I haven’t weighed in on the Duck Dynasty controversy but I do think Stephen has an important point to make in his article, Should We Be Happy About the Duck Dynasty “Victory”? At the very least it is something to think about and a great discussion starter. After talking about some of the things that bothered him about the recent comments of Phil Robertson and his quick suspension issued by A & E and the whole issue of tolerance in our culture. Stephen writes
But there is one thing that stands out to me more than anything else: We Christians need to distribute our moral outrage more appropriately.
Conservative Christians were absolutely outraged over Phil Robertson’s suspension. I mean, we seriously flipped out, taking to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, the radio, and even television to voice our disgust. And while I understand the need for clear-headed dialog on issues related to civil liberties, I think it would behoove (I’ve always wanted to use that word) us as Christians to distribute our outrage a little more evenly.
“I don’t hear a whole lot of moral outrage regarding the issue of pornography. I hear a lot of talk about the need to stay away from porn, but I don’t hear much by way of outrage. We should be really, really outraged about porn. I would venture to say that porn is destroying more men, boys, and families than homosexuality and polygamy combined. We should be outraged at the damage being done by pornography. . . .
I don’t hear a whole lot of moral outrage regarding the plight of young girls caught in the sex-trafficking industry. The fact that sex-trafficking even exists should fill us with a holy, flipping the tables in the temple, kind of anger. . . .
I don’t sense the same level of outrage and urgency about abortion as I did about Duck Dynasty. That simply should not be the case. Every day thousands and thousands of babies are straight-out killed. Executed. Murdered. Now that is something truly worthy of outrage. . . .
Should we be happy about the Duck Dynasty “victory”? I don’t know. I guess it’s a good thing in terms of religious liberty. But I would love to see more churches and Christians (myself included!) fired up about something more important than a reality television show. Every day millions of men and women look at porn, thousands of girls are caught in sex-trafficking, thousands of babies are executed, and millions of people die without the gospel.
Let’s get fired up about the things that really matter.”
What do you think about this? Before commenting, read the whole article here first!