Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

Phil Phil Phil – Think Think Think

Think is also an acronym. Before speaking one should think, is it Truthful, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind.

Friedrich von Hayek, in is his address to the founding members of the Mont Pelerin Society had a Phil moment. Or maybe it’s more chronologically correct to say that Phil had a Fred moment. Either way, a Biblical message that was truthful and necessary was said. And in both cases helpful to those who allowed themselves to be inspired rather than offended.

Friedrich von Hayek essentially paraphrased Isaiah 1:1-20 were God instructs Isaiah the prophet regarding his call to action and the consequences. Hayek’s paraphrased words of God’s instruction to Isaiah, “Tell what is wrong and why, and what is going to happen unless they have a change of heart and straighten up. Don’t mince matters. Make it clear that they are positively down to their last chance. Give it to them. I suppose I ought to tell you that it won’t do any good. The official class and intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you, and the masses will not listen and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life.” When Isaiah protested and asked why the futile mission, God continued, “You do not get the point. There is a Remnant that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, and inarticulate. They need to be encouraged, because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society, and meanwhile your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it.”

The validity of an admonition depends totally on the basis of the reprimand. Phil Robertson’s primary source is the Bible, which is an acronym for – Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. One can debate Phil’s delivery but believers of the Bible can’t easily debate his response to a question. It’s important to note that Phil was very careful to point out that he wasn’t calling any particularly class of people sinners, but made an incomplete list of sins, some of which we’re all guilty. Bible believers who would criticize Phil’s delivery may wish to read Isaiah’s prophecy. Phil’s version was Kind.

One Response to Phil Phil Phil – Think Think Think

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