So NBA reporter Chris Broussard questions whether Jason Collins can be a Christian because he is gay. About this, Mr. Broussard said on Monday, “Personally, I don’t believe you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle … if you are openly living that type of lifestyle, then the bible says… that’s a sin. If you are openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals … I believe that is walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ …. I would not categorize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the bible would categorize him as a Christian.” [Credit: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2013/04/29/ESPN-Reporter-Questions-If-Collins-Can-Be-Gay-And-Christian.]
That’s really interesting to me, because I have very similar feelings about Mr. Broussard’s type of “Christian”. Personally, I don’t believe a person can live a homophobic lifestyle, open or otherwise, and be a Christian, any more than I believe that racists or misogynists or those who discriminate against people with physical and mental differences are Christians. Anyone who makes it a point to discriminate against another group of people, often even to the point of seeking to make that discrimination law – that person, in my opinion, is no Christian. Anyone who is unconcerned when told that their condemnation of a group of people has led to those people being made to live as second class citizens (or worse), or resulted in the murder of some in that group, or caused members of it to be repeatedly physically threatened or disowned by their families and society, or to lead lives of deception out of fear, or to take their own lives in despair, that unconcerned person, I believe, not only is no Christian, but is in fact doing the work of the devil, “walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ”. I would not categorize that person as a Christian; I would call that person evil.