In a recent interview with CNS News, Jase Robertson spoke freely about the disrespectful way that GQ Magazine's Drew Magary approached the infamous interview with his father Phil in December of 2013. In his newly released book, "Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl,"Jase mentions that he and several others in the family walked out of the interview because Magary was so disrespectful toward them.
Phil Robertson's comments in GQ Magazine are infamous; what is less commonly known, however, is that Magary seemed to target the patriarch with several controversial questions and chose to omit some of the more gracious responses that he had given.
"We had done so many interviews before, and I'd never sensed any kind of animosity toward our faith in God and belief," Jase recounts. From the very first question in the interview, GQ's Drew Magary seemed to harbor animosity toward the family's Christian faith. He opened by mocking Jase and Missy's decision to abstain from sex until marriage, and proceeded to use a plethora of curse words as a guest in the Robertson home.
"When you come into somebody's house, you show a certain amount of respect. And it occurred to me that he knew we were people of faith," Jase says - "He was making fun of some of the things that we hold true."
Jase was in disbelief over how Magary was behaving as a guest in their home, and eventually walked out of the interview and suggested to his father Phil that he do the same. "As it went on, I realized that it felt more like an attack ... a spiritual war," he says - "The questions were only about controversial things."
In his Easter sermon to White's Ferry Road Church of Christ, Phil explained that Magary only reported part of what he had told him that day. "I gave him the rest of the story ... I gave him the bad news, and then I gave him the Good News," Phil says.
After asking Phil what he thought about homosexuality, Magary quoted part of the Robertson family patriarch's response, "Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God" (English Standard Version, 1 Corinthians 6:9b-10).
"The Apostle Paul then said that 'That's what some of you were' - I was in that camp," Phil said of his own testimony - "That list of sins covered me in my past life ... We've all been there."
Phil proceeded to share the Good News of Christ with Magary - that Jesus came to erase our sin by paying our debt Himself on the cross so that all who receive Him will be reconciled to God and have everlasting, joyful life. Magary chose to leave Phil's explanation of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ out of the interview, however.
Even though Jase believes Magary was probably planning to cause some trouble from the start, he says that the Robertson family does not hold a grudge against him.