Will EPSN Reporter Become a Media Martyr for Sharing His Christian Beliefs?

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Jason Collins came out as an openly gay NBA player but claims to be a committed Christian. When asked for his opinion on this, Christian sports reporter Chris Broussard gave a clear Christian statement — and he is being blasted by the media and his network, ESPN, has already apologized. Are there no more moral absolutes? And is this the beginning of the end of freedom of Christian speech on the secular media? Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at  (866) 348 7884  with your questions and comments.

 

Hour 1:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: It is an urgent hour for believers in America today.  It is a wakeup call as our very right to express our biblical convictions on the media is being challenged.  What will we do in this day of decision?

 

Hour 2:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: This is the hour to speak absolute truth about an absolute God who has established absolute morals; and by the grace of God this is the time to live by them ourselves.

 

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16 Comments
  1. well if the gays weren’t so in your face about it every time you turn around it wouldn’t be such a popular topic.

  2. Greg Allen, it’s the only sin in the Bible that has countless well funded activist groups and it’s own socio-political movement that works 24/7 attacking and subverting our cultural institutions. ..so lets get real here.

  3. Believers have allowed popular culture to shape our reasonong. Rather than look to God’s Word and JUST MAKE OUR STAND based on.. ‘this is what God says..I want to honestly follow HIM, so I’ll do what HE says,’,Christians have decided that we can better GOD by going soft on things GOD says no about. Dr Brown HAS to speak frequently about sexual orientation because if he and others fall silent on what is an absolute in GOD’s eyes, we can expect depravation similar to what Lot saw when the raging crowd of homosexuals demanded Lot send out to them God’s angels…Thank God for the courageous stand Dr. Brown is taking.

  4. While it is right to oppose the homosexual agenda, it sometimes seems like everyone has lost sight of the message in Romans chapter 1 that homosexuality is more a SYMPTOM of our culture’s departure from God than a CAUSE. We worry that it will bring divine judgment when in fact it is already a manifestation of that judgment. Even on the secular level, I sense it is more a symptom of our society’s worship of Liberty as an end in itself. The Tiananmen Square protesters in Beijing, (in 1982, I believe), had a replica of the Statue of Liberty labelled, “Goddess of Democracy.” Was that due to lack of understanding of Western society or was it insight?

  5. Greg Allen: The Bible spent relatively little space on the Fall in Eden. Its account of the Flood was relatively short as compared to the Exodus from Egypt, for example. It spent extremely little time on Jesus’ early life after the Nativity and presentation at the Temple, until His adult appearance for baptism by John. Does that make any of these subjects unimportant? God’s Word speaking briefly is still God’s Word.

  6. Dr. Brown, you once again just don’t get it!! You ask around the 17 min mark: “why announce it (referring to Jason Collins) if it’s no big deal? Why tell anyone?” (I’m paraphrasing)

    Why? Because people shouldn’t have to live in secret FOR WHO THEY ARE. People are applauding his decision to openly announce he’s gay because it has so often been the case in sports that gay people have had to live in fear of their sexual orientation being known. They have had to for so long actively hide and pretend to be somebody their not because of the possible repercussions they might face if they were identified as gay. But people shouldn’t have to live in fear, people should have to hide or pretend, and people certainly shouldn’t have to hide and pretend to be somebody their not all because people like you want them to keep it a secret and not “announce” it. Do you not see the obvious problem with somebody living their life like that? Can you not see how hiding and pretending to be someone you’re not could be damaging to the person who has to go through that? No…evidently you don’t. Instead you care more about the poor players that might be uncomfortable with being around a gay person in the locker room. Honestly, I’d bet my life that most players could care less about that kind of stuff. Even if some did care, I bet even those that did would by and large get it and put their concerns aside in the interest of allowing someone to live openly, honestly and without fear. And can one really deny that living openly, honestly and without fear is better than the “uncomfortable” feeling one might get in the locker room?

