No matter what you think about Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” one thing’s for sure. He’s a polarizing figure and why wouldn’t he be? He lives his life following the most polarizing man to ever walk the earth, Jesus.
I remember thinking early on that Phil reminded me of another Biblical figure who just so happened to be Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist. When John came on the scene there was quite the stir and especially among the religious establishment of his day. John came preaching “Repent! For the Kingdom is at hand!” It seems his whole role was to prepare the way for the long awaited Messiah. He lived a simple life, clothed in camel hair, and ate a simple diet of locust and wild honey. Many of his day didn’t get him. They didn’t understand this wild man in the desert yelling for everyone to get their lives right before the coming day of the Lord. Of course then came Jesus himself.
Once John declared Jesus to be the awaited Messiah the conflict and agitation began. Jesus life was marked by conflict with the religious and political establishment, and it seems “Christ” in Phil Robertson is still stirring up things even now.
Here’s another thing to think about. John the Baptist confronted King Herod about his relationship with the wife of the kings brother telling him it wasn’t right. Of course Herod didn’t appreciate him telling him how to conduct his sexual life so he threw John in Prison only to be beheaded shortly thereafter. Now I’m not suggesting Phil Robertson is doing this exact thing but it did strike me as interesting that his comments about some people’s sexual misconduct happens to be the center of this most recent firestorm. While John was placed in a literal prison it seems Phil is being tried in the court of public opinion, although I would venture to say there is an element that would like for him to be locked up for his comments. No matter where you stand on this issue one thing’s for sure. You have to make a decision. When it comes to the truth of the Word of God there really is no middle ground and there isn’t meant to be. Jesus said, “You are either with me or against me and you are either gathering or scattering.”
“See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:25-29 NAS)
God loves us so much he makes sure we get shook up because he wants us to look to him and without a good shaking most of us are content to remain asleep. I pray the controversy over Phil Robertson’s comments will push you to make a stand for Christ and the truth of his word.