Jason and David Benham became household names last week after their scheduled do-it-yourself program was canceled by Home and Garden Television (HGTV) over their Christian beliefs on issues like gay marriage and abortion.
Speaking on the Glenn Beck Program Monday, the two said they have a message for Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft.
“Michael Sam is a talented football player and for that, he should be playing in the NFL,” David said, speaking also for his brother. “But … both heterosexual and homosexual expressions outside of the context of traditional, historic marriage between a man and a woman are not healthy for us as individuals, or for us as a nation. But we eagerly look forward to watching Michael Sam, hopefully, crush Tom Brady in the upcoming football season.”
The two said the message largely encapsulates their views, explaining that “you don’t know God” if you “don’t have a heart of love for other people.”
“When you love God, you will love others, but that does not mean you will love all ideas, [and] that does not mean that you will love all actions,” David explained. “God doesn’t love all of my actions, no matter what they are. My heterosexual adulterous longings, at times, he doesn’t love that. Those must stop. And it’s the same way for any type of action that’s outside of the will of God.”
David said that since the media firestorm that led to their show’s cancellation began, many of their closest associates in the sphere of reality television have fled, but there has been an outpouring of support from Americans across the country.
Jason said he and his brother have always operated their business according to one principle, “and that’s to lift up Jesus Christ.”
“When you hold everything that God has given you with an open hand, then he never has to pry your fingers loose when it’s going to be removed,” he said evenly. “So we’re holding it with an open hand. Our reputation is not ours. Whatever we have is from God.”
Beck has said since the controversy began that if the brothers are who they say they are — good Christians with love in their hearts, whose words were taken out of context or fabricated by the media — he will proudly stand with them.
“We, at this network, stand with anyone who is being bullied,” Beck said Monday. “Anybody who is being bullied for their views, whether they are atheist, gay, Muslim, liberal, Christian, doesn’t matter! I may not agree with their worldview … but we have the civil right to be who we are, and to believe what we believe, and not be persecuted for it, period.”
Beck grew increasingly passionate as he asked: “In a sea of self-preserving cowards, hoping against hope that time will cure all injustice, who will stand? Who will stand with those who lose their jobs because of what they believe? Who will stand when it is uncomfortable to do so, or unpopular? I will stand. This network will stand. I believe you will stand.”
Beck was able to speak further with Jason and David Benham about faith and their future in an extended, web exclusive. You can watch the complete video, below.
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