An Open Letter to Chris Broussard

As you surely know by now, veteran NBA center, Jason Collins, has acknowledged that he’s a homosexual.  Even though his “coming out” received lots of media attention, I didn’t feel inclined to comment on it in this blog because, well, to be blunt, I’ve got many more important things to think about than Jason Collins’ sexual preference.

And then the plot thickened.

Chris Broussard, an NBA analyst for ESPN, weighed in on the subject of homosexuality in light of Jason Collins’ confession, in which Collins also said that he is a Christian.  The following is the key quote from Broussard:

“If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, (but) adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals … I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.  I would not characterize that person as a Christian, because I don’t think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.”

Predictably, Broussard has taken a lot of heat.   He’s been called “homophobic,” “insensitive,” and “hateful.”  His remarks have been characterized as “nonsense” and “ignorant.”  On the Variety web site they’re running a poll to see how many people think ESPN should punish him.  Other web sites have started petitions to try to get him fired.

Here is my open letter to Chris Broussard:

Dear Chris,

Thank you.

Thank you for being a man of conviction and courage.  You had to know your words would not be well-received by the masses, yet you didn’t hesitate to speak them.  And oh, by the way, you were quite eloquent.  You didn’t come off as a raving lunatic, though of course many in the media are trying to portray you that way.

Isn’t it interesting, Chris, how Jason Collins can share his innermost convictions and be praised, even to the point of receiving a phone call from the President, but when you share your innermost convictions, you’re persecuted?  Apparently, those who claim to be so open-minded really aren’t, after all.

I’m starting to understand why so many people are now saying that America is no longer a Christian nation.  Our founding fathers must be spinning in their graves.

But what I find even more discouraging is the large number of celebrities and sports stars who are staking out their position in that wishy-washy middle ground, saying that faith is such a deeply personal thing that people should have the right to shape it any way they want.  This, of course, makes the individual his own god, which is why I have even less respect for this crowd than I do for your attackers.  At least your critics have the guts to choose a side.

One more thing, Chris.  I am a big sports fan.  I watch ESPN a lot.  You, sir, just became my favorite analyst.

Keep up the good work.

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9 Responses to An Open Letter to Chris Broussard

  1. Karen Jo says:

    Well said, Mark! Have you tried to get this to Mr. Broussard or post it on ESPN’s web site?

  2. Chuck says:

    Good job, Mark! Very well said and, like you, Steve has become my number one analyst!!

  3. Rosan says:

    Jason Collins can call himself anything he wants but a Christian should not be one of them. Steve Broussard , much respect to you sir.

  4. Barb Paton says:

    Thank you, again, for another well-stated blog. It is very discouraging to see how Christians face persecution more and more in a country that is supposed to be the bastion of freedom. It truly does seem that any belief or behavior is welcome except Christianity.
    I don’t watch ESPN very often but I’m very glad to see there is someone on ANY nationwide station that is willing to speak up for the Bible and Christian beliefs. Perhaps he will encourage all of us to be more bold in stating our faith.
    Thank you again,
    Barb Paton

  5. Danny says:

    Great post Mark

  6. Marg says:

    A couple of us in church just this past Sunday had commented on how Tiebow was critized for saying he is a christian and then is told to keep his faith to himself. Yet someone says he is gay and everyone in the media comments and a call from our President for it!! You did a wonderful job on this Mark and I hope you send it on to the ESPN station they need to know someone is listening!

  7. Joan Page says:

    I have a lot of respect for Steve Broussard, I don’t watch ESPN that much either, but he stood up for what he believed and I respect that. Your letter to him was excellent and so true!

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