Gay marriage, a “progressive pastor” and the NFL

I read an interesting story this morning about two NFL players making headlines about the gay marriage issue.

Here’s what happened:

1.  Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a consistent supporter of legalizing same-sex marriage, filmed his own video backing this November’s ballot initiative in Maryland and posted it on YouTube, and he recently donated Ravens tickets to a Marylanders for Marriage Equality fund-raiser.

2.  Ayanbadejo’s acts caught the attention of Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Maryland state delegate who opposes same-sex marriage. On Aug. 29, Burns sent a letter to Steve Bisciotti, the Ravens’ owner, urging him to “inhibit such expressions from your employee and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions.”

3.  Burns’s letter elicited an aggressive, searing response from another N.F.L. player, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who said he could not sleep after reading the letter Thursday night because he was too infuriated. So he wrote a profanity-laced response to Burns, which you can read at  Klewe’s letter is full of profanities, so I will just share the gist of it:

“Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level,” Kluwe wrote, adding later: “Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different than you, or act different than you? How does gay marriage, in any way, shape or form, affect your life?” ~ Chris Klewe, Minnesota Vikings

Most of our listeners know that I’m a big Minnesota Vikings fan, and I don’t share this to point fingers at a non-Christian who is spouting off about an issue about which I take an opposite stance.   But what I did find interesting and grievous is the overwhelming response from a whole lot of faithful people who support Klewe’s profane and vitriolic rant, including a commenter who calls himself, “Progressive Pastor.”


Dear Mr. Kluwe,
As longtime advocate for Civil Rights, I not only applaud your willingness to use your stature as a celebrity in the world of sports to hold Mr. Burns accountable for abusing his office as an elected official, I also found it particularly satisfying to read! As an Ordained Elder in a global, Christian, mainline denomination church, I rarely have the ability to publicly applaud examples of not only the nature, spirit and passion of your wonderful response to Mr. Burns, but also your impeccable logic, and gifted ability to express it in writing. God bless you for your willingness to speak out so courageously and intelligently on such an important issue! (So much for the “Dumb jock” stereotype!)
Also, please be assured that MOST progressive Biblical scholars have yet to find any grounds for claiming faith-based prohibitions on any LGBT issues! It’s never even mentioned in the New Testament, and the one Leviticus passage usually trotted out by self-righteous Biblical literalists, is almost always mistranslated and used out of context! Using one’s falsely informed religious beliefs to justify bigotry and hatred is not only misguided, but shameful, and sacrilegious!
Sadly, my gay and lesbian colleagues claim than one more generation will have to die off before the tide of public opinion turns on this issue. Perhaps, if more people of high profile, like you and your colleagues, speak out with such candor and conviction, it could happen sooner! Please encourage everyone you know who has more important things to worry about and expend their energy on than people loving one another (you know, little things like war, slavery, child abuse – even after the children are born, and not just while they’re fetuses – genocide, famine, etc.) to continue speaking out in the name of tolerance, peace and actual love!
A Pastor in favor of Values with Integrity

Here’s the thing. If this were just one pastor’s opinion, I could shake it off and imagine that this had little to do with me personally, or with the greater Body of Christ. But the thing is, liberalism is growing. And I don’t mean political party liberalism – although the two are often tied – but about those who liberally teach that the Bible isn’t 100 percent truth; that it is not the inerrant Word of God, breathed out by the Holy Spirit. That kind of liberalism. It’s exploding, and it is killing the Bride and dividing her into splinters that perhaps cannot be mended.


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5 Responses to Gay marriage, a “progressive pastor” and the NFL

  1. Destinee says:

    The whole thing just makes me sad. Satan is so good and making people think that there is nothing wrong with everybody living their lives in whatever way makes them happy. How disappointing for a "pastor" to fall into the same trap. Extra prayers needed for him and the "sheep" he is undoubtedly leading astray.


  2. Deb says:

    The ironic thing is that if it had been a "liberal" delegate who had written to an athlete who was against gay marriage, that delegate would have been applauded instead of vilified. Isaiah 5:20 – 20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! How very sad that a supposed "Man of God" totally dismisses God's word and truth.


  3. Darrel says:

    As this issue heats up it would be prudent for individual Christians and churches to know the proper response to this error. There are many "lists" of sins, that if practiced on a regular basis will diqualify a person to ushered into the kingdom of heaven-Gal. 5:19-21; 1Cor. 6:9&10; Eph. 5:5; Rev. 21:8 Mark7:20-23. There are other passages that deal with unrepentant sins with Rom. 1:18-32 is a description of the wrath of God on a people or nation because they have "supressed the truth in unrighteous". Notice the progression and severity of the judgment of God: v18, supress the truth; v19, ignoring the fact that God is-hence the "God is dead" movement of the sixties-v20-21 idolatry overruns the land; v22&23 man becomes all-wise and worships all manner of things that are no god at all (environmentalism); v24 God's response is to "give them up to uncleanness; v25 a summary of events thus far; v26&27 homosexuality and lesbianism enters on a grand scale; v 28-32 "God gave them over to a debased mind" all restraint is removed, man no longer able to reason things out, man holds nothing back and real anarchy prevails. Please understand that God is not judging people for the sins found in Rom. 1:18-32 rather, ROMANS 1:18-32 IS THE JUDGMENT OF GOD ON A NATION. Make up your own mind as to whether this is the current situation in America or not. As for me, we are fast approaching v28 and the "debased mind" and may God have mercy on HIS people when this hits at full force.

    It is all of the LGBT crowd that are the ones spouting the hate. They are screaming at the top of their voice: I HATE YOU GOD!!!! I WILL NOT SUBMIT TO YOU. I WILL NOT CONFESS MY SINS. I WILL NOT SEEK FORGIVENESS FOR ANY OF MY SIN. I WILL NOT HUMBLE MYSELF BEFORE YOU!!! I WILL NOT HAVE REIGN OVER ME!!!

    It's likely to get real ugly, real fast so be ready for it, things will only get worse before the Lord returns.—————-Even so, Come, Lord Jesus


  4. TheTruth says:

    The "progressive pastor" and the ones against the true word of our Father in Heaven the Lord God Almighty ,will have a long wait,because ALL things that are prophesied in Revelation will be fulfilled before this generation passes away.
    I feel for the pastor for to give in to untruths and perversion and filth is to be tepid water in our Lords mouth. He shall spit you out fore you being warm not cold or hot makes Him,our Lord Jesus Christ, sick to His stomach.
    Jesus did not come to change the laws but to fulfill them that through Him we shall all be saved from sin and live an eternal happy joyfull and peacefull life with our Father who art in Heaven.
    The people ,as is the pastor. are asleep and completely deaf and blind. They do not see the darkness that is surrounding them and the filth which is invading their very person.
    I say let Him the pastor find one verse in the Holy Book of our Father, the Bible ,that says that homosexuality is favored unto the Lord Almighty.
    It is an abomination and with that our Father will not look upon you for you are filthy and a believer of lies and not the truth.
    For this the second death will surely come upon you.
    Peace be unto you


  5. Jay says:

    No way a pastor read through all that profanity and finds it "satisfying to read" nor wants to "applaud the … nature, spirit and passion … also your impeccable logic, and gifted ability to express it in writing."

    No way that's a pastor. And that's just the first paragraph… the second and third are pretty typical pro-lgbt spin that I've seen used many times to combat religion-based opposition to their agenda.

    Internet anonymity folks. When commenting in a forum you can call yourself anything you like, claim you are whomever you like, and nobody knows if you're telling the truth.

    Remember not to just accept everything you're told, ESPECIALLY on the Internet.


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