mean we accept their sin. I love my children but that does not mean I do not correct them or warn them when they are in danger of harm or the occasion of sin.

I so often hear people tell me they do not want to wear a pro-life t-shirt or speak out against abortion because they don’t want to offend someone. People will say that standing in front of an abortion mill and pleading with men and women not to kill their child is hatred.

I can think of no more loving or Christian thing to do in a situation where parents are literally taking their own child into a building to have them killed, than pleading with them to turn back from the slaughter.

Proverbs 24:11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.  – ESV 

How many times have we heard jokes about Christians “needing to get laid?” How many times do we hear sexual jokes about Catholic priests? Do those people get fired from TV shows?

Phil was not making jokes about homosexuals; he was not mocking them on the Duck Dynasty show. Phil Robertson was directly asked about sin and homosexuality.  Phil then explained his views and his faith in that interview and is now being persecuted for his standing by his faith. He did as we as Christians are commanded to do, he proclaimed the Gospel and is being hated for it.

John 15:18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” -ESV

This persecution is easy because for so many years we have been tickling the ears of the masses with “Christianity light.” We have been so afraid of offending anyone that we have offended the very God we are trying to represent with our silence and fear.

Let’s take this outrage over Phil Robertson getting fired and start speaking up with the same passion and conviction that the LGBT community does. Let’s start talking about abortion as if we actually believe that over 55 million babies have been MURDERED.

It is time that we stop retreating and altering the truth of God and start speaking  with the boldness of Christ and His disciples. If we are silent about sin, is that not the same as condoning it? Are we more afraid of the world and what the world thinks of us than we are of the God we claim to love?

If you are angry about Phil Robertson getting fired, ask yourself if you have spoken up or hidden in silence?

Bryan Kemper

Youth Outreach Director

Priests for Life.

38 Comments

  1. Mike Lessens
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I believe I been a part of the silence. I will friend someone on FB who advocates for homosexual activity beyond supporting effeminate males. I do say to people after they ask, “didn’t you know they were gay [while in high school]?” And, I answer, “No, and what does it matter?” I guess I should add, “and, why does an effeminate male have to choose to enter a homosexual lifestyle?”

  2. Anna Ray
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I do not need a watchdog and did not ask for one. I am perfectly capable of deciding what I want to watch and what I believe. Phil is an icon in the mass of violent, killing spree and “reality show” things we have at our disposal to watch. What is wrong with having a decent show with family and Christian values? I am sure I speak for a lot of fans that were not given a vote on whether or not this offends us. Phil spoke his beliefs, and last I heard freedom of speech was a guaranteed liberty that we all share. I have watched or rather lived through, the people in charge taking prayer out of school, taking prayer out of social gatherings, as to not offend someone. Well I’m offended. Everyone has a right to their beliefs, whether I agree with them, doesn’t matter. Although I believe in the bible and everyone’s right to interpret it between their God and themselves. A&E your ratings will suffer. You chose to move on this issue, and since you didn’t ask the viewers what they thought, you were acting on your own views and beliefs. Duck Dynasty teaches family values all the while making it funny in a real way. As for me I will no longer watch your channel till Phil comes back.

  3. Posted December 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Bro. Kemper, for calling it what it is. I too have grown so weary of being attacked for expressing my beliefs while being expected to embrace opposing beliefs. I do not hate anyone and I do not judge anyone’s choice. That being said, it is my responsibility to train my children how to love and serve God and to keep His commandments. I realize that each person has to make a choice for themselves as to how they live their lives and what God they serve. My children are exposed to an array of lifestyles and I hope they seek God’s will in every choice they make. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion apply equally to everyone and it is time Christians be given the same respect as every other group of people. Thanks again & Merry Christmas!

  4. Charles Goode
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Why is it unacceptable to offend the LGBT community, but perfectly fine to offend Christians? If Phil Robertson words were wrong than God’s word must be wrong. Who do these fellow imperfect people think they are? If we are not protected to exercise free speech, is this still the nation it once was.

  5. Gene Doerr
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Let’s not gloss over the fact that Mr. Robertson interjected bestiality into the conversation. I don’t believe this would have gotten as much traction if he had left that out. This is just another example of a Christain not having a firm grasp on how to explain the faith in clear and concise terms. We must do better to defend the faith as Saint Peter commanded.

