What I Wish Phil Robertson Would Have Said

What I Wish Phil Robertson Would Have Said December 20, 2013

PhilUnless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about the controversy over the recent comments by Phil Robertson in GQ Magazine.  In the resulting firestorm, Phil has been suspended from the show by A&E.  The controversy has been intense and everyone has an opinion about what has happened.

My thoughts on this issue are too scattered to try to write about what I think of his suspension and the resulting backlash.  At the same time, there is a deficiency in Phil’s original comments that pose a problem even for those of us who understand where he is coming from and who want to agree with him.  No one from Phil Robertson’s camp has called me to ask for advice and I highly doubt the call will ever come.  If they were to ask me though, here is what I would tell them I wish Phil had said about homosexuality.  (His thoughts on race need to be addressed as well and I’ll probably do that soon as well.)

“You know Drew, in my mind I have never understood why a man would be more attracted to another man than he would be to a woman, but there are men who are.  I’ve heard that many of them struggle with it, can’t understand why, and hate themselves for it.  That is the part I do understand.  There are desires that I wish I didn’t have and pray everyday for them to be taken away.  So, I do have a lot of sympathy for men who wrestle with this desire because there are many desires I wrestle with too.

I’m not saying having a desire means that it’s okay to sin.  I look back at what my life was like before I came to know Jesus and am ashamed of it.  If you think about it, my getting drunk and chasing women isn’t different than homosexuality in that respect.  I was tempted by something and chased after without any thought to what God might want from me.  I wanted what I wanted and was going to do it no matter what.

Thankfully, God is really gracious and loves us in spite of our sin.  When you get down to it, all sin is offensive to God, some of it just looks worse to us than others.  And so God sent His Son into this world.  He lived a perfect life for thirty-three years and never sinned in any of the ways that we do.  Just to prove all human beings are sinful, we took the one perfect man who ever lived and murdered him.  He didn’t die as a victim though, he willingly gave himself up to die for our sins and then was raised on the third day.  He is in heaven at this very moment and is coming again one day.  It may not look like it to us right now, but Jesus is at work in this world and he is changing people every day.  All a person has to do is know their need for him because of the sin that is in them.  And if any person calls on his name and asks them to save them, he does it.  He forgives us, changes us, and makes us his own for eternity.

Drew, you asked me what I think about the push to redefine marriage and I’ll tell you.  God’s ideal for sexual relationships is that they only take place in a marriage between a man and a woman.  Once we begin to condone anything outside of this ideal, I think we are putting our foot on a slippery slope which will lead to a lot of unintended consequences.  This issue concerns me greatly, but I’m more concerned that everyone hears the great message of what Jesus has done for us.”

For Further Reading:
Is God antigay? by Sam Allberry
Love Into Light by Peter Hubbard

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  • It’d be real nice if we were all flawlessly conversive and came out with exactly what we wanted to articulate (and do so far better in print). But our friend did not. I’m not sure I would have responded any better, but I’d like to think that I would. Good post sir! 🙂

  • Tommy Cogle

    Your article was forwarded to me via email from a link on a Facebook post.
    It was said on the post that it was “worth reading”. I would have to disagree. It is obvious from your article that you did not take the time to read the GQ article prior to sharing your ideas. If you still have not read it, I would like to encourage you to do so. MSNBC is not as reliable a source as the actual article. Phil might have said it more colorful, but He pretty much said it the way you would have – again, read the article for yourself. I have to wonder how you would evaluate the message of the “crazy” man in camel hair feasting on locust and wild honey. I mean after all, this man was baptizing without having the people go through a 6 step process for church membership and even called for people to change their behavior in preparation for the Lord’s coming. Radical thought for todays new-found reformed theology isn’t it? He probably would not fair much better than Phil. Jesus himself was not in the habit of sugar coating to appease his audience but rather “layed it down like it is” so to speak- see Sermon on the Mount for glaring examples. And lastly, but most important, you said
    ” that homosexuality was not God’s IDEAL for marriage”! God does not have “IDEALS” ??????? GOD HAS STANDARDS!!!!!! Ideals are something humans come up with when we think God’s bar is just not in tune with today’s culture.
    I’ll leave you with a saying we have at my house- THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK, AND NEVER SPEAK ALL YOU THINK. I hope I have upheld that ideal with you.
    Wishing you all the best!

  • Scott Slayton

    I appreciate you stopping by and commenting, even though you believe my post was not worth reading.

  • Tommy Cogle

    Thanks for commenting back. Did you read the article??? Or just get your info from news reports. I read a number of your posts. I like your thoughts and insight, I just am not sure after reading this post. I also noticed you linked Alan Noble. His articles seem to have a strange angle to them. Please let me know if you read the article in GQ prior to writing yours. Thanks.

  • Scott Slayton

    I did read the article, and would not have written about this if I had not. My goal in this post is to try to help Christians see past the culture war aspect of this story and think about actual people struggling with same sex attraction who need the grace of the Gospel. As far as Alan Noble, I don’t know much about him, but the article that I posted from him was spot on.

  • Tommy Cogle

    Well peace to you then brother. My impression from GQ article was that Phil was attempting the same thing by airing his own shortcomings in past years( drinking/ womanizing). Not many of us are willing to go that far on a lesser platform. – speaking of me for sure. Again, best wishes and thanks again for the dialogue with me.