I guess Phil Robertson has preached a new sermon that references the controversy and makes fun of the reporters who didn’t understand he was simply quoting a verse or two. Honestly, the lack of religious knowledge reporters who report on religion astounds me. Anyone with a lick of ‘bible learning knew he was quoting Romans 1. Because he affirms his previous stance, the “controversy” is starting up again.
Personally, I think liberals need to understand people don’t always change their opinions based on polls or what others think about them. Some people actually believe what they say and say what they believe. I don’t get why this is controversial. It’s not like he is calling for their deaths en masse.
You know my positions on all of these issues, but recently I’ve been thinking. There are two statements that I think needs repeating from his earlier interview:
“You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
Now, compare this from the Book of Discipline:
We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self. The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching. We affirm that God’s grace is available to all. We will seek to live together in Christian community, welcoming, forgiving, and loving one another, as Christ has loved and accepted us. We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.
I dunno… they say the same thing… one is covered in committeed-to-death nice words while the other is what that guy learned in Sunday School.
Basically – yup, sinners. Vile, disgusting sinners. But God loves them and we don’t want to judge them. But they are sinners.
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