On Phil Robertson’s Suspension: So It Begins
by Tom Gilson
My initial response to Phil Robertson’s suspension by A&E is best expressed by Theoden, at the beginning of the battle of Helm’s Deep, in The Two Towers, Lord of the Rings Trilogy. They, too, were fighting to defend their families against powerful aggressors.
It’s not that Robertson’s suspension is the turning point, as that moment in The Two Towers was. It’s not as if all was quiet and expectant earlier this afternoon, and now A&E has sounded the first bugle for the first assault across the bridge. My sense of “and so it begins” has been building over the past few years. It’s been growing at a faster pace recently, as the government has (for example) now made it a matter of legal requirement that bakers bake cakes for gay “wedding” celebrations.
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The “it” that I sense beginning (accelerating, actually) now is not some new culture war. It is the culturally- and legally-mandated suppression of Christian religious liberty, with people losing jobs and being faced with fines and jail time for their beliefs.
There may never be one clearly identifiable turning point in our defense of biblical truth against the pressure exerted by advocates of unbridled sexual expression. More likely it will remain more a matter of challenges increasing over time. Still this is a significant symbolic moment; a very sobering moment. The battle just intensified…