It was the kiss seen around the nation. When Michael Sam became the 249th draft pick in the seventh and final round of the National Football League, the media erupted in a feeding frenzy to video his celebratory kiss with his boyfriend. There were more instant replays of that kiss than a Super Bowl touchdown, and it was orchestrated better than most halftime shows thanks to the media and the NFL. That’s because Sam is the first openly gay draft pick in the history of the game.
This darling debutant of the draft was applauded by the President, praised by Oprah, celebrated by the league, and has become an overnight media sensation. Without attending his first practice and unproven as a professional, he has garnered several commercial endorsements. But not everyone is cheering.
Matt Walsh is not impressed. He said, “if you do anything less than fall to your knees weeping tears of jubilation that a man who is sexually attracted to men was picked to play a game for a living you’re a homophobe.” He is not lying. The homosexual agenda began with a call for tolerance, but has predictably devolved into heterophobic and intolerant rants and sanctions for anyone who disagrees with their lifestyle. Ask Don Jones of the Miami Dolphins, so much for tolerance.
Picked late in the final round, the gay community is already saying it is because of his open stand on homosexuality, but others are saying it is the only reason he was picked at all. The latter seems to be the case when you consider Sam has another first under his belt. He is the first final round draft pick handed commercial endorsements without even setting foot on a practice field.
Matt Walsh is insightful when he writes, “In the Visa spot, Sam insists that he only wants to be judged for what he does on the field. A fine sentiment, but one that would have been easily accomplished had he not gone to great lengths to be applauded for what he does in the bedroom.”
Comparisons are unavoidable. Tim Tebow was slapped down by the media and the NFL for being openly Christian, but Michael Sam is celebrated and called heroic by the media and the NFL for being openly gay. What has become of our nation, a country that once boasted being founded on a Christian consensus and biblical principles?
Isaiah warns us, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil,” Isaiah 5:20. God does not warn us about the evil of sinful practices because He wants to deprive us of pleasure; He warns us because some pleasures have terrible consequences, now and later. I am afraid when it comes to homosexuality in our current culture, we are no better than Belshazzar; we cannot read the handwriting on the wall either.