(Frank Powell) Last week, decorated boxer and aspiring politician Manny Pacquiao came under fire after his comments regarding gay marriage. And, to the surprise of no one, the backlash was strong. A popular comedian, Vice Ganda, even tweeted using #PrayForMannyPacquiao. The court of public opinion acted quickly. Nike severed ties with Pacquiao, and the barrage of negative comments forced him to later apologize via Twitter. In his apology, Pacquiao didn’t retract his stance on gay marriage, only his comparison of homosexuals to animals.
He added, “I’m not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says. The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways.” Let’s start with the obvious. Pacquiao’s use of the animal kingdom to substantiate a marriage between a man and a woman was, at best, poorly worded, and, at worst, a poor rationale. I’m a Christian who believes God designed marriage between a man and a woman. With this lens, I see Pacquiao’s rationale. I believe God set creation in order with a particular rhythm. READ MORE