When news broke that NBA player Jason Collins was coming out the closet, some of our readers wondered why should that revelation make headline news. Besides the fact that Jason is the first, it’s still newsworthy because there are so many naysayers and hate-mongerers that create a hostile environment for players to be openly gay, which discourages them from loving whoever they choose freely. When someone like Jason takes a brave stand, it gives others courage to come out the closet as well, despite what criticism it may incite.

For example, just this morning, Jason announced he was coming out and already, an ESPN reporter held a conversation on air saying he doesn’t believe a gay man can be a Christian. During a one-hour episode of “Outside The Lines,” Chris Broussard said:

“Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly … like premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says ‘you know them by their fruits.’ It says that, you know, that’s a sin. And if you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality — adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals — whatever it may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. So I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.”

While he’s entitled to his opinion, it’s awful hypocritical to say a gay man can’t be a Christian, because homosexuality is a sin, while judging said gay man which is also a sin.

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What are your thoughts on his comments, Clutchettes?

  • Crystal Spraggins

    “I mean, present to me some solid proof that homosexuality does anything to hurt society as a whole.”

    Man, I swear I didn’t want to get pulled into this one, but … in defense of my brothers and sisters in Christ I must say, God has his standards of holiness. They are HIS standards, and he is God. He created the universe and everything in it. He gets to say how he feels about that. I get that you might not believe what I believe, and that’s fine. Truly. But this is what CHRISTIANS believe, and this is why we do what we do and say what we say (to answer your question), because we believe that we have been instructed by God to TELL OTHERS his truths. You may not like that this is what the bible instructs Christians to do or that many of us choose to follow that instruction, but so be it.

    “The only thing Christians who rigidly interpret the Bible can point to is that it hurts God’s feelings.”

    If you believed, as Christians do, that Jesus, fully God but still fully man, was tortured and crucified and spit on and ridiculed and bludgeoned so that YOU could have a relationship with God and not have to live a life dead in your sins (which you realize are many), then let me tell you, you’d know that hurting his feelings is not a trivial matter but a big damn deal. Again, you don’t have to believe it. But understand that this is what CHRISTIANS believe.

    Imagine your saying you don’t intend to give your Mom a card on Mother’s Day because it’s a dumb made up holiday, and what’s the big deal? Yeah, you know she loves Mother’s Day, and her feelings will be hurt a little, but so what?

    Not cool, right?

    This is the Christian stance to Christ. He’s our heavenly father, and we love him as such. So, of course we wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings. (We actually do hurt his feelings all the time, but that’s a post for another day.)

    Again, you’re entitled to think we’re all nuts. You wouldn’t be the first. But lacking in critical thinking skills? Nah.

  • Sayitlikeitis

    Hate the sinner not the sinner.
    For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…..
    ….should we continue to sin for grace to abound……
    …….For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;
    This is not being judgemental but it is taking a stand for your beliefs as a christian.
    Homosexuality is abominable to God.Fornication,adultery,premarital sex are equally abominable.

    What is right is right.Lets learn to speak the Truth that is the true word of God and not our twisted version of it.

  • The Commentator Speaks

    With all respect to gay people, I need to correct this misinformation “While he’s entitled to his opinion, it’s awful hypocritical to say a gay man can’t be a Christian, because homosexuality is a sin, while judging said gay man which is also a sin”. If Jason Collins has identified himself as a Christian, this is what the Bible has to say in 1 Corinthians 5 v 12 “What business is it of mine to judge those outside of the church? Are you not to judge those inside? (verse 13) God will judge those outside. ‘Expel the wicked man from among you’ ” (NIV). So Broussard is well within his rights as a fellow Christian to judge Jason. Except he wasn’t even judging. He was stating a Christian fact.

    ‘Openly’ he said. It’s important to highlight that as it’s the open disregard for God’s instruction regarding homosexual relationships that would classify Jason being in disobedience to God…if he is a Christian.

    He did not say all gay people. Because you can have gay Christians…yes…people who identify themselves as having the same-sex attraction, but do not act on it out of respect for what God has said about it in the Bible. People who don’t openly (or behind closed doors) live a homosexual lifestyle. These semantics are IMPORTANT.

    Please don’t turn this into a homophobia issue. It’s not that deep. Broussard was ASKED his opinion, and he gave it, and it was correct from a Biblical standpoint. Using awfully paraphrased and irrelevant scripture to express your dislike for his belief and counteract his Biblical reasonings is sloppy and inflames an already very delicate issue.

  • Dion

    In summarization, the Bible states that God created man and woman to become one! That’s true but the Bible also states that no man should judge anybody. In other words, its wrong but who are you to judge?! Let them live there lives…unless you want “in”!

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