    • Pam
      Posted December 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Bestiality is in the quote because it is in the bible quote he referred to. It was not compared to homosexuality. It was in a list of sexual sins that also included adultery and fornication. Please read the original interview here http://www.gq.com/entertainment/television/201401/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson

      • elsie
        Posted December 20, 2013 at 9:01 am | Permalink

        Thanks for clearing this comment. People need to understand because some have never read God’s word and they immediately jump to conclusions. I pray that they will have the desire to know the truth so the truth can set them free. May God have mercy…..

    • Owl
      Posted December 22, 2013 at 6:26 am | Permalink

      Well don’t kid yourself…..this is where we’re headed. First it’s the acceptance of homosexual acts, then sex acts with kids and animals. Let’s not be afraid to speak the truth. Phil wasn’t, and God bless him for it. We should all be so bold in our defense of what’s right.

  6. Susan
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I too have been silent. I am trying to get brave again, but since my husband’s passing, have found it harder to express my feelings…for fear of losing friends. Silly, isn’t it?

  7. Charles
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I hate that the Christian people have to hold their tounges and not speak the truth but Jesus said we wold be persecuted for his namesake and to rejoice and be glad because you’re doing what is right when this happens but we all need to open our mouths even more to bring truth to life these people who are homosexuals aren’t bad people but something has happened to them over their life to make them this way they need to be told the truth not in a critical or hateful way cause that will cause them to resent Christian people but we still can’t agree with what they are doing Because God creTed “Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve” source unknown but I didn’t come up with it. Phil Robertson is exactly right if they don’t repent they are going to hell and it’s a shame !!!!!!!!!!

  8. Erin
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    AMEN is all I have to say about that. :)

  9. Joyce
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    As I heard on talk radio today, the only person who was hurt in all the rhetoric is Phil. He was fired from his job. No one was called out, mocked or hated on by Phil. He was only speaking his opinion. And used the Bible to defend his stance. The Bible says ” For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

  10. Skeptic
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    He did not only simply state his opinion on homosexuality– he said the Jim Crow laws were no big deal. That is blatantly racist, and views like that are not not accepted by A&E. Please review the facts before you cherry-pick and water down the Christian-friendly parts of the controversery.

    Anyway, nobody should have an “opinion” on homosexuality. It’s nobody’s choice.

    • Ronnie Caldwell
      Posted December 20, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      absentation is a choice. Sex is not essential to life. We all have a choice.

    • Donny
      Posted December 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

      Exactly!

      If anything, shouldn’t Christians be supporting the firing of a racist?

  11. Rosemary
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    “Most” Christians have ask the Homosexuals to come out of the closet and like a revolving door, they went in!
    Where is the outcry from the Christian community? By that I mean from the pulpit to the pew, there are more of us then them, furthermore, If God be for us, who can be against us, greater is He in us then he that is in this world! I’m sick of user friendly Preachers hiding behind the pulpit, especially those who speak to the masses, where are they? That’s why we ended of with this homosexual, sin loving, supporter of MURDERING babies inside and outside the womb President who after he publicly made the announcement of his full blown support of homosexual community, it opened up the flood gates of hell! I was like OK, why are the well know preachers to rebuttal what the President said? I thank God for real men like Phil Robertson who are not ashamed of the Gospel Of Jesus Christ. I thank God my Pastor has a spine and speaks out, does yours? If not I would respectfully confront them and let them know they have an obligation to preach the truth and if they won’t LEAVE and go where they do! Christians better get their heads out of the sand if you believe God is coming for a victorious church without spot or wrinkle, not one who hides is the shadow or retreats, or one who is fearful. For the FEARFUL and the unbelieving shall have their part in the lake of fire! God is the same yesterday today and forever, His word hasn’t changed and never will regardless, what time and day we are living in. The truth is the truth. Speak out and don’t be ashamed and show your support for Phil Robertson and others like him, like we did for Chk-Fil-A and how much more.

  12. Rosemary
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    “Most” Christians have asked the Homosexuals to come out of the closet and like a revolving door, they went in! Where is the outcry from the Christian community? By that I mean from the pulpit to the pew, there are more of us then them, furthermore, If God be for us, who can be against us, greater is He in us then he that is in this world! I’m sick of user friendly Preachers hiding behind the pulpit, especially those who speak to the masses, where are they? That’s why we ended of with this homosexual loving, sin loving, supporter of MURDERING babies inside and outside the womb President, who after he publicly made the announcement of his full blown support of homosexual community, it opened up the flood gates of hell! I was like OK, where are the well known Preachers to rebuttal what the President said? I thank God for real men like Phil Robertson who are not ashamed of the Gospel Of Jesus Christ. I thank God my Pastor who has a spine and speaks out, does yours? If not I would respectfully confront them and let them know they have an obligation to preach the truth and if they won’t LEAVE and go where they do! Christians better get their heads out of the sand if you believe God is coming for a victorious church without spot or wrinkle, you need to live like it and not be the one who hides is the shadow or retreats, or one who is fearful. For the FEARFUL and the unbelieving shall have their part in the lake of fire! God is the same yesterday today and forever, His word hasn’t changed and never will regardless, what time and day we are living in. The truth is the truth. Speak out and don’t be ashamed and show your support for Phil Robertson and others like him, like we did for Chic-Fil-A and how much more. (I re- post to correct some spelling, sorry!)

