Jason Collins and Facebook Homophobia
Jason Collinsof the Washington Wizards is gay. I don’t follow the NBA. The last time I paid any attention was grade school. My understanding is the guy isn’t exactly Wilt Chamberlain. That isn’t the point. I have quite a few committed evangelical Christians as friends on Facebook. I went to high school with most of them. I was once a committed evangelical and now I’m not so sure and that uncertainty is something that I live with every single day. I must say that the reaction of some of my Facebook friends and acquaintances to the revelation by Jason Collins leaves me with quite a bit in the way of unease. I observed many people minimizing the impact of the announcement. I’ll leave the question of impact to the sports historians. Most of what I saw can be summed up in the following statement,
“There are things that should remain private. This is one of them.”
Uh. Let me think about that for a second or so. No. That’s nonsense. If this is about keeping matters related to sex private than evangelicals really shouldn’t be talking. The culture surrounding the peculiar brand of Christianity we have in America is soaked in sex. Some Christians are very fond of confessing in graphic detail their struggles with pornography. I swear that there are times when Christians are more concerned with pornography than the people that are involved in producing and selling it. What about all the explicit sermon series about sex preached by walking, talking Ken dolls like Ed Young? I know the birth control methods used by some people because they either told me or they announced it on Facebook. I’ve heard youth pastors brag before congregations of horny teenagers how much they enjoy banging their dime piece of a wife. Why is that okay? It isn’t about keeping matters related to sexuality private. It’s all about the type of sex. The wrong type of sex has to be hidden. You can’t have people confronting the reality that a man is a homosexual, is relatively well adjusted, isn’t addicted to drugs and isn’t dying of AIDs. It has to stay private because if there is too much of a human face on homosexuality then people might start questioning the letter of the law. The avoidance of cognitive dissonance is why it has to stay private. It doesn’t have a damn thing to do with decency.
Speaking of things staying private. There was this guy.
Evangelicals had orgasms over Tim Tebow despite the words of Matthew 6:5,
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
If you’re a committed evangelical then please understand that I’m not trying to insult you or belittle you. I do however want you to pause and think about the reasons for some of the reactions to this event in your community. I’m not asking you to change your convictions. I’m not asking you to embrace Jason Collins or to tattoo the likeness of Jason Collins somewhere on your body. I’m simply asking you to think and to be honest in the thinking that you do.