Christian NFL Star: I Won’t Be Silent on Bathroom Issue


Benjamin Watson says that the source of our present cultural confusion is a society without God

New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, an outspoken Christian, has weighed in on the “bathroom” issue prompted by recent legislation passed in certain states as well as actions by stores like Target allowing men to use women’s bathrooms. In a comprehensive Facebook post, he wrote:

“Fear is a powerful motivator. It has forced me to be silent when I would rather speak and to shout loudly when I would rather sit in silence. It seizes my heart and floods my mind with myriad scenarios of the possible aftermath to my comments or consequences of my actions…Many times conversation becomes mired in false, naive, and underdeveloped arguments such as claims that gender and race are analogous when that could not be further from the truth. Honestly I've been at a loss for words.”

Watson added that the words “tolerance” and “inclusivity” have been twisted, and have almost come to mean the opposite: 

“Tolerance and inclusivity has somehow turned into the very thing it claims not to be and is quite often characterized by name-calling and accusations of bigotry and hatred. Although it sometimes does, fundamental disagreement does not NECESSARILY mean hate is involved. But the immense fear of being associated with these smartly and strategically used labels forces many choose to be silent at a time when it matters most.” 

He then goes on to say that about the problem with the whole “bathroom” debate is that many are driven by feelings, and not using the power of logic to reach a conclusion:

“What's disheartening is that we are buying the lie that feelings trump all else and that how one feels can only be accepted and celebrated instead of addressed and challenged.” 

Watson concludes that the source of all of this confusion is a society without God.

“But like paper currency, of little value without its collateral backing, morals without God eventually succumb to similar perils and are rendered useless. The logical conclusion of a land where we all do what is right in our own eyes, unchecked, is lawlessness, chaos and even death…This is the crux of the matter. If I believe I am my own God, I am within all rights to do, say and believe as I please. But if I believe I was created, then he who did so is God and I am not. And my duty is to obey him for he knows what is best for those to whom he gave life.”

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