As the news broke about Jason Collins this past week and his recent decision to come out of the closet as homosexual, I sat and watched the news. Nearly every media outlet covered it, from ABC, to HLN, to ESPN. His unveiling of his homosexuality did not surprise me. I always believed sports would be one of the last places to become openly homosexual; I believe we are at that point in society now. As I continued to watch television I began to see the overwhelming support for Jason from the media and from public figures on social media. That too did not surprise me.
What did surprise me was the support for Jason’s homosexuality from self-proclaimed followers of Jesus.
The acceptance of every lifestyle has become normative in our society. I hear it said all the time, “whatever is good for you is good for you, and what is good for me is good for me.” There is this pithy pluralistic tolerance in our day that seeks to accept anything and everything no matter ones faith or belief.
Truly, Tolerance is the new American religion. In America, more people believe in tolerance than any other world religion or belief. Our culture’s desires are to seek to please anyone and everyone no matter what they believe. Many defend their religion of Tolerance by saying that tolerance is loving, and that acceptance is loving. Even some “Christians” are converting to this new faith. Any Bible believing evangelical can tell you that sexual sin is completely incongruent with the gospel. Many times throughout scripture, we see that all sex outside of heterosexual monogamous marriage is sinful. It doesn’t surprise me that Tolerance is a big-time religion in our day, but it is surprising to see many Christians jumping ship to join in on the tolerance of sin.