Friday, May 16, 2014

What Will We Tell the Kids?

This is what's known as a "Kiss Cam" shot. It is a common entertainment at sporting events around the country.The camera picks out a couple, places them in the center of the heart and everyone expects them to kiss.

In public.

Before God and tens of thousands in the stadium.

No one thinks anything of it. It's cute. Kissing is good.

Unless you're Michael Sam and his boyfriend.

Then people go crazy over a public kiss between two people who love each other.

What in the world will we tell the kids? How can we explain this? What can we say?

Simple- tell them two people who love each other were overwhelmed by the honest emotions of the moment.

I hope Michael Sam makes it as a pro football player. Like many pioneers before him, breaking boundaries and prejudices can be tough.

Back in the mid-1970s when women were first being "allowed" to be clergy in the church they were often expected to be perfect, no blemishes, no problems that men were regularly excused from. One little misstep and they "boo-birds" were there to gloat in their obviously true and proper position that women can't do that- and shouldn't. Because "the Bible said so!"

Or go back to # 42 for the Dodgers in the mid-1940s. The crap that Jackie Robinson had to put up with is inexcusable. Yet it was often supported by "the Bible tells us so!"

Is Michael Sam as important as Robinson or the women clergy pioneers of the 70s?

In his own way, I would say "Yes!" I wish him the best. He has a long road ahead of him.

May he stay on track and not allow the craziness that is sure to swirl around him to de-focus him from what he wants to do.

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