Jason Collins is gay. Jason Collins is a Christian. Jason Collins is a gay Christian. Now say it again, Jason Collins is a gay Christian in America playing a professional sport. Jason Collins needs your support as a gay, Christian pro athlete.
Which of the above sentences are false? It all depends on how you view true Christianity. There are those that believe that you can be a Christian and sin or as new age believers say “struggle”. Struggles abound as the flesh wars with the spirit, but to walk openly (or not so openly) in sin goes against the freedom from sin Jesus granted…is that still the truth?
Today, people all over the world are celebrating Jason Collins. Sports fans who never took note of him, his fellow NBA forward twin nor his humble stat sheet have brought his story front and center. For many,he is a hero. For many more, “it all makes sense,now”. Smiles abound, tweets and virtual pats on the back abound. Social media is abuzz, but for what?
The Clintons support Jason Collins
Collins is gay and a pro athlete. Collins is gay and African-American. Collins is gay and a Stanford graduate. Collins is a professional and is a stand-up guy, undoubtedly. Collins is also a believer and that’s where this story takes an odd turn.
Do believers actively sin? The answer is a resounding yes! This is however an issue that many churches struggle with answering. While many are stuck debating the “big” sin and whether Christians actually sin; the bible is clear however, that actions identify believers. If we say we believe in Jesus yet act as those who don’t, are we really true believers? This goes not only for sexual sin, but all sin.
Collins’ story trumped Tim Tebow getting dumped in New York.
As a basketball player he stood out not for his skill set (mostly intangibles), but his hustle and hard word ethic. He’s had the most formidable task of guarding the most dominant centers and power forwards in the game, the most courageous task on the court!
Believers must also be as courageous as Collins- be willing to stand and contend for the gospel in a changing world where the influence of scripture fades with every celebrity utterance against it. With Collins’ surprising story, voices have risen up in support of Collins and of the gospel as well.
Leave it to comedic genius Kevin Hart to make sense of it all.
In an interview that quickly morphed into must-see tv, ESPN Analyst Chris Broussard spoke eloquently and assured of the truth concerning Collins as a believer. Broussard gained many fans, and even more enemies. This comes as no surprise given today’s penchant for fallacy but thankfully, Broussard isn’t changing his tune.
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. I John 2:4
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