This weekend Phil Robertson made comments that don’t exactly line up with the current liberal narrative taking over our country like a hybrid form of the Black Plague. The comments that he made, while nonviolent, still lead to his immediate suspension from the #1 family friendly show in America, Duck Dynasty. Unfortunately while I understand the 1st Amendment debate, I also understand the 1st Amendment and realize that this isn’t much of a 1st Amendment problem. The overpowering government didn’t silence him, the overpowering media did; in both cases, their overpowering condition is our fault.
As a Constitution loving individual, while supporting Phil, I also have to support the rights of A&E to employ whom they wish to employ. So, I respect the rights of A&E and their ability to make whatever choices they want for their channel, even if it’s the suicide of the network, I stand in amazement over their silencing of a man who was simply asked his opinion and gave it. But then I remember how much of this is our fault.
Why, you may ask? Well, let me explain in story first…
So, every day when Amy gets to work, Bob slaps her as his morning greeting. For years Amy gets so accustomed to the routine of getting slapped that she expects it every day upon arriving at her work. She’s even started greeting Bob, “Good morning, Bob!” she states while she exposes her face in expectation of being backhanded. “Good morning, Amy!”, he kindly says while he leaves an imprint on her face. One day Amy shows up to work and Bob decides to punch her in the face, “HOW DARE YOU!”, declares Amy! Bob stands in shock at the surprise on Amy’s face. Months go by and Bob continues to coldcock Amy in the face during their morning exchange, over time Amy starts getting accustomed to his punching as well.
Well, Christian America, you’ve been punched.
In the groin.
But even worse, you’ve been excited and welcoming the slaps for years. You see, we’ve allowed the entertainment industry to take over our lives, manipulate us, depreciate us, devalue our morals, and dictate our Children’s beliefs. They didn’t sneak into our home when we weren’t there, we invited them, served them tea, introduced them to the family pet, did a little Karaoke… But as long as we post a “Keep Christ in Christmas!!” picture on our Facebook page at some point in the month of December, all of that is forgotten. You see, while A&E has the right to terminate employment with anyone they choose, Americans have the right to not support both A&E and those that advertise on their channel. While this isn’t a 1st Amendment issue, it should be a moral issue worthy of taking action.
Yes…I know that many of the politicians I support are calling this a freedom of speech issue, I personally don’t see it. But then again, that’s the beauty of this country, I don’t have to agree with ANYONE, and those reading this certainly don’t have to agree with me on that point.
More than likely, when you’re not fighting the good fight for Phil on a Wednesday night, you are watching a show that is consistently throwing your morals on the ground, stomping on them, butchering them, burning them, dousing the ashes in acid, and then burying what’s left in a shallow grave now located underneath a 5000 pound concrete Buddha.
But it’s funny, right? So it totally makes it worth it, right?
What if I told you that the increased amount of sexual content in shows, movies and music is a way for the entertainment industry to slowly manipulate you into thinking that multiple partners is completely natural and acceptable? What if I told you that your continued viewership of such programs prove that they’ve been successful?! What if I told you that they have admitted to this?!?!
What if the government pays to get their anti-gun, pro-gay marriage, pro-meaningless sex, anti-religious rhetoric in shows because it actually works at whittling away at your sensibilities?
My Grandma serves to be quite a significant filter for entertainment. I used to laugh and chuckle at the shocked look on her face when she saw something ignorant, perverted or classless…now I envy it. But you see, once again, we’ve let them into our homes and let them change our perception of how we view quality entertainment. If you’re reading this and thinking “what a prude!”, it’s just another form of proof that what they have been slowly trying to do in our country has been successful.
So, like I stated above, this is not a free speech issue, contrary to popular belief; it’s a moral issue. See, nobody stopped Phil from saying his piece, and technically A&E didn’t silence him, they became unaffiliated with him. Sure, we could make this into a free speech issue, or we could accept it for what it is; a punch in the face that will be continued daily until finally we are used to it. We’ll sit down tonight and watch Scandal (ABC, who is part owner of A&E) while we vent on our phones about Phil. Why? Because the object of our need for necessary entertainment is much too great to sacrifice on the altar of common sense and standing up for what we would sorta, kinda, almost feel passionately about if it wasn’t for that new season of The Bachelorette.
Face it, we have the follow through of…something that doesn’t have very good follow through. We have moments of boldness, but then they die. And not slowly, no, not like “hey, you’ve got 6 months to live”, no, our boldness dies while our spine is yelling “STOP PLAYING ON THE TRACKS! WATCH OUT FOR THAT TRAI…never mind.”
“I said “MERRY CHRISTMAS”, ya…I went there”, said with the tone of an egotistical new gang member that just completed his final initiation ritual for the Crips. Yet in June we’ll be saying “I try to stay away from politics, render unto Caesar or something, am I right?”… How can we expect to gain any substantial ground if our moral compass has the stability of that family member you “forgot” to invite to Christmas when they’re off their meds?
The truth – the whole ugly nasty truth – is that we have created this. We are a Christian nation that no longer stands up for ANYTHING. And it’s not even that we have a low attention span, it’s that we are ready and willing to carry the Cross until it gets heavy from the weight of previews for next week’s ground breaking episode of Revenge, or the weight of not causing waves with friends who like to share pictures of their dinner on Pinterest. The “Christian Nation” has become about as deep as a mud puddle with little to no moral outcry. Seriously, people, it’s time to stand for something!
Us: “I once shared a picture of you on Facebook that said I followed you.” *tips head in pride, widens eyes ready to absorb the overwhelming approval*
Jesus: “Oh! Well then, that changes everything.”
No it doesn’t.
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
Oh yes, yep, that makes more sense.
Trust me, I’ve been there. Trying to weed the garden, figure out what glorifies Him. It’s difficult, and it’s an ongoing process. But if you want to change the world, if you want to change the morals, it starts by taking up the challenge and changing yourself to be more like Him.
To end, I sincerely pray that those “fed up” actually mean it, and that something as simplistic and mindless as a TV show – one that’s probably spewing out your favorite propaganda anyway – isn’t enough to destabilize your momentary steel spine. Rebuild and strengthen your moral code, start recognizing the propaganda on TV for what it is. That said, don’t boycott shows just to punish them, boycott the advertisers to do that, boycott the shows because you’re tired of them treating you like mindless drones that need thought guidance. And as I say in multiple other blog posts…
PICK UP A BOOK! (someday I’m going to have this tattooed on my forehead)
Finally, I conclude this blog post with one cute duck.