I am usually loathe to write about issues regarding sexuality as they create more heat than light and rarely affirm either the Gospel or the ministry I believe I’m entrusted with.
However, a recent incident in the National Hockey League has raised my concern…and my ire.
Part of the celebration involved the Flyers wearing special “pride” jerseys during warmups.
Defenseman Ivan Provorov refused to don the jersey and sat out warmups.
“I respect everybody, and I respect everybody’s choices. My choice is to stay true to myself and my (Russian Orthodox) religion,” Provorov said after the game in explaining his decision to sit out warmups, declining any further comment on the situation. “That’s all I’m going to say.”
Putting aside what I may think of the Russian Orthodox …Provorov was simply following his religious conscience and probably avoiding issues with the government where he lives.
The Russian government is not inclusive and there are severe penalties for those who are.
The backlash against Provorov by the media has been intense and cruel…with one commentator saying he should return to Russia and be sent to the war.
His actions, done quietly and without fanfare…has been described over and over again as “hateful” and “embarrassing”.
I can and do affirm the traditional Christian view of marriage and sexuality…without any hatred whatsoever.
I am open to discussions on the matter…I’m not open to being labeled .
Cancelled some subscriptions this morning…not because I hate anyone, but some seem to hate me…I wouldn’t have worn the jersey either…