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Sports and Homosexuality (A Christian View)

It was bound to happen, an athlete was bound to “come out” and announce they were gay.  While this has happened in women’s sports such as the WNBA (which no one watches), it had not happened in a major men’s sport.  Now Jason Collins has “come out” as an openly gay NBA player.  Collins is a backup and so while his story will make waves a while on the major sports venues such as ESPN or Fox Sports, it will die out because Collins is not a star.  Now if Lebron James or Kobe Bryant came out as gay, that would make huge news.

My thoughts flow of course from my love for Christ and a biblical worldview so keep that in mind as you read this.

First, this was going to happen.  Homosexuality is the “social” cause of the generation right now.  It is their “civil rights” era.  It is their fight.  Liberal media groups wanted an openly gay athlete and had been asking for this for years.  I remember hearing of this “coming out” by players several years ago while listening to ESPN radio one night.  Even five years ago ESPN was pushing for a gay athlete to stand up.  They wanted to show homosexual groups (and especially those who oppose them) that there are gay people even in major sports.  Collins, while a story they will no doubt jump on, is not a star.  He never will be.  In fact, I have long said that for some of these “gay” players, it will be nothing more than a desire to either remain in the league (how do you cut Collins now?) or for money.

Secondly, when it comes to major sports, teams just want to win.  I don’t think that the Lakers or the Yankees care if you are a homosexual.  They want to win.  Their fans want to win.  Sadly this is where most people are when it comes to morality and sports.  They will tear up a Tim Tebow for his faith while defending wife beaters and drug felons simply because they win.  When Michael Vick was in trouble in Atlanta for dog fighting, I remember people in Atlanta saying that it was no big deal and that we should just drop the issue.  Vick went to prison for his crimes (while abortion doctors every day slaughter unborn babies in their own mother’s wombs) yet Vick is still attacked regularly for his sins.  Tebow as well yet Tebow has not sinned.  He just is a good man.

Thirdly, no one is allowed to say that homosexuality is a sin.  Former South Carolina Gamecock Chris Culliver, with the San Francisco 49ers, was asked during the week of the Super Bowl about homosexuality and he said that he wasn’t “down with that” and the media went crazy.  Culliver shared his own opinion after a question was posed to him yet the NFL required Culliver to take sensitivity training following the Super Bowl for his critical remarks.  Why?  Because Culliver stated his opinion?  He is now a bigot?  The NFL, MLB, NHL, and the NBA all follow the same line of reasoning: don’t speak out on cultural issues unless your views are in favor of the views of the culture.  Players cannot say that a homosexual is in sin or that he must repent or perish.  They are to stay quiet on the issue or face dire consequences.

Lastly, more and more players will start “coming out” because this will do three things for them.  First, if they are the first say in the NFL, they will get a book or a movie deal.  Then they will be harder to cut for teams.  This allows players to remain in the league a bit longer such as Jason Collins who no doubt will land with a team now that he is openly gay.  And thirdly, their “coming out” will produce money for them as they will be asked to speak here and there and will be featured on magazines, blogs, TV interviews, etc.

For the Christian, homosexuality is a sin.  Like all sins, it can be forgiven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) and a person who struggles with homosexuality can be set free from their sin (John 8:34-36; Romans 6:1-4).  The grace of God enables the disciple of Jesus to overcome sin (Titus 2:12) and there is no sin that God cannot empower us to overcome (1 Corinthians 10:13).  We all struggle with our flesh (Galatians 5:16-17) but we can be free through Christ (1 John 1:9; 3:6; 5:18).  This doesn’t mean that we don’t still face temptation but we have the power of the Holy Spirit now to help us be free from sin’s grip.  Praise God for His liberating power and His precious gospel (Romans 1:16-17).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

04/29/2013 at 10:22 PM

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