ChristianPost.com has the story…
After removing select ‘Duck Dynasty’ products from their stores out of concern the products might offend some customers Friday, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store backtracked and returned the products to their stores Sunday after Christians peppered them with protest and threats of a boycott.
“When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we’ve done,” noted the company in a post on its Facebook page Sunday.
“You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong. We listened,” the company continued then announced that Duck Dynasty products will be returned to its stores while apologizing for offending the shows conservative fans.
“Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores. And, we apologize for offending you. We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different. We sincerely hope you will continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family,” ended the post.
Some Christians reacted by applauding the company for admitting the error in their judgement.
“I don’t give a rip about Duck Dynasty, but I am definitely impressed by a corporation that can simply admit a mistake. Very refreshing. If only our president could follow your example,” wrote Dean Dyer.
“Thank You Cracker Barrel Glad to see ya listen to your customers & care about their feelings. It’s a shame more business don’t do this,” wrote Delores Storms.
Others like Patti Linker, however, said the company opened up a can of worms that makes it difficult to see the company in the same light.
“Cracker Barrel. Was it the almighty dollar that changed your mind? Because now that you opened this can of worms, most Christians want to know exactly where you stand on the issue of homosexuality,” wrote Linker.
“You really should not have done anything to begin with and you wouldn’t be in this mess. I truly enjoy shopping and eating in your store, but will probably not be back. I don’t really respect corporate fence riders. You either believe something or you don’t, and we didn’t really feel it was our personal business to know those beliefs until you brought it [to] the forefront. I think you have just made your business a wee bit smaller,” she ended.
The man who caused Christians to stand up on their hind legs and show their support for him was busy, yesterday. He was leading a small Bible study group in his home town church in West Monroe, Louisiana.
According to the London Daily Mail, Commander Phil said…
…I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a hater
…I didn’t think much of it at all, but it seems a lot of other people did.
At the end of the less, Commander Phil prayed…
…‘I will not give or back off from my path because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions.’
Earlier he stood in front of the small class, at White’s Ferry Road Church wearing his full camouflage suit and addressed the group for around 45 minutes.
He said: ‘I have been immoral, drunk, high. I ran with the wicked people for 28 years and I have run with the Jesus people since and the contrast is astounding.
‘I tell people, “You are a sinner, we all are. Do you want to hear my story before I give you the bottom line on your story?”
‘We murder each other and we steal from one another, sex and immorality goes ballistic. All the diseases that just so happen to follow sexual mischief… boy there are some microbes running around now.
‘Sexual sins are numerous and many, I have a few myself. So what is your safest course of action? If you’re a man, find yourself a woman, marry them and keep your sex right there.
‘You can have fun, but one thing is for sure, as long as you are both healthy in the first place, you are not going to catch some debilitating illness, there is safety there.
‘Commonsense says we are not going to procreate the human race unless we have a man and a woman. From the beginning Jesus said, “It is a man and a woman.” Adam was made and Eve was made for this reason. They left their fathers and mothers and be united to become one flesh, that’s what marriage is all about.
‘But we looked at it and said it was an outdated stereotype. When you look back at the human race, the sins have always been the same: We get high, we get drunk, we get laid, we steal and kill.
‘Has this changed at all from the time God burnt up whole cities because their every thought was evil?’
Then reading from the Bible he said, ‘The acts of the sinful nature are obvious. Sexual immorality, is number one on the list. How many ways can we sin sexually? My goodness. You open up that can of worms and people will be mad at you over it.
‘I am just reading what was written over 2000 years ago. Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom. All I did was quote from the scriptures, but they just didn’t know it. Whether I said it, or they read it, what’s the difference? The sins are the same, humans haven’t changed.
‘If you give them the bad news, they’ll start kicking and screaming. But you love them more than you fear them, so you tell them.
‘A lot of times they don’t even wait for you to finish and say, ‘But there’s a way out, do you want to hear the rest of the story or what?
‘Jesus will take sins away, if you’re a homosexual he’ll take it away, if you’re an adulterer, if you’re a liar, what’s the difference? If you break one sin you may as well break them all.
‘If we lose our morality, we will lose our country. It will happen. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all walk around without stealing from each other and killing each other?
‘Why don’t we just love each other enough that we wouldn’t want to do these things to each other?’
“Duck Commander” Phil Robertson awakened a sleeping giant. Just when Christian Americans were beginning to believe that the Liberal Pundits and the Liberal Beltway Power Brokers represented theMajority Moral/Political Viewpoint in this country, we found out that we were mistaken. Conservative American Christians are still living and thriving in America’s Heartland, regardless of what those who control the Main Street Media…and the White House…will tell you.
If you don’t believe me, ask Cracker Barrel. They found out the hard way.
On a more serious note, we have all heard the old maxim, “Faith can move mountains”.
Well, in the case of Commander Phil Robertson, one man’s faith has moved a nation.
Until He Comes,