As a youngster, I watched shows like “The Lone Ranger.” Clayton Moore played a masked man committed to righting the wrongs of the world. Tonto and the Masked Man galloped around the countryside, serving those unable to protect themselves. I remember pretending to be the Lone Ranger, riding my broomstick horse, Silver. I defeated the bad guys and rode off into the sunset, a hero of my own making. Today, heroes are harder to come by. Not because they don’t exist, but because our culture labels heroic acts in a much looser fashion. In fact, our culture’s adept at placing people on a pedestal that have not earned that distinction. A few months ago, NBA player Jason Collin fell into that category.
Many youngsters idolize the stars of professional sports teams. At any sporting event, kids don jerseys of their favorite players and hope for a much sought after autograph. Collins, though an NBA player, spends more time riding the pine than playing on the court. In other words, kids don’t snatch up his jersey at sports shops. His claim to fame comes from a recent public announcement. In an article written in first person, Collins shared he lives the homosexual lifestyle. Social media exploded with the news. Main stream media outlets became giddy. News outlets bestowed the mantle of heroism upon Collins’ shoulders.
Now, there’s Michael Sam.
Mr. Sam attended the University of Missouri, playing on the Tigers football team. About a year ago, he announced to his teammates he was gay. His comrades on the gridiron accepted his sexuality and life resumed as normal. In February of this year, Sam shared his homosexuality with the world, opening up about his lifestyle on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” Recently, the St. Louis Rams drafted Sam in the 7th round. ESPN broadcast Mr. Sam’s jubilant reaction, including the congratulatory kiss from his boyfriend. Those who found the affection offensive took to Twitter. A Dolphins player, tweeting negatively about the kiss, is barred from team activities until he attends sensitivity training,
Sensitivity training?!?!? What about sensitivity training demanded of those who belittle Christians for choosing to adhere to the teachings found in the Bible concerning homosexuality?
President Obama weighed in on both the Collins and Sam coming out party. He called Jason Collins, telling the athlete “he was impressed by his courage.” The USA Today reported remarks released in a White House Statement concerning Michael Sam:
“The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward in our Nation’s journey. From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove every day you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.”
Our society tends to idolize those living outside the will of God. In fact, America models a life the prophet Isaiah warned about:
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.”
Anytime an individual congratulates another for living outside the will of God, that person’s calling “evil…good.” Glorification of evil breaks the heart of God.
Certainly some consider this post as intolerant or homophobic but it applies with all sin. Imagine the following scenario:
A man addresses the nation, beginning his speech with the words, “I am an adulterer. And I plan to stay an adulterer the rest of my life, because that’s who I am. I was born this way…” A handful might support the man’s freedom to sleep around on his wife, but most agree that we wouldn’t encourage that alley cat type of behavior. And never would we consider bestowing the term “hero” on this potential home wrecker. Congratulating a homosexual for coming out of the closet falls into the same category. Both adultery and homosexuality are condemned by God, sexual sins from which we ask God for forgiveness…not a free pass, kudos, and a book deal.