Ever since Jason Collins announced that he was gay, making him the first active athlete in male professional sports, we have heard a ton of reactions from many different people, from many different walks of life. But the one group that has been taking a lot of heat this past week has been those who call themselves Christian. This is because places like ESPN have tried to put people on the air that are willing to give their opinion that stands in opposition to Collins and others of the gay community. These individuals, like Chris Broussard and Asante Samuel, have suddenly become the voice of all Christians, and that certainly isn’t very fair. Nor should we look at people on message boards, commenting sections, Twitter and Facebook as the voice of the religion. There really is only one voice of that religion, and that is Jesus Christ. Kirk Cousins, the back up QB for the Washington Redskins, and a man who would identify himself as a Christian, appears to understand this.
While speaking wtih MLive.com, Cousins was asked for his reaction to the whole Jason Collins coming out story, as well as the reactions to it. Cousins gave what only could be looked at as a great response:
“very, very sensitive issue, and something I haven’t given a whole lot of thought to.”
“But I think we need to show love to every single person on this Earth,” he said. “Jesus showed love to everybody, and whether it was Mary Magdalene, who was a prostitute had seven demons inside her, he showed love to her, and he didn’t have a problem with her.
“Jesus called on a tax collector, Matthew, to be one of his disciples, and while many Jewish people had a problem with Matthew, Jesus didn’t have a problem with Matthew. What Jesus wanted was for Matthew to grow.
“At the end of the day, anybody in our locker room who is struggling with something and isn’t perfect – which would be everybody in the locker room – my attitude would be that I want to show love to them in a way that shows them Jesus, and hope that they can encounter the same love that I encountered from Jesus that saved my life.”
The last paragraph may give some an uneasy feeling if they tend to read too much into it. But I think Cousins gets it and has a better understanding of what Christianity is all about.