Guest Columnist: Tobias LaGrone - Why an African–American conservative Democrat agrees with Phil Robertson
It is baffling to me how we have arrived at this juncture in our country, when a person of faith is harassed for stating what he or she believes regarding the Bible and Christianity. Now don’t misinterpret me, I am not buying the whole cow that Phil Robertson is selling in his G.Q. interview, but the milk from the cow hits the nail right on the head. Let’s examine Robertson’s words from the G.Q. article:
Interviewer: What, in your mind, is sinful?
Robertson: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
As a tolerate, born-again, First Amendment believing Christian, I find nothing wrong with Robertson’s statement. He is quoting First Corinthians 6:9, this is what we believe as Christians. Robertson is standing by the convictions that every born-again believer vowed to adhere to when we walked down the isle of the church and confessed before other witnesses that “I am a sinner and I have come to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, and to the best of my ability I will live my life according the Word of God as recorded in the Scriptures of the Holy Bible.”
Why am I called homophobic when I choose to verbalize my Christian convictions? I do not steal, I do not kill, I do not lie, etc., not because of legal ramifications, but I refrain from these destructive behaviors because the Bible informs me that these “sins” and the many other “thou shalt not” displeases God and are destructive to myself and my neighbor.
All of us are sinners and this is the problem I have with the bombastic actions of a gay movement that pronounces that homosexuality should not be viewed as sin; you are requesting special status and privilege among the ranks of Christianity that is not afforded to any other person who confesses to be a Christian. You are asking not to be viewed as a sinner, when the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is the pivotal “sin removing act” that redeems all of us from our sins, those sins we have overcome and those sins we are still struggling with. If we abandon the theological dogma of sin, then the Bible becomes nullified and the Christian faith becomes more of a lifestyle choice and not a necessity that saves us from the wrath of God that is coming to judge the world for all unrepented sin.
If there is no confession of sin, then there can be no forgiveness of sin; from a theological purview, sin does not send us to Hell, unrepented sin is what jeopardizes our immortal soul. Jesus Christ proclaimed in Matthew 4:17 (NKJV): From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” “Repentance (metanoia, ‘change of mind’) involves a turning with contrition from sin to God; the repentant sinner is in the proper condition to accept the divine forgiveness.” (F.F. Bruce. “The Acts of the Apostles” [Greek Text Commentary], London: Tyndale, 1952, p. 97.)
The Rev. Dr. Tobias LaGrone is an advocate for religious freedom, civil rights, and human rights. He holds accredited degrees in political science, theology and pastoral care and counseling.He serves as a political consultant for Democratic, Republican, and nonpartisan officeholders. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.