Jason Collins, a free agent with the National Basketball Association (NBA), stunned not only the basketball world but America recently by becoming the first professional athlete in a major sport to admit that he was gay this past Monday. From the story in Sports Illustrated, Jason was quoted as saying, “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation.” His announcement was welcomed gladly by many. From NBA League Commissioner David Stern to Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and from former White House President Bill Clinton to corporate representatives with Nike, all admired Jason’s “courage” and “leadership” on this issue. He was congratulated for such a thing and was even compared to Jackie Robinson who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Mr. Collins “coming out the closet” is not what shocked me, what was unsettling is the aforementioned responses that approve of the very practices that separate men from God forever if they don’t turn from them.
TOLERANT CULTURE & PROFESSIONAL SPORTS
For me and assuming many others, fathoming that a professional sport like the NBA endorsing homosexuality would seem to be a foreign idea. Needless to say we live in a time period in our world today in which politicians, Hollywood, and now athletes (whether directly or indirectly) promote and support the idea that homosexuality is a normal lifestyle.
What was once a taboo thing in culture has now become increasingly the norm as the age of “tolerance” and “equal rights” says that such a lifestyle is okay and that being different is what really matters.
- “I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”- Jason Collins, NBA Player
It’s difficult to judge whether more undercover homosexuals are coming out of the closet, the number of heterosexuals are choosing homosexual lifestyles are increasing, or both. Regardless, it’s quite apparent that homosexuality is becoming the norm for our culture and it will be championed and embraced by the masses as we have already seen.
- “Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue”- David Stern, NBA League Commissioner
- “We congratulate Jason for having the courage to ‘raise his hand,’ as he wrote in his story, and start the conversation.”- NBA Players Association
- “Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support “- Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers guard via Twitter
- “It is also the straightforward statement of a good man who wants no more than what so many of us seek: to be able to be who we are; to do our work; to build families and to contribute to our communities.”- Bill Clinton, former U.S. President
As homosexuality is now being seen as a good thing before the eyes of the masses, any dissenters or those who oppose such a lifestyle will be labeled as fundamentalist homophobic bigots who are narrow-minded in their view and don’t love but actually hate people. To that I say, before you label me or any other person who is against such practices as an unloving “homophobic” know that there is a standard according to God’s word that is against any type of behavior and lifestyle that engages in sex outside of a heterosexual marriage which includes players who run around sleeping with different women.
The fact that fornication between a man and a woman has been accepted in our culture and has become a form of our entertainment and pleasure, whether Hollywood movies, TV sitcoms, or porn, just goes to show you how debased our minds in America have become. It’s not that we are “strong” or “tolerant” but rather illustrates that we are desensitized to such things because many remember decades ago when fornication and adultery was unacceptable.
“Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” Romans 1:32 (ESV)
So what am I saying here? For starters being gay in professional sports does not equate to poor play because the sin of sexual immorality is not indicative of talent, which is evident by the players in the NBA who sleep around yet could drop 30 points on any given night. And secondly, as our culture promotes and supports this, particularly in the area of professional sports, expect those who come out of the closet to be praised as heroes while others take the same “courageous” step in following. But lastly know that the Christian standard according to the infallible word of the one true God does not change based on society’s ever changing standards.
JESUS AND THE GOSPEL
The truth is that regardless of what you or I say, we all will have to give an account before the God of the universe about this life and what we did with it. That includes me or anyone who lives a lifestyle that is against God’s will. It is my prayer not to condemn anyone who lives in sin by writing them off from ever seeing the grace of our glorious Savior Jesus Christ because absolutely no sexual sin whether fornication, adultery, or homosexuality is too messy for him to deal with; since he died in order to set men free from these things.
I hope that no one receives from this article that I am trying to declare myself better than anyone else, because I am not. Similar to Jason Collins or any other person on this earth, the sins that I commit every day in my life deserve the full wrath of God. But it is only by the grace of God that appeared to me through the gospel of Jesus Christ, which I received when I repented of my sin and turned to Jesus, which allows me to be forgiven and become blameless in the eyes of God. My prayers and hope is that we will stop living our lives by the ever changing opinions of men and begin living them by the eternal words of God.
Check out his interview with ABC here: