When I think about the apostle Peter, I imagine him being played by Phil Robertson – a somewhat crass old fisherman who’s tongue moves a little bit faster than his brain, but he loves Jesus. :-)=
Today the Duck Commander is in the news for calling homosexuality a sin. There is enough commentary on what Phil said about homosexuality in the blogosphere, so you really don’t need my opinion on it today. Instead, I would like to point out the many other things that Robertson called “sin” in his article:
1) Sexual promiscuity – sleeping around, non-committal sex (heterosexuality or homosexuality)
2) Adultery – sex outside of marriage, or cheating on your wife… or as Jesus defined adultery, even thinking about cheating on your wife!
3) Idolatry – An idol is anything that you set up in your life as a ‘god’ that is not God. I can’t define this one for you. You have to ask yourself… what are the things in your life that you put ahead of your relationship with Jesus?
6) Stealing & cheating people
I didn’t want you to think that ol’ Phil was just picking on homosexuals. He was probably calling you out too. The fact is, we ALL are sinners. We all need to be forgiven by God for the terrible things that we do. THAT is the point of Christmas. While we were all sinners, God loved us so much that he sent His one and only son, Jesus, to die for us – so that if anyone put their faith in Him, they would not die but have everlasting life. (Romans 5:8, John 3:16) We are all in need of a savior.
Finally, I must address my Christian brothers and sisters. Examine Phil’s response to the criticism. “I centred my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
Do not be so adamant about having the world conform to our behavior that you conform to theirs. In your frustration, practice love.