Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pretending to Love Jason Collins

Pretending to Love Jason Collins
            I suppose Monday, April 29, 2013 will go down in history as a great day for America.  Jason Collins came out of the closet to announce to the world that he is homosexual.   He has been depicted as a "hero", a "trailblazer" and as "our Jackie Robinson".  Kobe Bryant was one of the first to congratulate Jason for his courage.  Michele Obama was quick to announce her support for Jason:   "So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We've got your back!" 

            Bill Clinton couldn't help bloviating on the controversial topic declaring that Collins' announcement was “an important moment for professional sports and in the history of the LGBT community.”  In case you may have forgotten, this is the same president who signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 while he carried on a secret affair with Monica Lewinsky.  It was also Bill Clinton who signed the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy which stated that an openly gay, lesbian or bisexual service member would of necessity be discharged from the military.

            Chelsea Clinton, a former classmate of Collins at Stanford University, tweeted her support:  "I am very proud of my friend Jason Collins for having the strength & courage to be the first openly gay player in the NBA”.  Chelsea claims credit for helping her father finally 'evolve to the truth' about homosexuality.

            Unfortunately Bill Clinton represents the culture of America.  What was once condemned as wrong is now not only tolerated, it is enthusiastically accepted.  It is now 'cool' to be gay.  Were we wrong then and now we are right or were we right then and now we are wrong?  Human nature does not evolve toward the truth, rather it leans toward sin.  The Apostle Paul described his natural struggle with sin in his letter to the Romans.  (Romans 7:23-25)

            Not to be outdone by the Clintons, Barack Obama weighed in on the matter through White House Spokesman Jay Carney:  " We view that (Collins announcement)  as another example of the progress that has been made and the evolution that has been taking place in this country and commend him for his courage and support him."  I am reminded of another call Obama made to Sandra Fluker to support her as she clamored for free contraceptives.  I also remember a call to the Occupy group who camped out on Wall Street to encourage their rebellion.  I remember a "beer summit" in support of Harvard Professor Henry Gates who made unfounded accusations of racism against a Cambridge police officer.

            Please wait while I pause….still pausing….thinking….trying to remember.  I can't remember any calls to injured American servicemen.  I do remember a vague empty promise to get to the bottom of the Benghazi incident.  It certainly seems we have a president who is more than eager to lend his support to divisive issues but feels little motivation to create patriotism and loyalty to the country he serves.

            I know I'm going to get slam-dunked for what I am about to write.  It always happens when I express my opinion on this issue.  I don't know Jason Collins personally.  It seems I would like him if I did know him.  Are those supporters of Jason Collins really expressing love for a friend?  Among those of us in Christian circles we like to refer to it as 'tough love'.  It is the determination to defend truth even in situations where it generates pain.  Someone needs to tell Jason Collins the truth about homosexuality, not because they hate him but because they love him.

            While nearly everyone will commend Collins for his courage to declare himself a homosexual, few will commend ESPN's Chris Broussard for having the courage to tell the truth.  Who is a real friend of Jason Collins?  Is it Bill or Chelsea Clinton?  Is it Barack or Michele Obama?  They are jumping on the band wagon for political exposure.  They are like parasites leaching off of every individual who has found their way into the national spotlight.  Jason, your real friend is Chris Broussard.  (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/nba-reporter-calls-homosexuality-a-sin-on-tv)

            The sports analyst expressed his opinion of ESPN's "Outside the Lines." "I'm a Christian. I don't agree with homosexuality," Broussard said. "I think it's a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is. If you're openly living in unrepentant sin ... that's walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ," he added. 

            Please wait while I applaud….clapping hands…feeling proud…stilling applauding the courage of Chris Broussard.

            Earl Fowlkes is the president and CEO of the Center for Black Equity, a group that supports black individuals who are gay, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered.  He made a ludicrous attempt to compare Jason Collins with Jackie Robinson.  "…he will be a little, miniature Jackie Robinson."  The attempt of the homosexuals to hijack the Civil Rights Movement is outrageous.  Martin Luther King fought for rights that were being denied those who belonged to a race characterized by skin color.  Our race is predetermined before birth.

            There is no scientific evidence that people are born gay.  Sexual orientation is not written in our DNA, it is more about how we define ourselves.  (http://www.citizenlink.com/2010/06/14/are-people-really-born-gay/)  Ironically, Jason Collin's has a twin brother who revealed that he was shocked when he learned his brother was gay.  With no evidence to support a genetic cause, we have descended to the level of granting rights for certain behaviors.  As you can only imagine, opening this Pandora's Box will only lead to more confusion and controversy.

            Chris Broussard is the lone voice crying in the wilderness.  Homosexual behavior is a sin that distresses the heart of a holy God.  If a holy God is to remain holy he must one day administer justice for the sin of homosexuality.  Broussard added more truth to the issue.  He declared that all sex outside of marriage is sinful in the eyes of God.  As Christians, we love Jason Collins. We love him enough to tell him the truth.   We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)  Christians to whom forgiveness has been granted through the Savior, Jesus Christ, want to share this good news with whoever is willing to believe.


Kevin Probst - Teaches History and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus, Georgia.

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