Some Christians are getting tired of the Duck Dynasty controversy, especially those who aren’t enamored with the show. As a result, I’ve noticed a groundswell of Facebook and blog posts about how God’s people should stop talking about it and care about something that really matters, like child hunger or human trafficking.
Allow me to offer 5 reasons why we should continue to care about this controversy.
1. It concerns the truth of Scripture. People can argue about whether this is a Constitutional issue. But we know it’s a Bible issue and sound doctrine is taking a beating. Bill O’Reilly, for example, goes on the air night after night and acts like Luke 6:37 is the only verse in the Bible. Others ridicule the Bible for its “barbaric” stance on a host of social issues, starting with homosexuality and gay marriage. Aren’t we Christians supposed to have an answer ready to account for the faith that is within us? (1 Peter 3:15) To those who say the church should stop talking about this controversy, I must ask why? Is it just because you’re tired of hearing about it? And if so, isn’t that a wee bit self-centered?
2. It’s a messy discussion. All kinds of crazy things are being said on both sides of the controversy, which is why some people are growing weary, I’m sure. But isn’t it also a reason to stay engaged? Shall the voices of reason bow out completely and just let the extremists have complete control? I, for one, appreciate anybody who brings a note of sanity and truth into the discussion. I’m guessing God appreciates such people, too.
3. Opportunities like this don’t come along every day. The Bible and Bible-believing people have been thrust into the national spotlight and millions of people are talking. So we–God’s ambassadors–are going to bow out of the conversation? Really? Some might say that everything that needs to be said has already been said. I suppose I could say the same thing about preaching at Poinciana Christian Church for 24 years. Why preach next Sunday? Surely in the 1,000-plus sermons I’ve preached here, I’ve said pretty much everything that needs to be said. In my view, as long as someone is listening, Christians should be speaking the truth.
4. Emotion is good. I’m always hearing people talk about how apathetic Christians are. Now that Christians are deeply moved about something, many of those same critics would like for us to calm down. I fear the real problem is that we’re not excited about what they want us to be excited about. But here’s the truth: I can care about more than one thing at a time. When I was in college, I took several classes at the same time and passed them all! Now I wear a dozen different hats as a pastor, in addition to being an author, husband, father, and grandfather. Yes, I can care about more than one thing at a time. And I do.
5. People are listening. My humble blog has blown up in the last few days. I’ve gotten more than 10 times the number of page views I normally get and have received emails from all over, even from gays. Virtually all of the emails are thoughtfully composed and sincere. A number of people have told me that they really struggle with these issues. Dozens have thanked me for lending my voice to the discussion. And almost none of them even mention Duck Dynasty, which proves that this is not a discussion about a TV show. At least for a lot of people it’s not.
One final thought: this blog post was inspired by the numerous blogs and Facebook posts I’ve read in the last 24 hours which suggest that Christians should stop talking about this controversy and start caring about something more important. I suspect the irony is lost on a lot of these people…that they’re thinking and writing about the very thing they’re telling others to stop thinking and writing about.
Sometimes you just gotta laugh.