You knew it would happen.
As soon as the news broke of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson’s controversial interview with GQ, you knew what the reaction would be.
No, I’m not talking about A&E suspending Robertson from his hit show.
I’m talking about the thousands of pastors across the country who started scrambling to rewrite their Sunday Morning Sermons.
I just have a feeling churches, especially across the southeast, are about to get an earful about what a reality television family’s religious stance means for our country and the church as a whole.
Pastors, may I ask one small request of you? Could you please pledge to avoid pop culture commentary from the pulpit?
No one has or will come out well from this. Not A&E, not The Robertsons, not GLAAD or the LBGT community, and not the church.
This whole argument is a distraction. It’s tempting to see this argument as a battle over our faith, But this is exactly the type of argument Jesus scoffed at. This is the type of no-win conversation Jesus was constantly trying to get roped into by the pharisees and religious leaders of His time.
How did Jesus respond? He told his questioners to love God and love others. He told them to leave everything behind and follow them. He told them to stop arguing about the small stuff and start loving and serving their fellow man.
The temptation will be always be present to address pop culture and politics from the front of the church. Pastors feel obligated to talk to about goings on in the world. Many in the congregation will feel like their pastor is not doing their job if they don’t talk about the top news stories.
Look, I may sound like a hypocrite here. After all, I’ve devoted my entire blog to writing about the connection between pop culture and our always present God. And I’ve fallen into the trap of taking sides in front of the church in the past myself.
I think there’s a time and a place to discuss cultural controversies. But I don’t think it’s necessarily the church’s job to defend reality stars on Sunday mornings.
This Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent. The Candle of Love will be lit on Advent Wreaths across the world.
Let’s not forget that. Let’s not get distracted by the controversies, the commercialism, the temptations of our lives. Let’s not rewrite Christmas messages in the wake of a temporary controversy.
Let’s not get lost on the way to Bethlehem. Let’s remember to celebrate and proclaim the love of Christmas this Sunday. Let’s rejoice in a love that covers over all offered to us by our newborn King and invite all comers into our family.
Let’s not forget what Christmas is all about.
Ahem. Lights please:
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