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Monday, April 29, 2013

True Bravery: Jason Collins or Chris Broussard

Rumors have been swirling that some big name atheletes were going to "come out" as homosexuals.  The rumor mainly focused on the NFL, where reportedly a group of 3 or 4 players were going to come out together.  Then, the NBA beat them to it, with the Washington Wizards' Jason Collins announcing that he is homosexual

Of course, the media loves it.  On Fox Sports' website, the top four or five headlines had nothing to do with NBA playoffs, or the NHL playoffs about to start, or any other actual sporst story.  It was all about Collins and how "brave" he is to do this.  

Really?  How brave is doing something that the sinful world in which we live applauds?  How brave is it to admit to a sinful lifestyle for which the mainstream media will turn you into a hero?  The President of the United States commended the guy for pitty's sake.  How brave do you have to be to step into the limelight and be the hero of a godless culture?  

Then there is Chris Broussard.  The ESPN analyst said in an interview: "Personally, I don't believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle, or like, premarital sex between heterosexuals … it says that that's a sin … I believe that's walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ," he said on the show. "So, I would not characterize that person as a Christian, because I don't think the Bible would characterize that person as a Christian."

That, my friends, is brave.  Because the media isn't going to send Mr. Broussard any love letters.  He won't get any press except bad press and the "hateful bigot" that the world sees all Christians as being.  He won't be getting any pats on the back from the world at large.  The POTUS certainly won't be giving any props.  He'll be lucky if he doesn't lose his job at ESPN.   

Because the world we live in loves the darkness and hates the light.  They can't stand for the light of Scripture to be shined upon their sin.  And Mr. Broussard did just that.  And the world cringes.  Yet, the truth is, we need more people like this who are willing to take a stand on God's Word.  As Mr. Broussard says in the interview, not just with homosexuality, but adultery and other sexual sins as well.  It's not a popular stand.  Especially in the hormone driven world of professional atheletes. 

Thank you, Christ Broussard, for standing firm on the truth.  Thank you for showing true bravery by going against the flow.  Thank you for putting your career on the line.  We'll be praying for you, and for others in the media to be bold like you.  And we'll be praying for Jason Collins as well, that God will open his eyes to the sin that enslaves him and show him true freedom in Christ.  

In the meantime, ready yourselves Church.  The onslaught against those who do take a stand on matters like this is only just getting warmed up. 

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