Today, Michael Sam, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. Now you may ask yourself who is Michael Sam? He’s the first openly gay NFL draft pick. Upon hearing what team he’d been drafted by, Michael Sam celebrated by giving his boyfriend a kiss and the cameras were rolling to capture said kiss. ESPN has since been playing the video of the kiss on an endless loop. While I consider myself a football fan, my ‘fandom’ does not rise to the level of following all the sensation that surrounds the drafts. So I would not have been privy to this celebratory kiss if I weren’t on the phone with a friend of mine who was disgusted by such a display of affection and could not understand why ESPN kept showing it.
Now I’m guessing cameras are present as most of these NFL hopefuls await news that will change the trajectory of their lives to catch their reaction. And yet my friend was baffled because instead of it being a man kissing his lady or family members, it was two men kissing. And that, my dear friends, was reason enough for there to actually be an article with accompanying video here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/10/michael-sam-kiss_n_5302824.html of the kiss just in case anyone (like me) doesn’t tune into ESPN for their daily dose of all things sports related.
As this story runs on news stations and appears on the internet, the one consistently pervasive thought I’ve had since I saw this story is “who cares”? I don’t mean this in a cavalier way but at what point does anyone’s sexuality matter? Should I give a press conference to announce I’m heterosexual? Is the default automatically that you’re heterosexual until a preponderance of evidence suggests otherwise? And again, who cares? A person’s sexual preference does not affect their ability to be a functioning, contributing member of society so what difference does it make? Will we as a society ever get to the point where this label ceases to exist or carry any weight?
I recognize there’s a whole other side to this issue in that the Bible states that homosexuality is a sin. And I am, if nothing else, a Christian. However, shouldn’t the log in my eye be be dealt with before I can even think of the speck in someone else’s eye? It seems that folks stand in judgement and wave the Bible as their means to do so. But doesn’t the Bible state “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye – Matthew 7:1-5.
So how do we judge others but so easily rationalize away our own behavior?