Chip And Joanna Gaines Face Heat Over Homosexuality
Chip and Joanna Gaines are a beloved couple from the HGTV show "Fixer Upper." Along with being a charming family, the Gaines are strong Christians. Though they have not made public statements about their views on homosexuality, a recent BuzzFeed article has come out attacking them for even potentially being against same-sex marriage, reports Life Site News.
The BuzzFeed article accused the Gaines of believing homosexuality is a sin because their church has preached against same-sex marriage and has encouraged gay people to convert to Christ and change their ways. The Benham Brothers, who also lost their HGTV show due to their pro-traditional marriage beliefs, are standing up to defend the Gaines. "Chip and Joanna are a wonderful family, and Chip and Joanna are believers in Jesus Christ," said David Benham. "They’re not anti-anything. They’re pro-God. They’re pro-Bible. They’re pro-people. They’re pro-Jesus...what’s happening right now is a witch hunt."
Quite surprisingly, others are coming to their aid as well, calling BuzzFeed out of line in their reporting. The Washington Post called BuzzFeed's article "dangerous," saying it was "bad journalism and bad advocacy." Even further, others are defending the Gaines by stating that true Bible-believing Christians quite obviously believe that homosexuality is a sin, as that is what the Bible says.
What's sad about this particular attack on Christians is that there is growing confusion over what Christians are to believe about homosexuality. While it used to be assumed that Christians would disagree with same-sex marriage and homosexuality, it has now become clear from the BuzzFeed piece that such dissonance is not automatically understood. And quite rightly: popular Christian voices like Jen Hatmaker are coming out in Christian support of homosexuality. So, quite naturally, there is confusion over what the true Christian stance is.
But the Benham Brothers are not adding to that confusion. In a loving way, they are encouraging Christians to hold fast to their Biblical beliefs on marriage and sexuality and to also support the Gaines as they come under fire. "We pray that millions of Americans would stick behind Chip and Joanna Gaines and support their right to believe and exercise their beliefs, which are held by millions of Americans across this country," David Benham said.
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