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Several Tampa Bay Rays baseball players declined to wear customized uniforms worn by their teammates for the team’s annual LGBT pride night Saturday June 4. They cited the celebration of LGBT activism as a conflict with their Christian faith. The Rays held an LGBT pride night on Saturday during the team’s home game against the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field. The night is one of several events hosted by MLB teams during the month recognized by LGBT activists as “pride month.”
The Rays had announced on Twitter that the team’s players would wear Rays uniforms with gay pride rainbow-colored sunburst on their sleeves and baseball caps with the Tampa Bay Rays logo emblazoned with the rainbow colors. But while most players wore the uniforms, several team members declined to wear the customized clothing and opted rather to wear their standard uniforms. The reason they gave for their action is that the LGBT activism conflicted with the tenets of their Christian faith. One of the dissenting players, Jason Adam, elaborated in an interview with The Tampa Bay Times. He said, “A lot of it comes down to faith, a faith-based decision. It’s a hard decision. Because ultimately we all said what we want is [for] them to know that all are welcomed and loved here. But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided that it’s just a lifestyle … that maybe we don’t want to encourage. If we believe in Jesus, who’s encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior, just like (Jesus) encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside the confines of marriage. It’s no different.”
Adam defended his stance as “not judgmental” and “not looking down.” He stressed that “we love these men and women, we care about them, and we want them to feel safe and welcome here.” The Times identified the other players who declined to wear the Pride-themed uniforms as pitchers Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson. In a statement to local news outlet WFLA, Thompson asserted that he and his four teammates spent a couple of weeks in prayer and study of the Scripture on the subject at hand to arrive at their decision.
We join with Evangelist Franklin Graham, who praised those Rays players who refused to wear the LGBT-endorsing clothing. He said, “I appreciate these Tampa Bay Rays players who said no to endorsing and celebrating sin during Saturday night’s game,” he wrote on Face Book last Monday. “Followers of Jesus Christ must love everyone, but they must also stand with the truth of God’s Word and share that truth with a lost and dying world.” May God’s blessing be upon those players who took their stand for the Kingdom of God. Amen!
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