When the Washington Nationals traded three-time all-star Daniel Murphy to the Cubs, it was surprising, yet it also made sense for all parties involved. In a nutshell, the Nats were able to clear up some cap space while acquiring a young prospect. The Cubs acquired a savvy batter as they make a push to win their second World Series in three years, and Daniel Murphy gets to display his prowess on the playoff stage heading into free agency. Win, win, win.
For SJWs, however, the move by the Cubs is deserving of contempt because Daniel Murphy isn’t deserving of employment. His sin? Expressing his orthodox Christian beliefs about homosexuality.
Three years ago, while with the New York Mets, Murphy was asked about his thoughts on gay baseball players. The question arose because the Mets invited openly-gay ex-player Billy Bean to visit and speak with the team. Murphy politely answered, but his answer didn’t bow down to the false god of the sexual revolution. You see, Murphy explained:
I disagree with his lifestyle. I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.
Continuing, and adding to his “sin” by folding his own faith into his answer, Murphy bravely said:
Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality. We love the people. We disagree with the lifestyle. … I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn’t mean I’m just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That’s not love. That’s not love at all.
A lot has happened in the three years since Daniel Murphy gave an honest answer to a question he was asked, and our society is almost completely sold-out to worshipping the sexual revolution. Any criticism of the ever-growing list of celebrated sexualities is now totally anathema. Daniel Murphy found that out after the trade.
Almost immediately after the trade was announced, Murphy’s comments were dredged up and defenders of the LGBTQ community were demanding to know why the Cubs thought so little of their gay fans. Co-owner of the Cubs Laura Ricketts, who is gay, was put on the hot seat and called to answer for her apparent betrayal of the gay community. Yesterday in a tweet, she “defended” herself against the criticisms.
Since several people have asked…yes, I was consulted prior to the Daniel Murphy trade. There were several thoughtful conversations among Cubs executives, my brothers and me, as well as with Billy Bean, MLB’s Ambassador for Inclusion and the subject of Daniel’s 2015 comments.
— Laura Ricketts (@LMRicketts) August 26, 2018
Even though the critics are still howling and demanding a boycott of the Cubs, Daniel Murphy is employed and his employers are supporting him as far as that goes. No doubt, as the playoff race heats up, the excitement of baseball fans will drown out even the most heated critics. This time.
Next time, be it Daniel Murphy or another Christian ballplayer, or be it the guy working behind the deli counter in your neighborhood grocery store, the outcome will probably look a little different. And the next time after that, even worse. Until, one day, those who hold to a biblical sexual ethic will be denied employment over their religious beliefs, all under the guise of tolerance.
Many Christians believe that the mob will never turn their pitchforks in their direction. Make no mistake, as Daniel Murphy has discovered, we are quickly approaching the point where being a conservative Christian will have immense negative consequences.