Last night, hours after the final out of the Yankees' Spring Training game against the Phillies, I was at a loss as to what I would write about in this post. Yeah, A-Rod got a hit. True, the Yankees got some good pitching performances from Nathan Eovaldi and company. And of course, shortstop prospect Cito Culver made the Jeter Play.
We also found out when certain players will be making their Spring debuts (Carlos Beltran on Friday and Masahiro Tanaka late next week, for starters).
However, none of these things, in my opinion, is more interesting than what happened in Mets Camp the other day. In case you've been living under a rock, IF/LF Daniel Murphy said, "I do disagree with the fact that Billy [Bean] is a homosexual." These comments came after Bean, MLB's Ambassador for Inclusion, visited with and spoke to Murphy and his teammates. He said more, including, "just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn't mean I'm just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door."
I disagree with the fact that Murphy disagrees. Bean did not choose to be gay, which means it's not a lifestyle.
That being said, Daniel Murphy did something yesterday that conservative Christians have failed to do countless times: he expressed his views in an articulate, well-thought-out manner, without sounding like a bigot.
Murphy acknowledged that his community usually does sound bigoted: "Maybe, as [Christians] we haven't been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality. We love the people. We disagree [with] the lifestyle. That's the way I would describe it for me. It's the same way that there are aspects of my life that I'm trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There's a great deal of many things, like my pride."
If only more Christians handled the situation this way. Unfortunately, I doubt that they ever will, for one huge reason: Conservative Christians are taught from a very early age, that their religion is the truth, and every other belief system is wrong--so much so that they are totally undeserving of respect.
Murphy is trying to be respectful. You should be respectful to him, whether you agree with his beliefs or not.