Pretending to Love Jason Collins

Kevin Probst By Kevin Probst, 30th Apr 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Why are so many coming out to support Jason Collin's decision to come out of the closet regarding his sexuality. This article explores their motives and commends one willing to tell the truth in love.

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.

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Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Chris Broussard, Closet, Coming Out, Doma, Dont Ask Dont Tell, Gay Athletes, Gay Rights, Homosexuality, Jason Collins, Michele Obama, Tough Love

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Kevin lives in Columbus, Georgia. He is married with three sons. He teaches Bible and apologetics at Lafayette Christian School in LaGrange, Georgia. www.kpprobst.blogspot.com

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Apr 2013 (#)

In my opinion, all those who came out in support of Jason, whose act of coming out was one of enormous courage given the vitriol he was bound to receive from people as Chris Broussard and yourself, demonstrated their humanity and their love. Those like you and Broussard who are so quick to judge in a most un-Christian manner are completely disconnected from their humanity. This is the very reason so many young people are abandoning the faith these days. The church has become an anachronism. Yours is a homophobic intolerant rant as far as I can see.

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author avatar Kevin Probst
30th Apr 2013 (#)

I'm so sorry you feel that way. I feel obligated as a Christian to tell the truth about sin in our culture. I don't hate, I love enough to tell the truth. I'm not being judgmental, it is the scripture that condemns, not I. Strange how all opinions are tolerated, even encouraged, except those opinions that come from Christians. Why so much intolerance towards Christians? Thank you much for your comment.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Apr 2013 (#)

There's no intolerance here for Christians, only intolerance for Christian intolerance. It's time people realize that the Bible, having been written by fallible men, is flat-out wrong about many things, homosexuality being a sin being one of them. My brother is gay - tells me he was born that way - realized when he was four years old he was attracted to males. How can anyone call something one has no control over - one's sexual orientation - a sin? Nobody's going to tell me my brother is a sinner because he's gay.

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author avatar Kevin Probst
30th Apr 2013 (#)

Leviticus 18:22
"Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin."
Jude 7
"And don't forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God's judgment."
Romans 1:18-32
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
The Bible is clear, extremely clear on homosexuality. It is a sin, as is adultery, fornication, etc. True, the Bible was written by fallible men, but these men were inspired by the Spirit of God. There message is infallible. If you pick and choose what you want to believe from God's word then you have no moral compass. You choose your own truth to conveniently fit your own whims. Please don't interpret my words as being harsh but I must tell you that choosing your own truth to live by is an extremely dangerous thing to do. "For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear" - 2 Tim 4:3 Thank you for your comments and willingness to have a civil conversation about something we disagree on. By the way, I also have a brother who is homosexual. He believes he is living in disobedience to God and that his lifestyle is sinful and disappointing to a Holy God.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
30th Apr 2013 (#)

As a sinner saved by Grace , I for one can only say , thank you Lord Jesus for being willing to take my place so that I will not be condemned on the day of judgement . The same Grace is offered to the whosoever who will receive it. It takes as much courage to stand for faith as it does to stand for anything that is controversial . Someone once said , ' If we are wrong, then we have nothing to lose , but if we are right , then we have everything to gain ,and for all eternity '
Bless you Kevin and Steve.
Stella

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author avatar Kingwell
1st May 2013 (#)

It is utterly ridiculous saying that Christians love Jason Collins! Christians are the ones who are pretending! They have blood on their hands every time a young person commits suicide because he/she is afraid to be himself and he just can't keep on living a lie. Fundamentalist Christians will also have a lot to answer for because of all the killing of gays because they preach hatred instead of love. I' pleased to see that there are a few Christian churches who accept homosexuality. They are the true followers of Jesus Christ. Read the gospels again!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st May 2013 (#)

Yes, Kevin, I understand the Bible is full of condemnations of homosexuality, but many of us including yours truly, and including Thomas Jefferson who reduced his bible to only 46 pages, considering the rest of it hogwash, think it is anything but the word of God, so you can quote scripture all you want - it means nothing to us and it is irrelevant to today's world. I would invite you to read the article I posted in rebuttal to yours - "Why Jason Collins Coming Out is a Very Big Deal." In fairness, I included a link to your article.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st May 2013 (#)

I am truly sorry that your brother is so caught up in fundamentalist doctrine that he lives in the pain that his environment places upon him. If he were to join the non-judgmental community I belong to, he would be fully accepted in unconditional, non-judgmental love, and he would know that he is loved as any other, and that his lifestyle is no more sinful than yours or mine, and nobody would be preaching Leviticus to him.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st May 2013 (#)

Bless you Kevin.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st May 2013 (#)

It was very misleading for you to write that Jason Collins' twin brother was shocked when he learned his brother was gay. Jarron Collins immediately issued a statement saying he fully supported his brother and it made no difference to him that Jason was gay.

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author avatar Kevin Probst
2nd May 2013 (#)

It is true that Jarron expressed support for his brother but he also indicated that when he initially learned that his brother was gay he was taken back by the info. I am assuming that Jarron along with other close family and friends new Jason was gay. I'm glad he has such a good support group. But I maintain my opinion that although human family and friends may support him and wink at his lifestyle the Bible is clear that God does not approve and a just God will eventually reap consequences for unconfessed sin. I don't say this judgmentally, I say it based on what the Bible says.

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author avatar S. L. Merkel
5th May 2013 (#)

Your opinions are based on your religion, which is not the beliefs of everyone; it's not even the belief of all Christians. The articles you cite as fact, such as homosexuals not being born as homosexuals can be refuted by other scientific articles. I was married to a man who "came out" and I wish he had done so before we got married. Being raised Catholic in a small conservative town, he was unable to admit to admit he was gay so he tried to live a lie. It is much better for GLBT people to be able to accept themselves and have others accept them than to make their lives miserable and hurt others in the process. I don't hate my ex because he finally admitted he was gay, I only wish he had done it sooner. It would have prevented a lot of heartache. You are entitle to your opinion, but remember, it is YOUR opinion. Not everyone who believes in Heaven and Hell think God is a hateful God and gays will go to Hell. There are much better candidates for Hell - those who treat people poorly, lie, cheat, and berate others, don't help those in need, believe their religion is the only right one. God and Christ are supposed to be all-loving and all-forgiving, so those who follow those teachings should be that way, too. You don't have to like a person but it's sad when you chastise them publicly.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th May 2013 (#)

Kevin, I would urge you - no, implore you, even beg you - to read a wikinut article I moderated today - "The Silent Holocaust of Bigotry and Bullying" by DrEllis07.

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