The Christian witness of Ben Watson...

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The play will never be forgotten. It was during the 2005 AFC Divisional game between the New England Pats and the Denver Broncos. Watch the video. Pats tight end Ben Watson got his man. Watson is at it again, posting this excellent response to all the sturm and drang over North Carolina passing a law that forbids men from crashing the ladies room. Here are a couple excerpts: that gender and race are analogous ...could not be further from the truth.

In today's climate ...we are forced to pick a side. Many times, unfortunately, it's the side we hope is right. And by right I do not mean moral or logical, as it should. I mean the side that will protect us from public backlash and probable financial loss. The side that places us in the perceived majority, the middle of a strong current where we can ride the wave of "progress". We feel the tug to be on what some coin "the right side of history." The subsequent fear of conformity can feel like fire in our throats at times. Tolerance and inclusivity has somehow turned into the very thing it claims not to be...

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It's not about MY daughters, MY sons, MY wife or even ME feeling violated, uncomfortable or threatened in the bathroom although these are definitely reasons enough. It's not about how obvious it is to ME that the privacy of men and women should be a given when using these types of facilities. It's not even about the many times I've "harmlessly" shared a bathroom facility with an individual who unbeknownst to me was transgendered or transitioning.

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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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Compassion is the gift of those who have been forgiven for they know the filth from which they continue to be rescued. Love is not love if it sacrifices truth. And that truth must not be held hostage by fear.

May we proceed in this arena and all others accordingly.

It's not accidental this piece is written by an African American. For decades, they've been ahead of us in sexual decadence. No cost of that decadence is hypothetical to them. There's a passion and purity to black men opposing feminism and sodomy that brings them moral authority no white man can approach.

Back when all the white Promise Keepers executives were trying to shut down any of their preachers proclaiming God's call to men to lead, the one man they wouldn't touch was Pastor Tony Evans. He continued to preach God's Word unimpeded. Similarly, when Tim Keller fired one of his pastors for speaking up in support of submission to their denomination's constitutional requirement of male-only church officers, it was noteworthy the pastor Tim fired was black. Had he been white or Asian, he would have been merely a freak show and tolerated.

Ben Watson is now with the New Orleans Saints. He and his wife, Kirsten, have five children. Watson serves on the Executive Committee of the NFL Players Association.

Thank God for this splendid testimony by our brother in Christ. Pray for him.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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