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For those of you non-sports fans, Tim Tebow was released yesterday and NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay. I’ll save the Tebow trouble for another day.
Collins is the first active professional men’s athlete in the States to come out of the closet before his playing days were over, and he has been widely praised for his heroism and standing up for the gay community.
But then some crazy fundamentalist went and started spewing hate speech on Fox News. He said that he despised Collins and wished America would just get rid of all the gays.
Oops, that’s not what happened at all. An ESPN NBA commentator shared his views about where homosexuality fits with Christianity on a show designed to discuss topics about sports and athletes not directly tied to the score of the game. It’s called Outside the Lines, and its designed for discussions just like this. Check out the video here http://tinyurl.com/boeu8vp .
Broussard shared a gentle but firm Christian stance calling homosexual sex sin, just like any other form of sex outside of a one man-one woman marriage. He then went on to say that anyone who would continue in any lifestyle of sex outside of marriage would be living in open rebellion to God. By their fruits you will know them, and anyone displaying these fruits is showing that they are not a Christian. Is this any more intolerant than what our Savior said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”? “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.“And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
All in all, Broussard said that anyone who is living a homosexual lifestyle or any other lifestyle that encourages sex outside of marriage is showing that they are not a Christian. Nothing groundbreaking, but certainly not anything that should be said on TV. People are even wondering if the guy should be fired for this outlandish talk.
Broussard is getting killed in the media, and ESPN issued a short apology for his statements. Check this out on Yahoo! Sports. They have shown very clearly that there is plenty of room for tolerance on “alternative lifestyles” but not on biblical Christianity. The media in general has applauded a man for openly declaring his sin and shunned another for saying that to be a Christian the sinner would have to repent.
Sinners need to repent?!? I guess that’s the real problem. Anything is acceptable until it gets to that. But here’s the good news for me, Jason Collins, and every other sinner out there: “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” God is in the business of saving sinners. I’m so glad He saved me – who do we all know that needs this salvation?