He is also perhaps the most hated player in baseball today…or is he?
Murphy drew the ire of many with his comments on baseball executive Billy Bean, an openly gay man.
These are the comments that drew the wrath of some and led to an article in The Athletic called ‘A Lesbian’s Guide To Rooting For the Cubs With Daniel Murphy”
(Side note to The Athletic…I subscribe for sports coverage, not for social causes. The beauty of subscriptions are that they can be cancelled.)
“I disagree with his lifestyle,” Murphy said. “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.”
He went on to say;
“Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality,” he said. “We love the people. We disagree the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There’s a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn’t mean I’m just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That’s not love. That’s not love at all.”
What Murphy said was pretty much both a reflection of 2000 years of Christian moral theology and a good example of how one should speak to the culture from that theology.
His reward has been to be reviled as a “bigot” and “homophobe” and to be the subject of nearly hysterical articles like the one linked.
One of the interesting things I’ve noted is that there are many who believe that people become Christians to justify pre existing “bigotry” instead of believing that their faith informs their views of moral issues.
Faith, tradition, and even science, are not allowed to nuance these conversations.
To be blunt, I really didn’t want to write this article as the blowback won’t lead to any sort of mutual understanding, but more conflict and hardening.
I wrestle with this issue as my interest in what people do in their bedrooms is nil and I have no desire to police any antics that consenting adults want to participate in.
However, I have yet to be persuaded that we have any solid basis to overturn those ancient moral and theological standards that the church has always held.
I’m open, I’m listening, but I’m not close to persuaded.
I am not homophobic…I fear heights and bats, but other peoples sexual activity doesn’t faze me.
I do fear one other thing…the impact that all these changing norms are having on children.
What I believe I’m seeing is that this group of gay advocates are so hell bent on complete acceptance of their choices by every institution that they are willing to use children as pawns to do so.
I don’t believe a five year old can “know” they are transsexual, nor do I believe that most children get a handle on their sexuality before their teen years,
To be blunt, I think pushing these notions on children is demonic in every sense of the word.
While I’m not “homophobic” I do believe that some folks are “Christaphobic”.
They “hate” Christians, because while Christians may love them, live in peace with them, work with them, or simply ignore them, they demand full affirmation or war.
I will give neither, but will continue to practice my faith following Christ to the best of my ability.
Sometimes, I’ll have to speak the things my faith demands and I hope I do so in love and clarity.
This isn’t a time for mumbling…