There is a reason why it is called the Bible Belt. During and just after the War for Southern Independence, a great revival swept the south. Thousands of tiny community churches were built. All day singings and revival meetings were common, especially in the summer months. Every family had a Bible with a register between the old and new testaments where family events such as wedding, births and deaths were recorded. All children were urged to memorize favorite verses of scripture.
Most people devoted to the Bible believed that every word in it was true. They were taught this from infancy. The Bible was the infallible word of God.
My great grandfather, William David Argo, was among those people devoted to the Bible. He believed that it had to be followed in every respect. The Bible said that we were to have no “graven images.” And he would allow no exceptions. Therefore, he refused to be photographed because he considered photographs to be graven images. The only picture we have of him was made by a family member who slipped around the side of the house and snapped a picture of him sitting on his front porch with his old, well used Bible propped on his knees.
Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty would have been right at home on grandfather’s porch. I can picture them sitting there reading scripture to each other as they discussed exactly what each verse meant.
When my parents wed on April 1, 1939, they agreed to each name something they had to have to start life together. Mother selected a family Bible. Father chose a used single shot 12-gauge shotgun. Mother used her Bible to record family events. Dad used his shotgun to help put food on our table. So the liberal ridicule of rural families with their Bibles and shotguns painted a clear image of my family and the families of most of our neighbors.
So it should come as no surprise that Phil Robertson would quote scripture listing “effeminates” among those who would never enter the Kingdom of God. First Corinthians Chapter six, verses nine and ten say so clearly. Grandfather Argo would have said the same thing.
Whether our ancestors interpreted the Bible correctly is not the question here. That is what they believed. What matters is the damage such attacks on their beliefs have on the Second Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion. The Constitution does not guarantee that our beliefs are accurate, only that we have the right to hold whatever beliefs we choose. Just as it guarantees the rights of those who believe otherwise.
Let people believe what they will. If you disagree, simply change the channel.
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His e-mail address is email@example.com. His website can be accessed at http://www.frankgillispie.com/gillispieonline.
01/06/14 at 08:29 PM
Frank I agree. I watch Duck Dynasty every week and have written the scriptures down that Phil Robertson recites and I have gone back and checked them and what he says comes out of the Bible? SO if they have a problem with what Phil Robertson says their problem ain't with Phil their problem is with God SO they need to go talk to God and try to get him to change HIS mind? BUT he hasn't changed in over 2000 years and I don't think he will? And I can't see how and why people question the Bible BUT won't question the history books? I don't know if it's because if they question it they think ongue have an excuse? AND they think if they read part of it and don't believe it that it's not true? Here's a little insight? IF God said it it don't matter if you or I believe it? It means just what God said?
The good thing e Bible is where it says that ONE day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. AND I don't care how big of a God hater they are EVERYONE will bow down to God and they will beg him to let them into Heaven BUT he will say DEPART FROM ME I NEVER KNEW YOU.