Why I Am Pissed About Jason Collins

Last night the big NBA story came out, well more like NBA basketball player Jason Collins came out. In a story for Sports Illustrated, the Wizard player announced to the world that he is gay.

Now I know that lots of you will expect me to speak out against homosexuality, because after all, I am a Christian. I am not outraged at homosexuality, it's everywhere, it's even in the Bible. But for the record I am against homosexuality because I believe it is a lifestyle choice. More so, I don't think that anything that places a person's identity in sexuality can align with God's character or plan for the people he loves.

I don't really want to argue the sexuality-nature-nurture-God's-Justice-vs-Gods-Grace-homosexuality-Christians-are-so-judgemental-you-have-to-accept-me issue. I'm really more pissed that President Obama called Jason Collins and congratulated him on being gay.

I mean it's not bad enough that our Vice President spent $1 million dollars of tax payers money on a two day trip to Paris. Or that the Obama family so kindly didn't spend their own money giving each other gifts last Christmas, they just spent $20 million of our dollars to jet off to Hawaii to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus together in the surf.

Now on the President's agenda, along with Late Night Show interviews and other celebrity appearances, the President feels compelled to call an NBA player, that most likely he doesn't even really know, and say “Yay, You're Gay!”

I know some of you are thinking that the President lives in a free country and can call who he wants. But I'm just saying–Not on my dime. I'm not okay with that. I would much rather Mr. President call maybe the wife of the soldier who lost both his legs fighting in the war, and now their marriage is on brink of failure but they are pushing through to try and make it work. And maybe he could say to them, “Yay! You're doing it!”

Perhaps he could pick up the cell phone that we pay the bill on and call the veteran of two wars, who just can't get a job with the government because there is a job hiring freeze because due to an excess of money spent on Paris and Hawaii. Daily this soldier battles PTSD and severe pain, but hasn't been able to get a disability claim approved or paid in the last two years because no one will return his calls and the government doesn't have the staff or the money to actually support the soldiers that fight to make sure that NBA players can make millions and our President can freely support same sex relationships. Yah, he could call that guy and say thanks for serving our country. Or even better–President Obama could call someone at the VA and ask them to pay out the soldiers claim.

And maybe when First Lady Michelle Obama says that a NBA player coming out of the closet is a huge step forward for our country, maybe she could mean that when families are actually able to pay their rent, and people are actually able to get jobs, and students can actually finish school without being hundreds of thousands in debt.


I guess I'm just fed up. I'm tired of the President wanting to be more friend of the celebrity than the leader of our nation. It's getting really old, it's making me nauseous. I find myself losing hope for our future, wondering why God would allow such authority over our country–why we tolerate such authority.

Luckily my hope is in Jesus–Jesus is the Hope for Real Change.

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33



6 thoughts on “Why I Am Pissed About Jason Collins

  1. I feel the same exact way! It all makes me so angry. I’m super fed up as well. Just so frustrating. Thankful for God to rely on no matter what…definitely glad He keeps me joyful throughout all of this nonsense.

    1. You’re so right, Tiff. It all makes me sick…this president is sooooo useless. I’m glad, too, that my hope is found in Jesus Christ, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to cope with all the crap that goes on in this country!

  2. I don’t think President Obama was congratulating him on being gay, but for having the courage to come out in the open and be truthful to everyone around him, including the public. A man, who is constantly in the spotlight and whose career surrounds him with men whom in the past would have shunned another man for admitting that he was gay, should be congratulated on the immense amount of courage it must have taken to come forth and risk everything to be truthful.

    1. Karey, thanks so much for coming by and thanks for your thoughts. You are right that the President was congratulating him for his courage but my point is that there are so many more courageous acts in this country right now that deserve personal Presidential recognition rather than someone speaking out about sexuality. I personally feel it was a publicity thing on the Presidents part, because the coming out involved a celebrity.

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