America is in an uproar right now over the supposedly controversial words of Phil Robertson – the patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” family. Below is the part of the interview he gave that has caused all the ruckus.
What, in your mind, is sinful?” (Question from the interviewer.)”Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.
Oh no, he said homosexual behavior is a sin! How dare he say that. Who made him God to say what is and is not a sin. He needs to come into the 21st century. Blah, blah, blah. These are some of many reactions that have been spoken in outrage against Mr. Robertson because of his outspoken beliefs on sexual morality.
Many of the reporters talking heads on the news channels have tried to turn this into a question of freedom of speech. “Does he have a right to say such things?” “Should A&E be forced to keep him on the show?” But this is the wrong focus. I haven't seen anyone ask the question yet, “Is what he said true?”
Nowadays people of the world (mostly through the influence of a politically correct media) just assume that homosexual behavior is OK. “I have a brother that is gay and I love him.” “Gay people don't hurt anyone so what's the big deal?” “You can't tell me what to do with my body!” Any of that sound familiar?
But it used to be (and not very long ago) that most everyone, even people who were not very religious, thought homosexual behavior was immoral and wrong. But now, everyone has been drinking the Kool-Aid handed out by the media (movies, TV, radio, news, etc.) and have been brainwashed into thinking that anyone who holds to those former beliefs about sexuality is outdated, hateful and most certainly in league with the devil.
Mr. Robertson gets his beliefs from the Bible and he is correct – the Bible does in fact condemn homosexual behavior. But, as was pointed out by some of the talking heads on TV, there are groups of Christians who are homosexual who “love Jesus” (a quote from one of the talking heads). The implication here is that gay Christians believe it is ok to be gay and they use the Bible too. They just interpret it differently. So who is right (or left as the case may be)?
People on the 'right' would say Mr. Robertson is correct and people on the 'left' would say he is not correct. The reason that there is such a difference of opinion here is because the Bible doesn't interpret itself – people interpret the Bible. And if you have a homosexual agenda then you are going to learn the art of theological gymnastics in order to make the Bible say what you want it to say. (Thank you Protestant Reformation.)
We have such a divide on so many issues now because of a lack of Authority. Who gets to determine what the Bible really teaches and what is moral and what is not? Well, God does. And how does He accomplish this for us so that we can know what is true and what is false? Jesus left to all of mankind the fullness of Truth but He left it in the care of the Catholic Church to defend it, expound it and to pass it on to succeeding generations. And, of course, it is the Pope and the bishops in communion with him that are primarily tasked with this duty.
And the Catholic Church has always taught the Truth about sexual morality, which includes the teaching that homosexual behavior is wrong. So, to answer my question, yes, Mr. Robertson is correct but only because his interpretation of the Bible coincides with the revealed Truth that has been entrusted to the Catholic Church.