The Latest On The Duck Dynasty Controversy


Some of you may recall that Duck Dynasty patriarch, Phil Robertson, in an interview with GQ Magazine, once paraphrased I Corinthians 6:9-10:

“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

A&E, who aired Duck Dynasty, suspended Robertson, and GLAAD and other groups accused Robertson of being a homophobe. What was less publicized at the time and was not picked up by the media was that Gordon Gekko apparently also complained.

“Mr. Gekko finds Mr. Robertson’s remarks offensive and typical of narrow-minded Christians,” a spokesperson for Gecko said.

“As Mr. Gekko has stated before, ‘Greed is good. Good is right. Greed works. Greed will save that malfunctioning corporation called the USA.'”

“Mr. Gekko would also like to remind us all that for too long the greedy have been a minority in this country and that they are entitled to be free from the sort of hate-speech Robertson and his kind promotes.”

Robertson was asked for a response to Gecko’s remarks but said, “I was only quoting Scripture.” GS


The Great Paradox of Divorce

As you know if you are regular here, I am a lawyer. On occasion, I volunteer for the local bar association’s program to provide legal advice to those who cannot afford it. As part of the program, I field calls from people asking questions touching on various areas of the law.

This is a change for me because I am a trial lawyer, specializing in trying employment law cases. What amazes me each time I volunteer is the sheer number of callers seeking legal advice regarding obtaining divorces. It is literally every other call. I always pass the call on to another lawyer because it is not my field of law and because I don’t want to participate in putting asunder what God has joined together.

It would be easy enough to scoff at the world and the fact that those who reject God and talk so romantically about visualizing world peace, and imaging a world without religion can’t even get along with those they vowed to love forever, but Christians fare only a little better.

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On Stumbling Blocks

“it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.” Luke 17:1-2

There are certain things Jesus said that frighten me. Saying that it would be better for me to have a millstone tied around my neck and drowned rather than be a hypocrite is one of them. Some others? That if I don’t forgive others, God won’t forgive me (Matt. 6:15); and that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven (Luke 12:10). I take these scriptures very seriously. I just figure it’s silly for me to believe what Jesus said about my salvation but assume he was mistaken about these other things. I take them seriously, and I fear God.

I’m not going to qualify what I mean by “fear God,” if for no other reason than I am tempted to, and I am sure I am tempted to because of the snowflake theologies of our generation that have created an ambient pressure to only define God in terms of His love for us. Such theologies enable misguided pastors like Rob Bell and destroy misinformed ones like Carl Lentz, and they can lead the rest of us astray as well. We should choose to serve the God of the Bible, not the God of The Shack.

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How To Not Commit Adultery

Adultery is an unpleasant subject.

The secular world, attempting to assuage its collective conscious, deals with this unpleasant subject by calling it “an affair.”

An “affair,” you see, is trivial, a mere fling. Nothing to see here. Move along.

True Jesus-followers are usually savvy enough to avoid this secular word play and see it for what it is—an attempt to render amoral one of the most destructive relational acts known to man by a linguistic slight of hand. But then they often make a different mistake, a mistake which is equally offensive to the Truth.

That mistake is calling the process that results in infidelity as “falling into adultery.” I suspect they do this to not sound judgmental toward the adulterer. “You see, he didn’t really mean to hurt anyone. He fell into adultery.”

The problem here is that people do not “fall into adultery.” People fall into manholes; they commit adultery.  Continue reading “How To Not Commit Adultery”

Advice for Judges from the Bible

I’m a trial lawyer.

And as a trial lawyer, my job requires dealing with judges.

Even if you are not a trial lawyer, you should be concerned about judges because judges are the dispensers of justice in our society.

And, if we do not have a good judges we will not have justice, and justice is foundational not only to a healthy culture but to the kingdom of God. (Isaiah 9:7).

Fortunately, the Bible is quite clear as to what makes a good judge; it is stated in Deuteronomy 16:18-20. There are three principle qualifications: Continue reading “Advice for Judges from the Bible”