Chip and Joanna Gaines are stars of the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper. They also happen to be Christians. To a mentally and emotionally balanced human being, those two facts are not necessarily related. One need not agree with their religious views to enjoy the show. Indeed, one need not even know their religious views in order to enjoy the show. Their show is about home remodeling, not theology. Chip Gaines could be a Shintao monk and Joanna could be a high level Scientologist and it wouldn't make their designs any more or less appealing.
But leftists don't see it that way. Faithful Christians are simply not allowed to achieve visibility and stardom on a media platform other than Fox News or EWTN. Any who slip through the cracks must be systematically destroyed. And that is what various liberal outlets have set about to do this week, after BuzzFeed published a startling investigative report "uncovering" a dark and terrifying secret about the church Chip and Joanna attend. According to a story written by "journalist" Kate Aurthur, published under the tag "fail," the pastor of their church teaches that -- get ready to for this -- homosexual sex is a sin.
Cosmopolitan magazine, Us Weekly, Jezebel and other cyber cesspools of impotent leftist rage have taken this breaking news and run with it. I won't link to any of their articles but I'm sure that isn't necessary anyway. To give you flavor of how this "news" is being covered, here's the first paragraph of the Cosmo piece:
The fourth season of HGTV's wildly popular show Fixer Upper premiered on Tuesday night, and while hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines were just as lovable as ever, a recent deep-dive from Buzzfeed has uncovered something many fans will likely want an explanation for.
Fans might want an explanation, Cosmo insists, as to why Pastor Seibert at Antioch Community Church believes that marriage is "defined by God" and that gay people should "direct their passions rightly" according to "how God created them." The shrieking feminists over at Jezebel admit that Chip and Joanna's own views are not known, but they surmise that we can assume their personal beliefs based on the fact that the Gaines' have never remodeled a home for a transgender couple:
Would Chip and Joanna televise their giddy reveal of shiplap behind the walls of a married transgender couple’s home? How about a married gay couple who’s pretty sure they can’t be converted to heterosexuality? We’re not sure, as “the spokesperson for Antioch said she could not speak for Chip and Joanna.” But, writes Aurthur, “Seibert clearly does not offer any wiggle room on the issue.”
That might be because there are only 12 "transgender couples" in the country and none of them live in Waco. Or it might be that Chip and Joanna believe what their pastor preaches and do not want to be responsible for normalizing and promoting perversion. Or it might be that none of this is any of your business, leftist bloggers, so kindly shut your traps.
Again, I don't know how Chip and Joanna feel about the morality of gay marriage. They are under no obligation to share that information with anyone, and they are not in a position where it is at all necessary that they do. But I do know a few things that these progressive witch hunters should keep in mind:
1. There is nothing shocking about a Christian who opposes gay marriage.
Homosexuality is explicitly condemned in the Bible (our holy book, if you're not familiar) on several occasions. Marriage is plainly and directly defined as a union between a man and a woman in the Old Testament and then again in the New Testament. Christ Himself spoke on the issue and His answer couldn't have been clearer: “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Every Christian who is a Christian -- that is, every Christian in the world who accepts and professes the teachings of Christ -- believes that gay marriage is an abomination. Every. Single. One. You are a fool of immeasurable proportions if you're shocked by this. I can't imagine how sheltered a person must be to actually feel surprised upon learning, or even suspecting, that a Christian might in fact believe in Christianity. We've believed this and proclaimed it for two thousand years, guys. Where have you been?
And we've been tortured, slaughtered, and persecuted all over the world for our beliefs. Millions of Christians have died to defend the Faith. Why haven't you people gotten the message yet? A great many Christians believe deeply in every aspect of Christian teaching, and we will continue to believe in it until Kingdom come. We make no apologies. We offer no trigger warnings or compromises. This is what we believe, and we are many, and we are ancient. We have defeated empires. We have traveled to every corner of the globe spreading our message. We created western civilization and built it around the very doctrines that you find so utterly shocking and appalling. We aren't going anywhere, leftists, and we aren't shutting up.
2. We are not alone.
It's not just us, by the way. Every devout Muslim agrees with us on the gay marriage question. As does every Orthodox Jew. As do the devout and traditional adherents of virtually every other religion on Earth. Two gay men may, unfortunately, find some so-called "Christian churches" in America that will marry them (although the majority still will not). But those same men will have a much tougher time finding a mosque in Saudi Arabia or a Hindu temple in India that will perform the ceremony.
Yet I can't help but notice that prominent Muslims in this country are never subject to this kind of scrutiny. Only Christians must publicly renounce the fundamental tenets of their faith in order to be deemed worthy of fame and success. It turns out that the liberal thought police are not only contemptuous, cowardly, and narrow minded, but incredibly inconsistent on top of it all.
3. You undermine your own arguments when you pull these kinds of stunts.
I have been told over and over again that your sex life is none of my business. It's not relevant to my life, you say. I shouldn't have an opinion about it. I should carry on with my day and let you do your thing, whatever (or whoever) that thing may be. Well, I've never really bought this argument for a host of reasons. It is relevant to my life that liberals are attempting to normalize hedonism, moral relativism, and perversion. You want to shape our culture a certain way, according to your belief system, and we Christians want to shape it a different way. These issues are therefore relevant to us all.
But it seems that I'm not alone in my dismissal of your argument. It seems you dismiss it also. After all, if your sex life is nobody's business, why do you need Chip and Joanna Gaines to publicize their opinions about it? Why do you need everyone to endorse your sexual exploits if your sexual exploits are no concern of ours? Why are leftist bloggers calling the Gaines' public relations director to demand an official statement on the morality of sodomy? Why does it matter to you? Is your sex life personal or is it so public that two people can't even host a home remodeling show on HGTV unless they've given your sex life their enthusiastic and public approval?
Which one is it, leftists? You have to choose. You can't have it both ways.
But whatever way you decide to go, and however Chip and Joanna personally feel about gay marriage, just know that millions of Christians believe what Pastor Seibert taught. We've believed it for 2,000 years, and we'll believe it for 2,000 more and into eternity. You're just going to have to deal with it.