ESPN sportscaster Chris Broussard appeared on the air Monday on ESPN’s Outside The Lines, where he responded with some controversial comments about NBA player Jason Collins’ proclamation that was made earlier Monday morning that he (Collins) is indeed openly gay—making him the first active, male player of any major, American sport to reveal his homosexuality.
Broussard, at the time, was apparently not impressed with Collins’ decision to come out of the closet—mostly because Collins also stated that he considers himself to be a Christian as well.
So Broussard took it upon himself to enlighten Collins and the rest of the world with his “Broussard’s doctrine to acceptable sexual behavior through authentic Christianity” approach.
“I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is.”
“Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly premarital sex between heterosexuals, if you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that’s a sin.”
“If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I do not think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.”
Now Broussard expressed his views, and he has just as much of a right to define his beliefs as Collins has to finally show the world who he is, but Broussard should stick to three-point-shots and pick-and-rolls, because his Bible expertise leaves much to be desired.
So let’s examine some of his statements. According to Broussard’s beliefs, one cannot “live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly premarital sex between heterosexuals,” because the “Bible says” it’s “a sin”—an “open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.”
To put it in plain English, if gay people like Collins would just keep their sexual preferences/identities confined in the closet where they belong, instead of having all of these “coming out” parties and shoving it down our heterosexual, Christian-loving throats, maybe God and other Christians might consider allowing them (homosexuals) to possess the fraudulent hope that even they can be good Christians too.
Taken at face value, this has to be one of the dumbest attempts at rationale one could expect to hear. If Broussard honestly believes that the sinful part of an “openly” sinful lifestyle is the “openly” part of it, then he should either be ashamed of his ignorance, or he should be ashamed of his naivety.
If you were to take Broussard’s advice, you would have to be inclined to believe that you could lead some sinful lifestyle without being stripped of any of your Christian credentials, as long as you threw a veil over it—to serve the purpose of a closet.
Broussard just needs to be more forthcoming about the fact that a sin committed “openly” and free of the veil/closet is no different than a sin committed behind the veil or in the closet. If one sin is an “open rebellion to God,” all of them are “open” rebellions “to God.”
According to the Bible that Broussard was so proudly holding up to try and make his points, God can see through all veils and closets anyway, so who are the people really hiding from when they get behind them in the first place?
They are hiding from all of the Chris Broussard’s of the world, and that has nothing to do with Christianity, but it has everything to do with the distribution of societal opportunities and worldly power.
Broussard has since tried to back peddle from all of this by saying:
“I believe Jason Collins displayed bravery with his announcement today and I have no objection to him or anyone else playing in the NBA.”
ESPN also released a statement saying:
“We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today’s news. ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins’ announcement.”