Chris Broussard stands up for the Bible

Late Monday morning, an NBA player named Jason Collins announced to the world that he is a homosexual. It is difficult to say that we didn’t see this coming—not from Collins specifically (I don’t follow basketball at all), but from someone in one of the major sports. I read numerous editorials over the past few weeks about open homosexuality in the sports world, with many columnists attempting to equate or at least relate that lifestyle to one’s skin color.

Late Monday morning, Collins “came out of the closet” and was met with mostly positive and supportive remarks from fellow NBA players, professionals in other sports, broadcasters and sportswriters.

Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Tracy McGrady and Magic Johnson were among the NBA players past and present that Tweeted their support. Heavyweights from other sports such as Evander Holyfield, Barry Sanders, David Wright, and Martina Navratilova also expressed their admiration for his courage. Even former President Bill Clinton said, “I’m proud to call Jason Collins a friend.”

One NBA analyst’s reaction to Collins’ announcement, however, has been scrutinized more than others for his seemingly negative stance. On the ESPN program “Outside The Lines,” Chris Broussard said (as transcribed by Ben Golliver of BlazersEdge and Sports Illustrated):

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. [ESPN’s] L.Z. [Granderson] knows that. He and I have played on basketball teams together for several years. We’ve gone out, had lunch together, we’ve had good conversations, good laughs together. He knows where I stand and I know where he stands. I don’t criticize him, he doesn’t criticize me, and call me a bigot, call me ignorant, call me intolerant.

In talking to some people around the league, there’s a lot Christians in the NBA and just because they disagree with that lifestyle, they don’t want to be called bigoted and intolerant and things like that. That’s what LZ was getting at. Just like I may tolerate someone whose lifestyle I disagree with, he can tolerate my beliefs. He disagrees with my beliefs and my lifestyle but true tolerance and acceptance is being able to handle that as mature adults and not criticize each other and call each other names.

… 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.

In a world that is now openly anti-Christian, Broussard succinctly stated his view without malice toward Collins. He didn’t fire off an inane 140-character Tweet like Miami Dolphins player Mike Wallace. Broussard simply stated what he believes and gave a reason for his belief.

In a world where it is more and more unpopular to publicly state one’s opposition to sin, Broussard should be applauded. In a world that is screaming for more tolerance, where is the tolerance for God?

Mr. Broussard, thank you for using your public voice for the Bible and saying what many will be afraid to say in the coming days and weeks.

About JT

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Posted on April 30, 2013, in baseball, basketball, football and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Appreciate the commentary-not the kind I’m seeing from most of the mainstream commentators out there. Well done.

  2. What I don’t like is Broussard’s decision to point out homosexuality as “unrepentant sin” and “walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ”. Yet he has no problem with working on the Sabbath. Is that not also “unrepentant sin” and “walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ”. Hiding behind religion to express your biggotry is wrong. Collins’ homosexuality is no more no less a sin than the fact that Broussard works on the Sabbath. Neither are hurting anybody else by their “sins” and who are we to point them out. “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.”

    If christians can tollerate Super Bowl Sunday, they can tollerate homosexuality.

    • The Sabbath is Saturday, not Sunday. It is a part of the Old Law to which only the Jews (and proselytes) were amenable. We now live in a better age under a better covenant, and there is no restrictions on which days a Christian may work or play. The only specific requirement for Christians is to gather for worship on Sunday.

      If the Super Bowl interferes with an individual’s worship practices, then it becomes a problem. I have not missed a Sunday evening worship to watch the Super Bowl since my wayward college years.

      There are no stones being cast here. Simply pointing out what the Bible says. If one chooses to continue down that path, so be it. It is between them and God. But let us not censor God from the conversation.

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