No doubt you’ve heard that PhilRobertson of Duck Dynasty fame has been suspended from the popular A&E series for expressing his views on homosexuality. It’s quite a stance A&E has taken on behalf of the gay community, but it’s not a surprising one at all. I’m actually more surprised by the people who are surprised than I am by what actually happened.
But this post is not about whether A&E should have suspsended Phil. (Disclaimer: I DO like Phil and Duck Dynasty; it’s a funny show, and the Robertson men are all eerily similar to my Dad in so many ways.) This is about all the gobbledy-goop that floods the world wide web in response to a move of this sort.
When a news story breaks online, it is customary for readers to post their comments. We live in a Facebook world where quick, witty comments that are devoid of actual information are the fashion. This exhausts me. Reading comments on websites makes me want to run to the nearest bookshelf and grab a good book to wash the unintelligible mish-mash out of my brain. I feel like I need a shower – – no, a detox bath, to brush my teeth, and have an intelligent conversation with my 5-year-old, who makes more sense than the general populace.
I think our culture is pretty rotten. I also believe Christians can impact the culture for good and for change. But in order to do this, we have to be able to speak effectively and give the crowds a reason to agree. If they can’t read what we are typing, or understand what we are saying, or if we are full of hypocrisy or hatred, we will have no impact.
Take a look at this comment on A&E’s Facebook page (bleeped):
A&E u guys should be ashame of yourself. The only *@#$ reality show that my family and I can watch with no cussing, &*$ shaking, morals, and teach there family and other what respect is. It is SUPPOSE to be a FREE COUNTRY but for CHRISTIANS people ITS NOT ANYMORE. Christian have to watch what they say but other people can say WHATEVER the HELL they want to say about Christians. REMEMBER JUDGEMENT DAY is coming soon and i don’t think you IDIOTS will be ready for what GOD have to say that day. I WILL NEVER WATCH A&E AGAIN. WILL be taking your WHACK $%# station off my satellite.