I think you need someone with a little more wordpress knowledge to see your files, as it’s not really clear what you have done. For example, why have you created a template for home rather than just front-page.php? That points to maybe a few things not being set up correctly, so maybe it’s not a PHP issue but not quite knowing wordpress enough perhaps?
> By the way I also said “I just wanted to add a Custom meta box that has a drop down to display a specific video as “Featured”.” which pretty much explains what the point of my post was.
But you’ve posted template code which isn’t necessary, so it’s not really clear how you’ve set up your base site, hence my confusion at the moment. Would probably become clear when looking at the files, but not at the moment. Sorry.
Maybe a link to the site, a zip file of the theme files…?