When the whole Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty/A&E controversy went down last month, I didn’t post about it. I didn’t say anything on facebook about it. 5 years ago, I would have. But the 2013 Jayme didn’t.
Why not now? Wisdom?
I’d like to think that it was because I didn’t really have a ‘dog in the fight’. I don’t watch Duck Dynasty. I’ve seen 2-3 episodes a couple of months ago when I was in the hospital after having Stephen…it was the only time that I had access to that channel. The most exposure that I’ve had to the family is watching their testimony on I Am Second.
But I did read his comments in their entirety (I think) and my reaction was “Boy, that was a dumb way of putting it.” and I also thought “I’ve said some really stupid things in my life and I’m guessing he regrets wording his position this way. I think I know what he means, but man, oh man.”
I think I really only know what he means because we (likely) share the same biblical worldview and because I’ve seen his testimony.
I’d like to think it was wisdom that made me refrain from saying anything, but the answer might just as easily be apathy.
Because I don’t really watch the show, I didn’t really care about the outcome of the situation. Which isn’t a big deal. But what concerns me about myself is that maybe I don’t care about is how Christians are viewed. And that’s a little troubling.
Because I should. To some degree anyway. I should care about how Christians are seen by others. I want us to be seen as loving. And joyful (not ridiculously happy because we’re clueless, but joyful as-a-whole). And aware (of what others face). And compassionate (knowing how difficult some people’s struggles are – no matter what it’s about). And gracious.
And in the whole Duck Dynasty/Pat Robertson/A&E thing, most Christians didn’t come across as loving, joyful, aware, compassionate or gracious. And that stinks.
But it didn’t really bother me very much. And I think it should have. At least a little.
What do you do with that realization?