Open rebellion

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 12 hours, here’s video of Chris Broussard giving his opinion on Jason Collins’ coming out as gay:

As a sports media major and a follower of Jesus Christ, this entire day resonates with me. I know I could very well be put in the same position as Chris Broussard someday.

Let me start by saying that I will not attack Broussard or call him a hateful bigot.

Do I think ESPN was the wrong place to express his personal religious views? Yes, but I don’t think the blame for that falls entirely on Broussard as much as it falls on the producers of the show for allowing him to speak on this topic. They knew his beliefs would conflict with Collins’ decision.

(In 2009, Broussard wrote this blog post in which he expressed similar views to those he expressed in today’s interview.)

Here’s the thing: I don’t want to write about homosexuality, or gay marriage, or even Jason Collins. Those topics are for people who are much more educated and eloquent than I am.

I want to write about Chris Broussard’s words for Jason Collins: that he is living in “open rebellion” to God.

That phrase–open rebellion–has sat at the forefront of my thoughts this afternoon.

It reminds me of my own journey to surrender my life fully to Christ, a journey that was years longer than it should have been. Why?

Because I too was living in open rebellion.

I had a story much like Hosea’s wife, Gomer: ransomed from my captivity to sin, only to use my freedom to run back to the very thing that had enslaved me in the first place. Time and time again, I believed the lie that something besides Jesus could satisfy me, just like Gomer believed that she could find true satisfaction outside of her marriage to Hosea. It was only when I realized the magnitude of God’s love–and ultimately, His sacrifice–for me that I stopped running.

Here’s my point: We’re called to walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6), and Jesus loved people so much that they ran from their open rebellion to run after Him.

Why aren’t we loving like that?

We can never save anyone on our own, but we need to start taking this truth seriously. We must realize that Christ said others would know we belonged to Him by our love for one another. (John 13:35)

Not our impressive knowledge of theology, our church involvement, or our stance on important political issues.

Our love.

I think society knows at this point that Christians believe homosexuality is a sin. I think we can stop harping on that for a while.

I think our focus needs to shift to loving everyone around us (not just other Christians).

I think when we do, we’ll find that our yelling and ranting about our God-forsaken society has drowned out the cries of people who are truly lost and searching for the love and peace that is found in Jesus Christ.

We will finally be able to hear the cries of those who, like I once was, are living in “open rebellion”–and they will finally be able to come home and meet their Savior.

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