Dear Christians defending Phil Robertson
Phil Robertson’s interview with GQ Magazine has ruffled quite a few feathers. If it wasn’t enough that he discussed race and culture in an offensive way, he went on to compare homosexuality to bestiality.
People are angry. Spit-fire comments and debates have filled up my news feeds. I’m sad seeing how the body of Christ looks this week. Finger-pointing has replaced love. Making a point has replaced wanting a relationship.
Here are my thoughts to the Christians defending Phil Robertson:
Dear Christians defending Phil Robertson,
Is this really what it looks like to be a Christian? To slander each other and shake our fingers and cross our arms, basking in our “rightness”?
Is defending Phil Robertson for his offensive comments and slamming people with Bible verses on social media what it looks like to follow Jesus?
I understand this thinking. I grew up in a church where it seemed we were against everything “for the Gospel”: gay people, sex, television, even democrats and UGA football. For years, I thought being a Christian was about putting people in their place and polishing my image.
But then, something changed. I awakened to the truth that the Gospel is an absurd love story. That God gave his only Son over to ridicule, torture and death that we may have life.
The Bible says that people outside the church will know Jesus because of our love for one another. Nothing else, just love.
Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church, has this incredible sermon called, “The Separation of Church and Hate” where he asks Christians a very poignant question, “Are you making a point or are you making a difference?”
When we slander gay people or write a post defending Phil Robertson who is cheering for us? Is it people outside the church? The people that are supposed to want what we have because of our love?
On the contrary, all those people think we’ve lost it, most that Christians are hateful and ignorant.
So who is cheering in defense of Phil Robertson’s offensive comments?
People inside the church who would rather make a point than make a difference. Making a point makes us not approachable, not loving, and certainly not humble.
We cannot be content to sit back behind our computers and make a point. As Christians, we are called to make a difference in people’s lives–and making a difference is usually slow and messy because when you’re meeting someone in the mud, in the darkness, in the betrayal, in the pain, they’ll need the healing power of Jesus flowing through you. They need us to be with them, not preach at them.
So let’s get away from dogmatic point-making and get back to what Jesus taught us to do: love radically and leave the results to our good Dad.
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