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Sunday, August 14, 2016

NBA Players Should Boycott Their All-Star Game

If the malevolent hypocritical fools in charge of the NBA don’t reverse their decision to pull the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of the city of Charlotte, every NBA player with a shred of sense of what is good and right should refuse to play in the mid-season contest.

As they rush to see who can grovel the most upon the blood- and semen-stained altar that houses the perverse priests and priestesses of the LGBT movement, many of the major U.S. professional sports organizations—but especially the NBA—are taking nearly every opportunity to undermine eternal truths on sex, sexuality, and the family.

Goose-stepping along with the rest of the liberal elite in ignorant opposition to a common sense law (HB2) that reversed a foolish Charlotte city ordinance, about three weeks ago the NBA decided to pull their All-Star game from the city of Charlotte. Ignoring science and sound morality, in late February of this year, liberals on the Charlotte City Council passed an ordinance that would allow men into women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and so on. As is typical with the left, the ordinance did not apply only to city-owned property, but to private businesses as well. In other words, Charlotte liberals “legislated morality,” and they did so to the point of forcing all of its citizens to adhere to perverse liberal dogma. All the North Carolina legislature did was correct such an egregious wrong.

The very same ordinance failed the Charlotte City Council in March of 2015. Nevertheless, three months later, the NBA awarded Charlotte the All-Star Game. Somehow the ideas of “core values” and “diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others” evaded NBA Commissioner Adam Silver until July of this year.

Thank goodness a more enlightened city—New Orleans—will now have a chance to host the NBA’s All-Star Game. But wait, as Dr. Michael Brown points out, in terms of bathroom access, there’s no fundamental difference between New Orleans and Charlotte. In other words, the NBA moved their All-Star Game out of Charlotte merely as a stunt to score political points. What’s more, the state of Louisiana—like the state of North Carolina—along with 22 other states, has joined in a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration’s gross overreach in the transgender bathroom battle.

Since there’s no way a biological female could ever compete in the NBA—you know, because of biology, anatomy, physiology, and all of those other stubborn science things—I’ll accept that the NBA really believes in “transgender rights” the moment they allow biological males to compete in the WNBA. (Maybe then people would actually watch!) Perhaps Jason Collins—the NBA’s seven-foot, 250-plus pound poster-boy for “tolerance”—could be the first “transgender” WNBA star.

It’s little surprise that the corporate elites at the NBA share a perverse worldview with most other corporate and political elites across America. However, I am disappointed that none of the faithful among the NBA players has spoken out against their league’s foolishness in this matter. Many high profile NBA players are noted for their Christian faith—Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, and Dwight Howard, to name a few. Lebron James has been recently noted for giving glory to God and even referencing the return of Christ. As this Olympics season has again revealed, it’s not uncommon for U.S. athletes to praise God and point to Christ after their success. I’m always thankful for those moments. I think it’s important that we all give glory to God for whatever we achieve in this life. After all, He created us. He gives us every good thing that we have, so certainly we should praise and honor Him in our victories.

However, as most seasoned Christians know, it’s rather easy to be thankful and filled with praise when we’ve won things, but what about being obedient and truthful when it’s difficult and unpopular? In fact, if we walk with Christ long at all in this world, we are much more likely to be given opportunities for the latter. Given the spiritual battles raging in our culture, this is certainly true when it comes to matters in the sexual realm.

As I noted last year, the NFL’s Ben Watson (like myself, a University of Georgia alumnus) is a great example of a professional athlete who has used his high-profile platform to speak truth to Americans. After the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, in late November of last year, Watson wrote,

I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through…his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.

After the Supreme Court’s infamous ruling on marriage, Watson declared,

Relative morality is as capricious as the wind, leaving each generation to do what is right in their own eyes, while unknowingly undermining the exact concept of “right” that they are so desperately trying to attain. Instead of shooting for the mark, we lower it, doing what is good for “us” at the time, effectually creating our own truth, which when taken to its logical conclusion is always problematic. 
We, as a nation, have continued our course into dangerous waters, shaking our fist and becoming our own gods. This individual Supreme Court ruling is not the cause, but simply evidence of how far we’ve gradually drifted. The moral decay of America is not unlike moral decay in my own life, as I continually battle against self rule. It’s a gradual decline. The tire usually doesn’t spontaneously blow out. No, it’s an aggravating slow leak, that needs constant refilling of air, until eventually, busyness takes precedence and the now unattended to tire is completely flat. Life’s proverbial morality tire responds in much the same way. It’s neglecting to read and respect the Bible. It’s listening to or watching things that aren’t uplifting. It’s allowing myself a second look. It’s removing prayer from schools and our homes. It’s legalizing the murder of babies in the womb. It’s glorifying promiscuity and reducing sex to a simple physical animalistic act. It’s objectifying woman and praising the “playa”. It’s condoning divorce. It’s standing by in silence. It’s ignoring the promptings of the Spirit. It’s Christians, myself included, not living like Christians.

These are powerful words, and we need more of them from high-profile Christians. However, if we are going to change our culture in the most significant battles of our time, our efforts must go beyond words. We need actions, and we especially need them from those who would garner the most attention. If only the half-dozen NBA players mentioned above took a stand and declared that they would refuse to participate in their league’s All-Star Game unless it was returned to Charlotte, the world would notice.

One of our greatest acts of love is telling people uncomfortable truths that they don’t want to hear. The sad fact is that, like those struggling with sexual sin, those struggling with gender-identity are hurting and in deep pain. They need truth and healing, not lies and accommodation.

(See this column at American Thinker.)

Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America

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