Last week HGTV announced, “We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows. HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.” This statement made me wonder if they have the same consistent record of including Christians?
HGTV issued its statement responding to the controversy surrounding the HGTV series Fixer Upper—specifically, its hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines and their affiliation with the Antioch Community Church, a non-denominational evangelical church in Waco, Texas. Their pastor, Jimmy Seibert, per an article by Kate Arthur of internet media company BuzzFeed, opposes homosexuality and gay marriage. Since the Gaines’ attend worship at this church, BuzzFeed speculates that Chip and Joanna also oppose same-sex marriage and would not feature a same-sex couple on their show. Perhaps adding to the controversy, the article notes that Pastor Seibert believes gay people can be converted.
Kate Arthur’s conclusion is obvious: HGTV should not have a program whose hosts are practicing Christians. Even though Chip and Joanna Gaines have not publicly commented on the BuzzFeed article, their association with their pastor, who calls Chip and Joanna dear friends, places their television career in jeopardy. I suppose some news outlets have a difficult time understanding that Christians believe that God defined marriage, masculine and feminine, male and female, and therefore man can’t alter those definitions — they’re scriptural.
So, if a pastor takes the Bible seriously and preaches the same, people who belong to that church or at least are in worship when the pastor preaches, are in jeopardy of losing their job.
Be warned people. I, for one, do take the scriptures seriously. I do not think that Christians are backwards and need to change their beliefs. Nor do I discriminate against anyone. In fact, I oppose discrimination. We all fall short of the mark God sets, we sin. We all need forgiveness.
So, I will continue to watch Chip and Joanna Gaines. I watch Fixer Upper anyway, but now I seem to have a desire to watch, if for no other reason, to support their pastor.
See you in church,