    Like I said above…you just don’t seem to get it. It’s this kind of antiquated thinking that shows the disparity between your generation and that of mine and people like Dannika Nash whom you interacted with. Our generation is seeking love and EQUALITY for our gay and lesbian friends. Much of your generation, on the other hand, is still stuck in the past, desperately trying to hold on to their conservative, traditional values in the face of this unstoppable, inevitable progress.

  7. James, of course I get it. Sadly, you didn’t get my point. And plenty of young people agree with me — including those whom Jesus delivered from homosexuality.

    That being said, I’m really glad you took the time to listen, and I do hope you’re open to truth and reason. Are you?

    If so, are you willing to answer some questions I have for you? I certainly hope so!

    I wish you God’s grace and love. There is a discovery you have yet to make that will rock your world — if you have the courage to follow the truth wherever it leads.

  8. The issues we are facing today, homosexuality and abortion, these are not political issues. They are moral issues. The bible addresses these issues and we as the church, must also address these issues. For far too long, we have been silent and watched the moral decay of our country, rapidly increase.

    I was a homosexual and i was miserable. It was the love of God, not the acceptance of man, that radically changed and altared who i was! Jesus’ love was refreshing and His acceptance left no room for me to seek acceptance of others. Jason Collins, along with many young men and woman in our generation are seeking just that, acceptance.

    The church’s duty is to call those who are in darkness out of it! The love of Christ compels us to proclaim His liberating truths! I am thankful that I was loved to life by believers who knew the truth and grace that could only be found in Jesus and shared it with me! To proclaim the truth is not bigotry and hatred; it is real love.

  9. James and others,

    I believe this post will be appear here shortly in the comments section, but I wanted everyone to see it immediately. It is from a woman named ZZ, replying to James. She wrote:

    The issues we are facing today, homosexuality and abortion, these are not political issues. They are moral issues. The bible addresses these issues and we as the church, must also address these issues.
    For far too long, we have been silent and watched the moral decay of our country, rapidly increase.

    I was a homosexual and i was miserable. It was the love of God, not the acceptance of man, that radically changed and altared who i was! Jesus’ love was refreshing and His acceptance left no room for me to seek acceptance of others. Jason Collins, along with many young men and woman in our generation are seeking just that, acceptance.

    The church’s duty is to call those who are in darkness out of it! The love of Christ compels us to proclaim His liberating truths! I am thankful that I was loved to life by believers who knew the truth and grace that could only be found in Jesus and shared it with me! To proclaim the truth is not bigotry and hatred; it is real love.

  10. I commend Chris Broussand, because he is one of the few Christian men who not only calls homosexuality sin, but also premarital sex which is practiced openly as non-sin by 80% of the “christian” singles. (see Barna’s reports). It is sad when I see so many Christians condemn homosexuality, when they themselves practice the sexual sin of premarital sex openly and without repentance. They are no better than the gays. I wish more Christian men would step forward and tell truth about sexual sin in our society, whether it is homosexuality or premarital sex. Unfortunately, most evangelical churches walk the path of don’t ask don’t tell.

  11. Dr. Brown, your remarks were fairly clear at the 17 min mark. You were advocating for a position that continues to see that gay people in sports remain in the closet, a stance which I find particularly reprehensible in light of what so many gay people have had to go through because they feared coming out. If you’re against homosexuality then fine, but why push people into a position of silence where they must lie about who they are and what they feel? That seems completely unnecessary, even if you’re against homosexuality.

    As to your questions, yes, I’m open to truth and reason, and I’m willing to answer your questions.

    ZZ, with all due respect, I’m very skeptical of claims by certain people to the effect that they are ex-gay or ex-homosexual. I’ve heard of far too many stories in which this turned out not be the case (the recent announcement by the well known ex-gay John Paulk comes to mind). The fact of the matter is, there are many Christian homosexuals who are so desperate not to be gay that they’ll identify themselves as straight at the first moment they perceive “change” or “escape” from homosexuality. Moreover, even if it is the case that you happened to actually achieve a truly heterosexual status, that wouldn’t mean that this is indicative for most homosexuals who might want to change. One of the things that frustrates me the most about the “ex-gay” community is specifically when they project their supposed change and experiences on the rest of the gay community. Just because you may have experienced change doesn’t mean that such change is realistic or ideal for homosexuals generally, or that reparative therapy would prove beneficial rather than harmful. Likewise, that you were “miserable” as a homosexual doesn’t mean that homosexuals are in general miserable, as you seem to implicitly suggest. I know of many homosexuals who are happy individuals. Your own experience is yours and yours alone so please don’t offer it up as some sort of defeater of homosexuality.

