Ah, Duck Dynasty.
I'm going to end my over-five-month hiatus on this blog with my opinion.
I like Duck Dynasty. I think it's funny, honest, & I love seeing the family praying at the end of every show. In the world of reality-dominated television, it's refreshing to see Christian people. It's refreshing to see these dudes (& gals) going about their redneckery (yes, I said it) in a way that makes me giggle.
I like that they've all been married for ages & they're quick to point out their flaws & also willing to be silly. I love how Ms. Kay puts up with Phil & has done so for fifty something years.
I hate most shows on tv these days. We don't watch much aside from Disney Jr. & random stuff like Gold Rush & Ghost Mine. I don't like where our country is headed, how everyone is afraid to say what they think & everything they do say gets taken in, chewed up, changed completely, swallowed, then regurgitated to be something even MORE different, then spit up.
I hate that someone like Phil from Duck Dynasty says what HE THINKS & the world goes crazy. Who cares what he thinks? It's HIS opinion, not yours. So A&E pulls the plug because they don't want to show a show of a Christian man with his beliefs. Yet an Atheist can complain about Christmas decorations & everyone will be quick to take them down.
Anyone that knows me, even a little, knows that I am a Christian. In the last 4 years & some change I've come to have an amazing, very personal relationship with Jesus. I have friends that are Atheists & I still love them regardless of their beliefs.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I am an AVID supporter of gay people.
It may not make sense to Christians OR Atheists, but it makes sense to me.
You see, one of my very best friends is gay. She is an AMAZING woman. In my heart I know that it's not some "condition" or a "choice." I know it has nothing to do with how she was raised (in a loving, supportive home where her two sisters are straight). I know it doesn't make sense to some. But in my heart of hearts, I KNOW that my God wouldn't create this amazing person to condemn her later for her lifestyle. & that's my opnion. I believe that her & her partner may very well see God's Glory & his home one day.
Knowing her has completely changed my outlook on the gay/lesbian community. I knew her before I started my journey with Christ so my love for her has stuck throughout my love for Christ. I guess I'm one of those crazy Christians that loves everyone. I pray for our President even though I almost never agree with anything he's done. I pray for our country & our leaders & the things that affect all of us. I pray for the people that are victims of crimes. I don't agree with gun control in the way it's being done. I'm a gun toting, America loving girl. & I'm proud of it. I almost never comment on people's posts about these things because half the time, I think it's pointless. People aren't going to change their opinion & everyone is now of the opinion that THEY are right. They won't listen to other opinions because they don't want to see the other side. Some see our country in a downward spiral, some think it's on its way up. Very few actually want to do something about it.
Sure, some will have a problem with my opnion. I know what the bible says about it, but I don't agree. It doesn't change my love for God or my opnion on the bible or my thoughts on the rest of the bible. & if they don't agree, it's ok. I'll still love the people that do OR don't.
All these Christians are posting all over Facebook about how they're siding with Phil, banning A&E, & causing an uproar about how what he said was right. Well, it was right for him, I assume. & while I've not seen too many posts about how they think he's the bad guy (I guess most of my friends are redneck Christians, lol), I'm sure there are plenty.
But is this the way of the Christian? What ever happened to "hate the sin, not the sinner?" What ever happened to loving EVERYONE? Isn't our job as a so-called Christian to be like Jesus? You're not doing a very good job if you're talking bad about everyone involved.
In this holiday season, wouldn't it be better to just put the crap aside? Do something for someone less fortunate. Take the opportunity to shut your mouth & listen. Be thankful for the family you've got, the friends you're lucky enough to have. Pay attention to things. Be the bigger person. Apologize first. Don't be selfish.
& for once, GET OVER YOURSELF. Love people, regardless of their opinion. The beauty of being human is that we get to have opnions. Right or wrong. Just accept it.
& don't get offended when someone says, "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Kwanza" or "Happy Holidays."
Just love for once.