Daniel Murphy, the second baseman for the New York Mets, recently expressed his opinion on homosexuality. This is after former player Billy Bean appeared at the Mets spring training camp. Billy Bean is the MLB’s ambassador for inclusion.
Billy Bean is a former player that retired early from the game. The reasoning behind his early departure from professional baseball was the feeling of not being accepted by his teammates. Billy Bean is gay.
The MLB ambassador for inclusion is touring various spring training camps when he visited the NY Mets camp. Billy Bean’s appearance was welcomed by Mets players. He wore a Mets uniform and participated in team workouts. In fact, it came to a complete surprise to Billy Bean when he later found out what Daniel Murphy had said.
NY Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy had this to say about having a gay teammate.
Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality. We love the people. We disagree with the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There’s a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn’t mean I’m just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That’s not love. That’s not love at all.
It remains what to be seen if any fallout occurs. While Daniel Murphy is an average to below average MLB player, his message is clear and understandable. Just because someone is gay or even of a different religion, we can be understanding and accepting but we don’t have to agree with it.