“I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying, either convert them or kill them. One or the other.” – Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty.
Ouch. That’s pretty harsh coming from someone who professes to be a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. I have to be honest. I never did get into the Duck Dynasty hype. I tried watching the show twice, and couldn’t make it through more than ten minutes. For me, it was the typical, silly, scripted, ridiculous reality TV mess that millions of people around the globe live for. I’m not saying it’s wrong to watch reality TV. That is just my own personal opinion on the genre.
From what I hear, at the end of every episode, the entire family sits around the dinner table, and they give thanks for the food. They pray. I have no idea if they talk about the Gospel, Jesus, or salvation at any point during each show. I hope they do since they have such a huge following.
As with everything else I hear from well known people these days, I would much rather stick to the words penned in red that I find in my Bible. Matthew 5 says:
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
Most of this chapter in Matthew is you have heard it said, but I say examples. I mentioned before that Jesus was comparing the old way of thinking, man’s way, with God’s way. The Bible talks about renewing our minds. This latest statement from the Duck Commander is why. “Convert them or kill them” is total human reasoning. It’s the way that seems right to a man. To say that it’s near impossible for someone to convert and decide to follow Jesus, is to put a limit on what God can do.
This got me thinking a lot about Matthew 5. Why do we lock our doors? Why do we have guns for protection? It’s all about self-preservation. Here’s something Jesus also said in Matthew 16:
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
We were born into sin. The self mindset was already embedded into our DNA. If we don’t become born again, and allow ourselves to be re-coded, we will always have our self interest at heart.
That completely goes against everything Jesus taught and modeled for us. We have to die to something we were never created to be.
This is something most people don’t like to talk about. It means giving up, well, everything. Giving it all to Him. Crawling up onto that altar and becoming a living sacrifice. It’s not something we hear a lot in church on Sunday mornings. But, it’s the Gospel.
“Worship is for us, not God.” “Convert them or kill them.” It’s frightening how many people don’t see the lies in these statements. There is no truth whatsoever. And these are words from very popular “Christians” in our society. Being a celebrity and quoting scripture doesn’t make you a Christian. It doesn’t make you right. Satan quoted scripture.
I encourage you to open your Bibles and read. Study the life of Christ and ask yourself if you’re following in His footsteps. We’re on this earth to manifest God’s image. The image He created us in.
If Jesus wouldn’t say or do something, then why would we?