If you think there can't be continued success on another network, you know nothing about the Robertson brand and empire.—
Wise Man Phil (@WiseManPhil) December 22, 2013
-Tweeted from a Robertson parody account, with 340K+ followers.
Since when are we supposed to create our own empires?
You’ve heard quite a lot about Phil lately, so I’m not going to talk about him. I’m not going to preface this with a short explanation, because you probably know what happened.
I’m not going to say that I support him. I don’t. I’m not going to say that I hate him. I don’t.
I am going to say that this is not a free speech issue. You can say whatever you want in America. But you can get in trouble for what you say. (Like these 16 people did.)
Instead of all that, I’m going to offer you some things I found in an old book. It’s a book I love to read pretty often. It’s a book that sometimes makes you feel bad about yourself, but it also makes you want to change.
I’m pretty sure you know which book I’m talking about.
I’m offering the following quotes from it to Phil and his family. I’m offering them to Christians who are supporting him. And I’m offering them to myself. Because one of the greatest problems with us Christians today is that we look in the mirror, then go our own way, and straightway forget what we saw there.
We read the Bible, make our own judgments, and straightway forget what Jesus said.
So let this be a reminder. Please follow along. You’re not following me. But if you profess him, you are following Christ.
These are from the gospel of Matthew, chapter 23, and the book of James, Christ’s brother.
“Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
“But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”
(Note from Matthew 27: “Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?’ And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so the governor was quite amazed.’)
“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.”
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
“And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”
What are your thoughts on the Robertson family? Do you feel that the Robertsons are good examples of what we should be? If not, what is your advice? How can we work together to build again the bridges that we have broken?