Duck Dynasty. They’re all over the news. You’ve got supporters, you’ve got condemners, you’ve got everything in-between. For a balance, grace-filled view, I recommend these two blog posts:
Specifically with issues that have caused such heartache and damage already like gay marriage and racial inequity, we should refuse to contribute to someone’s pain by speaking about them abstractedly, distantly, as if they aren’t real human beings whose lives bear actual repercussions of our casual public conversations. The sterile public sphere outside of the protective confines of relationships is not a safe place for such weighty discussions, and we should not add to the pile of condescending, degrading comments about real human people. These precious, fragile conversations belong among people who love one another, who’ve earned the right to be heard, who can look each other in the eye and listen with grace and humility.
We are not judges, because how could we possibly be?? How dare we? What right do we have to cut someone to the quick when we are nothing but sinners saved by grace? Sanctification is Jesus’ territory, and we can safely leave Him to it; He can handle the human heart. Our only sane offering to our fellow man is mercy.
– “The Duck Thing: Is There Another Way?” (Jen Hatmaker)
As well as this gem that was shared with me by my friend Kara…
So the question isn’t what I think about homosexuality. The question is what do you think about God? Will you have a relationship with Him and know all the gifts He has to offer you? I do have a relationship with Him because I accepted His mercy towards me and it has changed everything about my life. It doesn’t make me perfect. It doesn’t make me better than anyone else. It makes me forgiven and continually being forgiven and I’m at peace. And so I try to please Him. In doing that, I want to uphold the truth of His word.
You can decide for yourself what you want to do with God and His word. I don’t have to agree with your choice to love or respect you. And you don’t have to agree with mine. God gave us all free will to choose. So make your choice and I will make mine, but whatever you choose, you are still created in the image of God and He loves you immensely and I respect you as being precious in His sight.
– “Wading into the Duck Pond” (Grace in the Real World)
Sin is sin. Grace is grace. Why do we try to complicate that?
All that being said, guess what else happened while the media happily obsessed over the ducks?
In the midst of the heated debate over Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s comments regarding homosexuality and the distraction of the holiday season, the highly controversial defense spending bill for 2014, famously known as the NDAA, passed the senate.
In addition to the indefinite detention provisions listed in section 1021 of the original 2012 bill, the 2014 bill which congress hurriedly rushed into a vote in June, codifies a massive expansion of government surveillance under section 1061: the conflict records research center and additionally affirms the authorization for use of military force and expanding the Patriot Act surveillance.
The same type of political distraction has been used before. Most notably and recently during the marriage equality debate in March 2013 when President Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act into law, which gives Monsanto immunity from federal court prosecution.
– Duck Distraction: 2014 NDAA Passes Senate (Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children)
Panem et circenses.