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Saturday, February 10, 2007

John Amaechi Stirs the Pot

Former journeyman NBA forward-center John Amaechi, 36, has professed publicly that he's homosexual and is preparing to be more active in promoting the legitimization of his sexual preference.. Because of his former high profile job his story is making waves in the media. As one might expect, the media has conducted several interviews for those in support of both his sexual preference and his decision to go public with the news. This always puts "homophobes" back in the spotlight as recalcitrant, misguided bigots.

It's not likely the pro-homosexual community will sway homophobes into a new way of thinking because of Amechi's declaration nor is it likely the converse will take place. What may be helpful though is to reframe the debate and see that only workings of the Triune God and His love of His saints stand a chance to make a difference.

The pro-homosexual community typically argues that "homophobes" are closed-minded and in need of "reparation therapy" to help rid themselves of their hostile, bigotted thoughts and actions. Christophiles would say if homosexuals were consistent they would congratulate "homophobes" for remaining open-minded and committed to their beliefs and for rejecting reparation therapy knowing once a homophobe, always a homophobe (i.e. the I-was-born-this-way argument).

America is becoming more tolerant of homosexuality for a number of reasons. Americans more and more are justifying their own particular sins and as such find it hypocritical to condemn someone else for practicing their sins. With sin becoming more commonly accepted people refrain from opposing it publicly because people want to be liked. Moreover, the homosexual community is a defined voting block coveted by both major political parties. This is why HIV+ garners more media attention than say chronic Lymes Disease or autism.

Just because someone has a lengthy history of having same sex attraction doesn't mean it's acceptable behavior. If a married person finds themself attracted to another person does that mean they were born an adulterer and should divorce to accommodate their rediscovered natural desires?

John Amaechi's 15 minutes of fame will go the way of Esera Tualo's and Greg Louganis'. (Who? Try google). The media will strive mightily to make it 16 minutes.


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