    Finally, if the love of God radically changed who you are for the better then good for you. I’m happy for you. But when this same sort of love of Jesus and religion is used to force certain beliefs on other people or continue the propagation of negative stigmas of homosexuals that invariably results in their being harmed then please know that I will not sit idly by while they suffer at the hands of those who preach religious hatred – and that’s exactly what it is. If that’s the kind of “truth” and “love” you wish to proclaim then there will always be people like me who stand in your way, steadily pushing you and your supporters further down the mountain of influence that you once occupied.

  12. James, God bless you! I definitely don’t preach hate under the guise of “Christian love” and I also don’t preach a message of compromise under the guise of “Christian love ” either. As believers we are called to preach Jesus’ message of repentance and turning away from sin. My personal testimony involved me radically receiving love and acceptance from Christ that superseded the love and acceptance of any lover I ever had. My love for Jesus outweighed my love for sin. I can guarantee that the only miserable people out there, are those who know that what they’re doing contradicts the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Since the western church compromises the integrity of Christianity by turning a blind eye to the issues if its congregants, we see people miserable. I refuse to have part in the compromise that has become normal in our churches today. True Christians are called to stand up for the true gospel of Christ. Believe me James, standing against The Lord isn’t where you want to be. The Lord is calling His body to rightly represent His truths, rightly.

    God loves homosexuals, so much that He offers them, just as every other sinner, the opportunity to change. Not self help, not hatred and fear based reeducation , not a 12 step rehab. Everlasting, eternal, legit change. Christ is the change! Christ doesn’t produce miserablely bound believers. The world does! The reason so many ex- ex gays, and ex-ex drug users and ex-ex adulteres come out of their “churches” not changed and miserable is because they haven’t experienced the TRUE LOVE OF JESUS! That’s what I am talking about. That’s what Dr. Brown is talking about. The encounter of meeting Christ, radically changes you for REAL and you can NEVER go back! I am getting married in August to another person, who was also delivered from homosexuality, God is a redeeming and restoring God. He is real love, I am proof of that. May The Lord continue to minister to you James about His real chaging love. Many blessings.

  13. James, just to be clear, what if someone is bisexual, should they declare that? What if they have other “sexual orientations”? Should they declare those? Again, I want to be sure I understand your position.

  14. Also, for the record, my view is that an athlete can declare whatever he or she wants to declare about their sexuality, but: 1) They shouldn’t be hailed as heroes for it; and 2) If some are uncomfortable with it, that’s fully understandable and no one should make a big deal out of it.

  15. Dr. Brown, yes, if someone is bisexual they should be able to declare it, as with homosexuals. You seem to slightly misunderstand my position. I’m not suggesting that homosexuals ought to go out of their way to triumphantly declare their sexual orientation in all circumstances. Rather, I’m suggesting that they ought not feel pressure, fear or shame about telling people. They should be able to be open about their same sex attractions just as any heterosexual would be in their own opposite sex attractions. I’m simply arguing for an equal playing field for homosexuals. The same should equally apply to bisexuals. As for other sexual orientations, what did you have in mind? Polysexuality? Pansexuality? Asexuality? If that’s what you’re referring to then yes, I see no reason to apply any different standard to those groups. They should all have an equal playing field.

    Concerning your remarks on athletes, I think you were saying more than what you allege in (1) (namely, that it would be better if a gay athlete keep his/her sexual orientation a secret from other players who might be uncomfortable), but I won’t belabor the point anymore. As for (2), I don’t really take issue with that concern. It seems like a legitimate concern. I simply reject that this concern have any bearing on whether gay athletes ought to come out or not.

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