Would you believe me if I told you that even though I believe homosexuality is a sin, that I would gladly welcome Jason Collins if he showed up at our church? I would. Would you believe me if I told you I had a friendly exchange with a lesbian today? I did. Would you believe me if I told you I don't hate gays? I don't.
Yet I can't celebrate someone coming out unless it is a different kind of coming out. You see, every day Christians own our sin as well. But we shouldn't own it as a badge of courage or pride. I struggle with self-centeredness and pride and lust and impatience. I don't tell you that to show you how content I am with who I am or to find acceptance with a community of similar sinners. We acknowledge and confess our disobedience to God as something from which we must find forgiveness and turn away. That's why I'm no better than Jason Collins or any other homosexual or other kind of sinner. I'm a sinner too. I too need God's grace and the forgiveness that only comes through Christ. So if Jason came to our church, I would call him to confess and repent just like I seek to do for others who continue in their disobedience and don't repent. I would point him to the marvelous Savior, Jesus, as I seek to do for all who worship with us each Sunday. I would seek to show him the freedom that comes with knowing and loving and trusting God.
I don't doubt that it took courage for Jason Collins to do what he did. But it would take even more for him to "come out" in repentance and faith.