Manny Pacquiao is a world-renowned boxer. He is an 8 time world boxing champion from the Philippines who has a strong faith in Jesus. But comments he made recently when asked about same-sex marriage have him in the ring of public outrage.
What the media is saying: The headlines you're probably seeing about Pacquiao are about how he said homosexuals are "worse than animals." This has lit up the LGBT community, with a popular gay comedian in the Philippines to issue the hashtag: #PrayForMannyPacquiao, saying, “Some people think they can judge people like God just because they’ve attended a prayer meeting and read the Bible. The Senate needs experts on politics and law, not blind prophets.” In addition, Nike just ended their endorsement with him, with many applauding them for punishing his "bigotry."
What he actually said: But Life Site News sheds light on what he actually said, in full context. “It’s common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve male on male, female on female then man is worse than animals.” When hearing his actual comments, you can hear the logic that he is making: that even animals know it is natural to mate with the opposite sex. And it's not unlike what the Bible says.
What the Bible says: "They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved" (Romans 1:25-27).
Because of the intense misunderstanding and backlash from the public, Pacquiao clarified what he said: “I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt. I still stand on my belief that I'm against same-sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I'm not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I'm praying for you.”
We admire Pacquiao's convictions is standing for Biblical marriage and God's word. It's sad that our culture lashes out at Biblical truth. What do you think of his comments and the media's reaction to them? Let us know your thoughts and if you could, post a little prayer for him and his family! Thank you so much!