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Let’s put our allegiance in the right place

‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson fires up the crowd during a campaign event at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa on January 30, 2016. |

In the fall of 2013, it started innocently enough. A young writer from GQ magazine questioned me about my views on various topics. A quick look around my living room should have told him what I was talking about. Miss Kay’s Bible verses were hung on wooden boards and my well-worn Bible was held together with duct tape. It was evident. We read and believe in the Word of God. If God says so, we always go with what he says.

So when the journalist asked me my opinion on homosexuality, I didn’t really give my opinion. I just gave him the Bible. From memory, I quoted:

“Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who have sexual relations with men, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

That’s all there was to it. But he didn’t know that was the Scripture. In the journalist’s mind, I immediately became a New Age Neanderthal. When her story broke, within an hour I was in the national spotlight in a way I never anticipated. It was all over the news and on the internet.

A minister’s opinion on Fox News was something like, “What do you expect from a redneck living in the Louisiana swamps?” He is certainly not a theologian!

He also didn’t know that I had quoted a Bible verse. It would take at least two weeks before the media found out where my words were coming from.

I had also included verse 11 in my response to the reporter:

“And that’s what some of you were. But you have been washed, you have been sanctified, you have been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

I spent several hours showing the young man around my land, while sharing the gospel with him. I have gone to great lengths to share the message of Jesus and how all sin can be eradicated simply by putting our faith in Christ.

He wanted to “cancel” me, but I only wanted to introduce him to the one who could give him eternal life.

I was fired for quoting that bible verse. The price I paid for telling the truth about God’s will for mankind was $10 million. But I would start all over again. Jesus paid with his life for telling the truth. The only thing it cost me was a few dollars.

I don’t believe the term “cancel culture” was used at the time. At the time, we just thought the “thought police” were getting stronger. What is happening today is a much more powerful force.

Power brokers in academia, the media, politics and business have amassed an incredible amount of power to crush anyone who steps to the line.

We may not win the PR war by convincing the masses to like us (or even love us), but we can win the personal war – the real war – by not falling into the trap of strategies designed to intimidate us into submitting to the god of political correctness. .

Despite enormous pressure on me to take my words back, I didn’t. I couldn’t take it back even if I wanted to, because those weren’t my words at all. How could I apologize for quoting the Creator?

Following my experience of being the object of a desire to ‘cancel’ myself, I speak with authority on the goals and strategies of cancellation culture.

But my first authority comes from knowing the Word of God well. I know him and what he says not because I am smarter than average or because I have a special conduit to the Almighty, but because his truth is available to everyone, even members from the cancel culture crowd.

Our real problem in America is neither political nor religious, at least not in the sense that religion has come to mean allegiance to an institutional denomination. These are just symptoms of a much more serious disease.

Our real problem is spiritual, rooted in our nation’s alienation from the knowledge of God. Too many of us have abandoned the love of God. As Paul said in Romans, too many people have embraced the idea that knowing God is simply not worth it (1:18-32).

Accordingly, I have no hope that we can fix what is wrong by electing the right person to lead us. Yet I still have hope that God will lead our nation to bow down to Him again.

People looked left and right for someone to bring order to the chaos. They don’t consider there could be a third alternative, and it’s not in the middle. My belief, backed by scripture, is that the only man worthy of worship and praise is Jesus Christ.

We have to stop looking left and right. The extreme right and left are making the same mistake: they place their hope in human institutions and humanistic reasoning. Both are imperfect for the same reason: no God.

Instead, we need to look up. America’s greatest problem is not political but spiritual. If our problem is spiritual, then the solution must be spiritual as well.

I am an American patriot, but my true patriotism is with the only kingdom that can never be destroyed: the kingdom of the Son of God (Daniel 2:44).

I love America. But I stand, first and foremost, with the kingdom of God and no one, right or left, will ever shake me about it. I swear allegiance to the unshakeable realm – always.


Adapted from Uncancelled: Finding Meaning and Peace in a Culture of Accusation, Shame and Condemnation. Copyright © 2022 by Phil Robertson. Edited by Thomas Nelson. Available February 8, 2022 wherever books are sold.

Phil Robertson is a professional hunter who invented his own duck call and founded the successful Duck Commander Company. He also starred in the popular A&E television series, Duck Dynasty, and is now the host of the new subscription TV series In the woods with Phil on CRTV.com. He is a New York Times bestselling author of America’s soul flight, happy, happy, happy and No Philtre. He and his wife, Kay, live in West Monroe, Louisiana. He has five children, 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His latest book, Uncancelled: Finding Meaning and Peace in a Culture of Accusation, Shame and Condemnation, releases February 8, 2022 and will be available wherever the books are sold.

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