I have been pondering on the windstorm of controversy created by the media in reference to comments made by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson. In a very graphic way Robertson basically echoed the Bible, in that homosexuality (including many other categories), is sinful and unnatural. I believe the reason this issue is getting so much press is because of two things. First is the battle for the identity of America, and second is the battle of our own identity. This situation actually has little to do with Phil Robertson. This is an American identity crisis. Are we still the strong nation founded on Biblical principals, carried on the backs of God fearing men like Abraham Lincoln and John Adams? Or have we arrived at the shore of cowardice and regret; a nation that basically says every behavior is alright so long as it does not hurt anyone? For as long as I can remember I have known the United States of America to be a proud nation with a troubled yet storied past. The arenas of segregation, slavery, women’s suffrage, and countless other wrongs once served more as a testimony of God’s unending grace and how “One Nation Under God” found a way through courage and obedience to overcome our wretched nature. Now it seems these same dark days in our nation’s history are more like ammunition for division. Every school thought has a group, and every group has a sect, and every sect has a cohort. This division is engrained in our culture, our upbringing, and stamped on our foreheads until we are blue in the face. It appears that the valiant “One Nation Under God” phrase has morphed into something more like “Many Peoples under a god* (*assuming there is one)”. The problem with America is that the old principals that have gotten us this far (Jesus, family, patriotism, etc!) are an unpopular art. Today’s breed of young people is far more concerned about the temporary pleasures of living in the moment. We have traded God’s picture of the perfect woman found in Proverbs 31 with Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. I am not going to sit here and try to ignorantly profess that our nation was once impeccable and sin was never an issue. Certainly not! All who read this are well aware that this nation has sinned and it started long before Miley Cyrus was singing on Disney. However, I have found that this is the first time that the card holders of society (political leaders, celebrities, etc) have been in uniform PUBLIC agreement (or at least neutral silence) that sin is good for you once in a while.
The other issue at work to me is the issue of our own identity crisis. I believe that one of the main reasons so many gay people are infuriated by these comments from Robertson is because we (as a culture) have bought into the lie that homosexuality is an identity. In scripture homosexuality is a sin not an identity. When we openly attach ourselves to our own sinful actions we have cut off the possibility of a new man arising within us.
Romans 7: 18-20 says it best:
“18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”
This clearly states that we have sin working in us “independent” of ourselves. Homosexuality is a sin working in a life independent of ones own moral compass. When a person says “I am a homosexual” they are literal stating “I am” the sinful powers within me. Just like if I said my identity is a liar. I am not a liar; my sinful nature is a liar! So what happens is that we have all these people that use science and popular thought to fortify an identity of being gay. If I tell a homosexual what the Bible speaks of concerning homosexuality, to them I am saying “Your identity is sinful, your identity was born sinful, therefore you must be damned to Hell, because there is no way for you to change”. So no wonder gay and lesbian people have a hard time accepting this notion. Their fallacy comes when they attach there lifestyles to who God knows they really are. I believe we all have sinful tendencies or “strongholds” in our lives. One person may have an addictive personality and have drug and alcohol problems throughout his or her life. Another may have so much bitterness in his or her heart. One may be a compulsive liar. The list is endless. Just because these fictitious people struggle with various sins does not mean that they are hopeless in a pursuit to change these behaviors. This is where Jesus comes in.
Romans 7 24-25:
“24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
The real issue behind the souls that agree with the stronghold of homosexuality (and every other sin for that matter) is they have deceived themselves into believing that their “qualm” is with people like Phil Robertson who speak their mind. They believe that their identity is “gay” and there is no way to change that. The truth is they are offended at God, and they likely do not want to change. So what do you do when you do no want to change? Convince yourself there is no way to. I leave you with this scripture
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
The Bible is very clear on what is right and what is wrong. It is we who cloud the air so that people cannot see it. I encourage you to pray for those afflicted by homosexual tendencies and pray for the strength of God’s saints to boldly stand up for the truth.