Literally one day after writing a blog on the recent controversy dealing with the Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling, an emergency conference was held by NBA commissioner Adam Silver banning Sterling for life from attending any future games or even visiting a Clippers facility plus drawing an NBA owner’s vote forcing Sterling to sell his team. However, this was not the most important conference of the day for shortly after the commissioner’s statement delivered, former NBA player Kevin Johnson delivered his own conference speech. Johnson spoke of civil rights leaders of the NBA who have made the league what it is. The problem with Johnson’s statement is his reference to Jason Collins, the first openly gay player. This precisely fulfills the very thing my previous post warned about. In Johnson’s statement, the gay agenda prevailed. In fact, the homosexual movement was handed a “silent” yet monumental victory with Kevin Johnson referring to Jason Collin’s homosexual lifestyle with African Americans’ ethnicity equating the two. This is why the Clipper’s story is so relevant to the church. It just moves us this much closer to the day when speaking about the sinfulness of homosexuality will be tantamount to saying that a certain skin color is sinful or wrong or inferior. The former is inconsistent with the Biblical worldview while the latter is not. Homosexuality is not only inferior to heterosexuality and traditional marriage, it is inherently destructive, sinful and against God’s design for sex and marriage. The more that sexuality becomes categorized as a civil rights issue, especially in the eyes of the cultural consensus, the more difficult it will become for the church condemn the lifestyle without being equated with hate-speech and discrimination.
Emilio Ramos is the preaching pastor of Heritage Grace Community Church. Pastor Emilio is committed to the expository and exegetical teaching of the Word of God. Emilio is also the author of Convert, From Adam to Christ and the founder of redgracemedia.com- a media ministry devoted to the glory of God’s redemptive grace through Jesus Christ. He and his wife Trisha live in Dallas, TX.
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