Michael Sam, whose greatest accomplishment is being gay, was honored at the ESPYs for his “courage.”
Sam’s powerful message: “To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like you don’t fit in, or are not accepted, great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself.”
What does “being yourself” mean? Liberal trendsetters and barrier breakers don’t have the introspection to ask. Granted, every individual is unique in some way. Is every personal trait, right on down to its emotional and physical expression, innate and incorruptible? If so, then no cultural standard of behavior can be rightly expected of people—not even of most hated man in America, Donald Sterling. He, too, was “born this way.”
Sterling was mocked at the ESPYs by emcee Drake, who’s used worse language in his rap songs than Sterling ever dreamed of saying, publicly or privately:
“Back when if a nigga reached it was for the weapon/ Nowadays niggas reach just to sell they record.” –Drake
A standard does exist. It’s an infantile inversion of the standard that worked for everyone, because it succumbed the flawed self to it. It’s anything goes that was once not permitted by stodgy Christians, wealthy white men, patriarchy, etc. It’s a PC standard and a lie at its core.
The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage is named after a black tennis player. Skin pigment is meaningless, purely accidental. You can’t change your inherited skin color. Sexuality is an act, behavioral, subject to the will. It’s part of one’s personal conduct that speaks to the content of one’s character, like using foul words. Or is that genetic and therefore excusable as well?
Coming out didn’t take courage. He’s profited from his public sexuality. If he weren’t the gay football player everyone adored, he’d be a forgettable seventh-round NFL draft pick.
Being better than yourself takes courage. Calling a sin a sin for the cause of Christ takes courage.