Five @ Free Flow Friday!

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It’s Friday!!!!

It’s my 7 year old’s Birthday!!!!

It’s Christmas Break for my kids!!!!

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It’s 5 Days ’til Christmas!!!!

I’m HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!!!

Speaking of which, have you heard about what happened to Phil?

Below are 5 articles written from a Christian’s perspective on the ordeal.

What do you think?

#1. You Have Been Warned – The ‘Duck Dynasty’ Controversy by Al Mohler

Another interesting parallel emerges with the timing of this controversy. The current issue of TIME magazine features Pope Francis I as ‘Person of the Year.’ Within days of TIME’s declaration, Phil Robertson had been suspended from Duck Dynasty. Robertson’s suspension was caused by his statements that homosexual acts are sinful. But Pope Francis is riding a wave of glowing publicity, even as he has stated in public his agreement with all that the Roman Catholic Church teaches, including its teachings on homosexual acts.

Francis has declared himself to be a ‘son of the church,’ and his church teaches that all homosexual acts are inherently sinful and must be seen as “acts of grave depravity” that are ‘intrinsically disordered.’

But Pope Francis is on the cover of TIME magazine and Phil Robertson is on indefinite suspension. Such are the inconsistencies, confusions, and hypocrisies of our cultural moment.”

Think about that for a second: The Pope is ‘TIME’s’ Person of the Year (Hello? Do you know what Catholic’s believe about Homosexuality?) and Phil Robertson gets ‘canned’ from a ‘Reality’ TV show – WHAT????

 

#2. Duck Dynasty? by Russell Moore

If I don’t like that he’s gutting a deer in front of his granddaughters, I can turn the channel. If I don’t like that he goes to a church with a different view of baptism than mine, then I can go on the Internet and say why I think he’s wrong. And if you don’t like his religious views on sexuality (views held also by Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and evangelicals as well as by many Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and the Dalai Lama), you’re free to say why you think he’s wrong. And you’re free to change the channel.

Let’s have genuine diversity, meaning let’s talk honestly with one another about what we believe and why. Muting one another isn’t what debate is for in a free society. It’s what remote controls are for.”

Amen, and Amen. 

 

#3. Duck Dynasty Star Fired Over Remarks on Homosexuality by Joe Carter

Religious believers who think they can avoid the issue are deluding themselves. While we may not have a hit reality show that we can get fired from, we will be pressured in numerous ways to make it clear that we will not speak or act publicly in a way that supports the biblical view of homosexuality. The objective of the activists is to marginalize Christian views on sexual norms until they can be outlawed in the public square. Many Christians have already and will continue to gleefully work to ensure this becomes a reality. But for faithful Christians, allowing our biblical witness to be silenced is not an option. Like Phil Robertson we must all say, ‘My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.'”

Do you think Carter is right??

 

#4. Why Suspending Phil Robertson Will Backfire by Trevin Wax

Recent polls show that half of Americans are now supportive of gay marriage. I suspect that two-thirds of that number are Libertarian-minded people, like the guy I talked to a few weeks ago who told me, ‘I don’t care who gets married to whom. Live and let live. As long as they don’t push their views on me or my family.’

That’s a simplistic analysis of the debate over marriage in our society, but it’s popular. There are plenty of people who feel the same way about any number of cultural issues. ‘Just leave people alone.’

That’s why I believe the Duck Dynasty suspension will backfire, and Phil’s days on the show aren’t over for good. You can’t claim the right of free speech for the obscenities of Bill Maher and then try to shut down conversation in Louisiana.

Disagree with Phil Robertson all you want. Take to blogs. Change the channel. But firing a lovable ‘heretic’ is not the way to go in a society that promotes free speech.”

Question: Is it loving to to ‘just leave people alone’ on such issues?

 

#5. ‘Duck Dynasty:’ Let’s Deal in Real Reality by Jarod C. Wilson

I sometimes wonder what believers in the 2/3 world would think if they knew Western evangelicals get uptight about this kind of thing. We need to watch our rhetoric. It of course will not serve us well to pretend like the cultural wind isn’t shifting — indeed, it’s already shifted — but we need to be sober-minded. The firing of a millionaire reality show participant isn’t just a first world problem — it’s a one-percenter problem. As the cultural winds shifted against the early church, the believers in the Bible did not protest so much as praise. And what they suffered — and what our brothers and sisters around the world daily suffer — make this concern pale whiter than Miss Kay’s dumplin’s.”

Boom. Wilson’s right on. . . but I could sure go for some Miss Kay’s dumplin’s!

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3 thoughts on “Five @ Free Flow Friday!

  1. Rodney Wimberly says:

    From Michael Lofti @ Ben Seann:

    “When Chic-Fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy made anti-gay comments and donated to traditional marriage groups conservatives criticized liberals who protested Chic-Fil-A. “It’s a private business. Deal with it,” conservatives shouted. However, now the tables have turned. Today, conservatives are screaming, “First Amendment rights!” Meanwhile, from those same conservatives, hardly a trickle of non-bias commentary is provided, which is under the tone of being neutral, and in support of the free-market.

    ‘Do you support the free-market, or not? Either you believe in private enterprise, or you believe that laws should govern the market. No ambiguous middle ground can exist here. Why? When one violates the underlying principle of free-market capitalism in pursuance of supporting individual values, the principle of economic liberty, at this moment, is destroyed. Moving forward, all with differing values will pursue law and government intervention in order to achieve these values. This is the philosophical argument.

    ‘The lawful argument is simple. No one’s First Amendment rights were violated here. The Bill of Rights is applicable to laws passed by the federal government, and the federal government alone. The Bill of Rights was intended to keep the federal government from becoming too strong– not state governments and certainly not private businesses.”

  2. Rodney Wimberly says:

    From Camille Paglia on The Laura Ingram show;

    ““I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,”

    ‘“In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have the right to support homosexuality — as I one hundred percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom there,”

    ‘”To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades, This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.”

    ‘“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility, This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.”

    ‘“There is a dialogue going on human civilization, for heaven sakes. It’s not just this monologue coming from fanatics who have displaced the religious beliefs of their parents into a political movement, And that is what happened to feminism, and that is what happened to gay activism, a fanaticism.””

  3. J.B. says:

    I won’t add to what I’ve already said, so here are the links to previous posts that reveal my thoughts about it…

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