The fact that Washington Wizards center Jason Collins is the first active professional sports figure in American history to “come out” of the closet and declare he is gay is a major news story. I guess.
But not nearly as major as ESPN analyst Chris Broussard (a good analyst, may I add) serving up a biblical commentary on the matter, ON LIVE TV!
ESPN knew that Broussard is Christian and set him up against an openly gay analyst to discuss the case… and Broussard did not disappoint.
Here is what he said:
“…you can’t live an openly homosexual lifestyle or open premarital sex between heterosexuals.”
“If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that that’s a sin. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ.”
“As a Christian, I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin,” said Broussard. “There are a lot of Christians in the NBA, and just because they don’t agree with that lifestyle, they don’t want to be called bigoted and intolerant.”
I am glad he did not delineate difference between sin. Homosexual practice or premarital sex practice is sexual sin and unacceptable in the eyes of God.
I admire the fortitude that Chris Broussard had to stand up for biblical truth in this culture of acceptance of sin. I expect a major backlash against his comments. He will be called a bigot, a homophobe, a hater, and all kinds of negative words to describe the fact that he believes the Bible.
ESPN did this to increase their ratings at his expense, as he will now suffer because he stood up for his faith.
It remains to be seen if Chris Broussard will still have a job tomorrow.
The Bible is clear on the issue of living in sin. Those who are children of God cannot persist in sin:
“No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.” 1 John 3:9