Phil Robertson: A Modern John the Baptist?
Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, has been known to stir up a pot of trouble from time to time. Robertson is outspoken on his views, especially those that reflect his personal beliefs.
Back in January, Robertson caught all kinds of public flack for his statements in an interview with GQ where he held court on his views about homosexuals.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
In the uproar that followed, America took sides. Robertson was suspended from his own show, but was reinstated within the month.
Now Phil Robertson’s son, Alan Robertson, a minister himself,–and the only unbearded one of the clan–recently compared Phil to another live-off-the-land muckraker from the Bible.
“[H]ow many people make their way out just to talk to my dad about the good news of Jesus Christ? And so he was a lot like John the Baptist. He is that guy … Now I’m often reminded when I tell people John the Baptist that he also lost his head, for speaking the truth, right? In a culture that really wasn’t prepared to hear truth,” said Robertson. “And yet, you know what, that doesn’t change my dad’s view at all. Prophets tend to not care about their public image, they tend to talk about judgment as if it’s real, and they speak what God gives them to speak. And that’s what my dad does.”
John the Baptist, best known for his role in the Bible in baptizing Jesus, was also known as a man who spoke out about the corruption of those in power in his day. According to the Biblical narrative, John made one too many incendiary statements about Herod the King and ended up in prison. Some time later, Herod had John beheaded on a request from his wife via their daughter.
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