America, Media, Religion, Same-sex Marriage

Phil Robertson was right, Christians should judge

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
                             -Romans 12:2

Matt K. Lewis has in interesting take on Phil Robertson being suspended from Duck Dynasty, the article is good, short, and worth a read but he is mostly wrong.

“I’ve always felt that this same dichotomy was at least partly to blame for why the mainstream media hated Sarah Palin so much. It wasn’t merely her conservative positions, but the fact that she was from Alaska — and that she never attempted to conform to their manner of speaking, style, or customs. She didn’t culturally evolve. (Kirsten Gillibrand no longer sleeps with two rifles under her bed, but Sarah from Alaska still goes hunting!)

Along those lines, it’s not just what Robertson said, but how he said it. Suppose, for example, he had simply said: “My faith tradition teaches that traditional marriage is the right path.” It’s hard to imagine that would have landed him in any trouble.”

Problem, as stated in the article is that America is indeed divided into an effete, cosmopolitan America that “Pajama Boy” represents and a regular America of Duck Dynasty folks who are, by worldy standards, out of touch with today’s acceptable norms.

Where Lewis, and many in America are wrong is that the latter group does not need to change  with the times to appear more accepting and/or to avoid worldly condemnation.

Would Phil Robertson really have been better off if he said as much as “I have evolved to the point where I am far too enlightened to believe the archaic and out of touch historical teachings of my faith?” Or would this make him a sell-out who dissed Jesus like He was Barbara Walters to conform to the teachings of the world?


*Dumb down your religion people, biblical Christianity wads the panties of the tolerant.

I like to put it it like this.  We have the firm standing Duck Dynasty folks whose biblical views don’t change with the times to pacify a touchy-feely, modernistic, socially acceptable, and perpetually offended PC norm.

“You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

-Matthew 10:22


And a morally relativistic America who wrongfully condemn Duck Dynasty folks as horrible, hateful, and judgmental bigots because they themselves have been so misled for so long even God has removed their sense of right and wrong.

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.”

-Romans 1:24


What this all boils down to is that modern America represented by Pajama Boy tells us that Christians should openly accept every societal norm it tells us to and never, ever judge, a stance that is both unbiblical and wrong.

In fact, we should judge and judge often in all areas of life against the one morally absolute standard that does not change with the times, adjust to trends, or bow down to fads and poltically correct amateur social critics.

Don’t judge me. Who are you to say homosexuality is wrong? Who are you to tell women they can’t have abortions if they want to? Who are you to tell me I can’t have sex outside of marriage if I decide it’s right for me? Surely no self-respecting Christian who follows their own Bible would dare judge another human; clearly you are not a good Christian…

And on and on and on, this kind of condemnation of all forms of judging goes against Christians who, more often than not, are simply stating their biblical disagreement with cultural trends, behaviors, or lifestyles in “love the sinner, hate the sin fashion.”

It almost seems modern secularists misuse Matthew 7:1 to rebuke Christians more than Christians have ever used John 3:16. And they use it to spread their message that anything and everything under the sun is acceptable and there is nothing anyone can say about it, lest they break the eleventh commandment of “Thou Shalt Not Judge.”

The idea that all forms of judgment is wrong is modern politically correct dogma created by a society that has rejected God and moral absolutes for so long He has given them over to the sinful desires of their hearts and allowed them to exchange His truth for lies. Thanks to God giving America what we wanted, we are now free to worship the progressive agenda of our design while firmly rejecting the law of our creator. (Romans 1:24) A law that has passed away and a moral code that has been replaced by a new kind of PC modern tolerance.

Today, tolerance no longer means what it used to. Essentially, with the stigma removed so we don’t recognize sin anymore, it now means that all ideas, lifestyles, and truth claims are equally valid. But, does the use of Matthew 7:1 as a stand-alone quotation to silence Christian moral judgment even make the same point Jesus was making when He asked us not to judge?

Did Jesus really mean that no one should ever judge anyone else by any standard, ever? Of course, He was referring to the idea that there should be no double standard when Christians render moral judgments or condemn actions or behavior based on biblical standards of right and wrong. In other words, we should not judge others by a standard we would not want to be judged by ourselves and we should correct our own behavior before condemning others.

Condemnation and bringing sinful behavior to the attention of others was never a forbidden Christian teaching as Jesus Himself referred to people as “dogs” and “swine” later in the same chapter, if this isn’t a stern judgment, then what is?

Obviously, the words of Jesus are used metaphorically but the message in them could not be clearer. “Do not persist in offering what is sacred or of value to those who have no appreciation for it, because your gift will not only become contaminated and be despised, your efforts could also be rebuffed and perhaps even openly attacked.” The “dogs” and “swine” in this verse represent the unappreciative, ungodly, and uncaring men and women who mock and belittle the value of the free gift of eternal life that has been offered to them.

Look back on what happened with Chick-fil-A. Where Christian biblical morals accepted or were they trampled on with hatred?

It seems we have become a tolerant society of sinners who have been given over to our sinful desires (Romans 1:24), who willfully reject the good news message of the cross as foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18), and seem almost to welcome the prospect of eternal separation from the God we openly want nothing to do with… I know from experience the simplest hint of the message of Christ and Christian moral teaching is often met with loathing. “That which is holy” is a metaphor for the meat offered in sacrifice to God. A dog could care less whether it was fit for the altar or pulled from the trash while the swine has no appreciation for either the beauty or the value of the pearls under their feet. Christians preach the message of salvation but all society hears are intolerant rules that conflict with individual morality.

In our zeal to create a tolerant and judgment-free society, we have effectively made the act of saying someone is doing something wrong the world’s foremost evil while all that was evil has now been made justifiably good. This is an absurd morally relativistic system that is incapable of standing up under its own weight and only leads to us floating aimlessly in a sea of chaos without the moral anchor we were told we would be hated for.

“You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

-Matthew 10:22

If Phil Robertson is guilty of anything it is of standing firm and not conforming to the world and not hating the world and those in it like they hate him.


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One thought on “Phil Robertson was right, Christians should judge

  1. Isn’t it ironic that Christians are being denied freedom of speech, freedom of religion and religious tolerance by those who condemn Christians as being intolerant, hateful and bigoted. I say “go home, Piers Morgan! We claimed this land to be a refuge from British domination. While in our land, please respect our Christian commitments.”

    Posted by Linus | December 19, 2013, 5:14 pm

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