John 15:18-20 (NKJV)
18 �If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, �A servant is not greater than his master.� If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
Jesus comments to His followers that those who hate Him will also hate those who follow Him and hold to His beliefs. If they speak up on behalf of the world, the world will accept them, but if they speak up on behalf of Christ there will be conflict.
Yesterday A&E network suspended Phil Robertson from the show Duck Dynasty after Phil, who is 67, gave his opinion on sin. Quoting Phil from his interview, ��Everything is blurred on what�s right and what�s wrong. Sin becomes fine," he later added. �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. 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.��
Everything Phil said is in line with Christian belief. Part of what he quotes comes straight out of The Bible. Homosexuality is considered a sin, but there are also many more sins that can be named and each one is just as offensive to God. I affirm there are many other sins such as laziness, pride, hatred, malice, gossip, name calling, murder, adultery, theft and the list goes on that fall under the category of sin. We are all sinners in this world and no one who is exempt.
It is bad enough on TV shows that Christians are not always allowed to end a prayer with, �IN JESUS NAME, AMEN�. As Jesus said they hate me so they will hate you and even today that stands true.
I will say this about a Christian who understands Jesus. Jesus always pointed out the sins of a person and then told them to go and sin no more. Jesus never condemned the person, but instead showed love, mercy and grace. Most Christians understand this about Jesus and while they point out sin they are also ready to love the person who is dealing with sin.
Phil Robertson was just standing up for what he believed. He didn�t attack anyone directly. We all should be able to have freedom of speak to discuss our beliefs even when they conflict with others. And Phil didn�t use Duck Dynasty to promote his beliefs as many commentators do today. He was talking in an interview and gave an opinion.