  13. Amy
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Do we need to shout from the rooftops that homosexuality is a sin? or from the pages of GQ magazine?

    I am ashamed of the Church – not because I am ashamed of my beliefs but because of their actions towards a LOST and dying world. Jesus didn’t yell up into the tree at the tax collector to change his wicked ways – he said “Hey man, lets go get some grub.” This is the way the church is supposed to act. It was the Pharisees who condemned everyone as not good enough to come to God. Let God be the judge of them- all sinners – and let Him and His Spirit convict, and resolve issues of sin. Our churches aren’t overrun by homosexuals, they are overrun by an arrogant people who are too concerned with the sin of others. Why do our kids leave church? because they have been taught a moral lifestyle and not a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus. Teach this relationship – and teach our brothers and sisters to be in relationship with JESUS and each other. Use the Bible to perfect the saints, not beat up the sinners. They know they are sinning -Romans 1:20 – and they choose that sin. Choosing to focus on winning as many to the Lord as possible should be our goal rather than throwing the sacred (knowledge of the truth) to the dogs. I agree with you Phil – but your methods are messed up.

    • Bob
      Posted December 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

      Jesus did tell the tax collector, “Go and sin no more” The Bible also states that homosexuality is an ABOMINATION to the Lord.

      • Judy
        Posted December 20, 2013 at 11:06 am | Permalink

        So is lying….

    • Dawn Elkins
      Posted December 20, 2013 at 2:50 am | Permalink

      Amen! Preach it!

  14. Mary
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I have the opposite problem, I beat them down like a rented mule with truth and I don’t even have to bring morals into it, just the law and our Constitution itself and then I worry I am not humble enough.

    • Natalie Rechner
      Posted December 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      Remember to love. Love the sinner hate the sin!

  15. Posted December 19, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Hurry!!! buy them little dolls, before they’re all gone!!! promotionally speaking…….good job….. he’s be back on after Christmas!!Oh and MERRY CHRIST>>> MAS! I also have a Jesus picture hanging in my living, I don’t like obamacare, I believe in God we Truth, Red, White and Blue, American Veterans, Guns, whiskey will stop a cold from going on!! and my dear sweet Mother, rest her Gody Soul.

  16. Sarah
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Why leave out porn? I was listening to Moody radio and heard that over half of church attendees struggle with porn. We are silent about that as well. Do we not want to offend other Christians?

    • James
      Posted December 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

      Porn is well stated in all the sexual sins, the prostitute woman and ect, so yes it is summed up in the Word.
      Porn includes all of these sins, and if it doesn’t then how can it be porn since it is carried out in these sins.
      I do agree that there are many sitting in churches that are involved in sins as such, but it doesn’t mean you should not say anything about it. Too many ministers today are afraid to speak up about sins of any type as many are in to tickling ears so they can hear what they want, and not what they really need to hear. When someone does speak up about it I stand strongly in support of those that do, and I will also speak up about it and not tell a lie to those who do and who chooses to live in those lifestyles that will send them to hell.

  17. eual Pinder
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    I have come to like the show and the family. Even though they themselves do some funny, some weird, stuff. I still like some of the values they display as Christians. The yardest thing I find about the whole ordeal is that I can see if he took a tone of speaking down or just simply barking at homosexuals. He was simply expressing how he don’t understand the thinking behind homosexuality. Now if he had rambled on about how that life makes him sick and he would kick and punch a man for being homosexual, I would then be able to understand him being fired. What you are dealing with is someone who don’t have a mature enough mind to tell the difference.

