I don’t know about you, but I can hardly beleive there are Christian footy players boycotting a game because they don’t want to wear pride jerseys.
Seven of the Manly Sea Eagles players say that wearing a pride jersey is an affront to their Christian faith. That might be the case, but I can’t help noticing their faith hasn’t stopped them wearing jerseys promoting gambling. It could be argued that as Christians they ought to be more concerned about the effect that gambling advertising has on society.
What also disappointed was to find the Anglican and Roman Catholic Archbishops weighing in on the issue. After the scandals in their own churches in recent years I hardly think they are in a position of moral authority to pass any judgement. In fact, I would strongly suggest both men do more to clean up their own organisations before picking on others because of their sexuality.
It could be argued that this sort of response from the churches shows why increasing numbers of people no longer wish to align themselves as Christian.
Admittedly Des Hasler and the club could have handled the Manly pride jersey issue better, but nonetheless their intentions were noble. That is, extending warmth and loving compassion to people who deserve acceptance rather than condemnation. That’s surely the Christ-like thing to do.