After speaking the truth about homosexuality, professional rugby player Israel Folau is facing the possibility of losing his career. And he’s fine with that.
After Folau shared an Instagram post referencing James 1:2-4, the professional rugby player and outspoken Christian was asked in the comment section what God’s plan is for homosexuals. Speaking truth with love, Folau’s response was based on 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, that says, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Predictably, the uproar was swift and fierce with many people calling him a bigot and a homophobe. Writing in the Player’s Voice, Folau explains,
I do not know the person who asked the question, but that didn’t matter. I believed he was looking for guidance and I answered him honestly and from the heart. I know a lot of people will find that difficult to understand, but I believe the Bible is the truth and sometimes the truth can be difficult to hear.
Israel Folau is demonstrating what Jesus meant by those words. By refusing to recant the truth, Folau proves that he loves Jesus more than he does his lucrative career as a professional rugby player.
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