  18. Perry
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    I’ve definitely not been silent and it’s made quite a few people angry. It’s made me consider deleting facebook. I used to love it because it kept me connected with everyone but now it’s just a pit of squabbling hens who just want to gossip. It’s sickening. It’s the modern day tower of Babel.
    Phil Robertson is just the next Paula Deen, who can say who the next target will be? While we’re focused on this, someone in the Whitehouse or Congress is getting away with something.
    What happened to Mr. Robertson is so common it’s hilarious. I’ve been in reporting classes before because I’m a journalism minor in college. You can steer an interview any way you want if you’re good enough with words, after you steer it to a certain subject it’s just a matter of getting the interviewee to say what you want them to say. Then you just pick and choose how much of it you want your audience to hear and boom. Instant controversy.
    The same thing happened to Mrs. Deen. All that was said at first was that she had said the “N” word. Everyone flipped out about that without knowing all of the facts of what was said, what the circumstances were, when it was said, ect. This is not meant to bring that issue back up, this is being said to remind us that the media can decide how much of the truth we hear.
    That’s not a comforting thing to hear, is it?

  19. Dawn Elkins
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    It’s not the Christians fault he was put on suspension indefinately… it is because A & E support homosexuals and they were offended by a Christian who did speak the truth. So you are using this for a reason to support your way of preaching which is offensive to the Christians who bare the fruits of the Spirit. ( Look them up) Your way of preaching is using the Bible to beat folks up with. We are not to support any sin but we are supposed to love the sinners, pray for them and encourage them to follow Christ.. not bash them and humiliate them, the way you hateful brimstone preachers teach.

  20. Yvonne
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    I have not watched the show, but I still have a great respect and admiration for the Duck Dynasty family.
    I think that we are missing a very big point in all of this. He was specifically asked about homosexuality and he replied, but these were not his ‘opinions’ that he was speaking about. He was talking about God’s view on it from His word! It is not about being racist or hatred, believe it or not, it is about love. God talks very plainly about what fate there is for those who don’t follow His plans, so by proclaiming what God ssys he is trying to save those from a horrible eternal fate. God does not teach us to hate, but like someone already said, we must still teach what God says is right and wrong. Just like we teach our children. If they didn’t want to accept the answer Phil gave then maybe they shouldn’t have asked him.

  21. Cindy DeRossett
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Freedom of speech-ok
    Saying homosexuality leads to the raping of animals, etc -not ok.
    What God cares most about is how we treat eachother…period.

  22. Pamela
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Wow. This is the best response I have heard so far. Maybe God has raised up Phil Robertson for just such a time as this to challenge all of God’s people to stand up, speak the truth in love boldly and WITHOUT COMPROMISE. Because yes, “We have been so afraid of offending anyone that we have offended the very God we are trying to represent with our silence and fear.” Right on. What is the motive of the heart? Why do we want to be nice, not hurt feelings, not rock the boat? Fear masquerading as love.

  23. cris
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    whatever it is… God saved us so that others might be saved through us. Telling truth hurts because man in his fallen state live in a lie, and loved the lies… Jesus teaching is the light of the world, but man loved darkness rather than light… don’t be afraid to be hated by the world as long as God is on your side. at the end He is our judge. and His word will judge the person. John 12:47-48… God judged the person who does not accept God’s word… for God’s word will condemned that Person on the Last day. My prayer that God will use my life to SPEAK boldly about his truth that people might be saved through it. PHIL, God loves you, so do I… continue to speak the truth… God bless!!!

  24. Posted December 21, 2013 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    I don’t believe the issue should be what he said, but does he have the right to speak his mind or not. Freedom of Speech is not only for when you agree with what is being said but when you don’t agree as well. It is up to those who hear what is being said to give it whatever weight they feel it deserves.

  25. Charles McAdams
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Christians, including me, have been very select in which “sins” they chose to condemn, thus making the genre look very hypocritical. I don’t see many condemning women for fixing their hair, not covering their heads in church, I don’t many suggesting that women should be stoned for sexual indiscretions. A sentence only for women, BYW. There is very little said about women speaking in Church. There is some very serious cherry picking when using the Bible.

  26. william anderson
    Posted December 22, 2013 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    unhappy unhappy ! and we still have to put up with peiers morgan

  27. Posted December 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Granted, I wish ol’ Phil would also notice that Jesus condemns divorce, is clear that His body and Blood are NOT symbols, and He gave authority to His church not a book.
    How much louder would Christ’s voice be if Christendom was again united?

  28. patti lellock
    Posted January 14, 2014 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    I have a question for all those that support Phil Robertson, because you believe the Bible says homosexuality is a sin, do you also believe slavery is ok as it is written in the Bible and as Mr. Robertson has alluded to?

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