I have probably read more threads and discussions on Facebook this week than would be advisable, but I have to admit, the matter concerning Phil Roberston involves a lot more than just Phil’s right to speak his mind, or A&E’s right to protect their brand. I welcome the debate on free speech and the commercial marketplace. We can debate whether Phil could have used greater discernment in his choice of words, or not; but there is a much bigger issue – Christians have become too passive and tolerant of sin. I am not a fan of hateful, disrespectful speech, just for the purpose of being hateful, but consider the words of the apostle Paul.
“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the images made to look like mortal human beings and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for aloe, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their woman exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error… They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife deceit and malice…” (Romans 1:26-29)
My question is this? If the HOLY SPIRIT used the apostle Paul to pen these words – why is it wrong for a servant of the gospel to repeat them publicly today. I am far less concerned with the opposition we are facing from politicians, or GLAAD, or civil rights groups than I am about fellow Christians who tell us we should “love and not correct.” As a parent I corrected my children because I love them. As church leader, I have corrected people because I love them. As an ambassador of the kingdom I have an obligation to tell the world EXACTLY what the apostle Paul told the first century world – homosexuality and sexual sin is deviant behavior and those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Forget about Phil, and A&E, and the media frenzy. Are we going to stand up and speak the truth to those who are lost and dying in sin. The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is apathy and far too many Christians have become apathetic about condemning sin and speaking clearly to the world the consequences of disobedience to God.