In a world awash with sinful compromise on the most pressing issues of our day, sometimes all it takes is one man standing strong for Christ to inspire a nation and ignite a movement.
And one can only hope that is exactly what we are witnessing in the wake of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Blake Treinen releasing a bold, unapologetic statement honoring Christ as King and rebuking his own organization for their upcoming Pride Night program.
Treinen released the statement via Christian musician Sean Feucht on Twitter on May 30. Here is Sean’s tweet and the entire statement:
While the entire idea of a “Pride Night” honoring LGBTQIA+ debauchery should be opposed by all Christians everywhere, Treinen is rightly calling out the inclusion of one particularly heinous organization in the Pride Night lineup — the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Despite their innocuous, Catholic-sounding name, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are actually a self-described “leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns” known for mocking Christians and Christianity in some of the most disrespectful and lewd ways imaginable. The Daily Wire reports that “On Easter this year, the group put on a ‘Jesus and Mary-themed striptease’ that involved a performer ‘writhing upside down on a large wooden cross’” and “also had shirtless men compete to be crowned the ‘hunkiest’ Jesus.”
Given their penchant for such public displays of perversion, when the Dodgers initially announced that the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence would be honored at their June 16 Pride Night, they faced a backlash from the Catholic community and removed them from their program. But then, the Dodgers faced a backlash from the “Pride” community and flip-flopped, re-inviting them while also apologizing.
In a “Rainbow Flag” themed public statement, the Dodgers said:
“After much thoughtful feedback from our diverse communities, honest conversations within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and generous discussions with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Los Angeles Dodgers would like to offer our sincerest apologies to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends and families.”
For Blake Treinen, a man of Christian faith and bold convictions who plays for the Dodgers, this was a bridge too far. Compelled by his conscience to defend his faith and stand up for what God says is right and wrong, he issued his statement — even though standing against the LGBTQIA+ mafia often comes with serious consequences. Thankfully, Blake cares more that God is watching — and not so much about the fact that the “world is watching.”
He is absolutely spot on to point out that when it comes to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, “many of their performances are blasphemous, and their work only displays hate and mockery of Catholics and the Christian faith.” In light of this, Treinen says he is “disappointed” they are “being honored as heroes at Dodger Stadium.”
Why? Because his “convictions in Jesus Christ will always come first.”
Ending on a rousing note, Blake says:
“I believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins. I believe the word of God is true, and in Galatians 6:7 it says, ‘do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked; a man reaps what he sows.’ This group openly mocks Jesus Christ, the cornerstone of my faith, and I want to make it clear that I do not agree with nor support the decision of the Dodger’s [sic] to ‘honor’ the Sister’s [sic] of Perpetual Indulgence.
“‘But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ Joshua 24:15.”
This is the same choice facing all of us as we stand on the verge of another “Pride Month”: Whom will we serve? Will we bow before the rainbow-colored statute of the false idol of our day and age? Or will we kneel before the cross of Christ, and under the cross find the confidence to stand up for our beliefs and proclaim that we serve God and God alone?
In a world that grows increasingly dark, with its mockery of God and its celebration of blasphemous obscenity, Treinen’s statement shines a bright light full of Gospel hope and godly confidence — confidence in Christ as the Lord of all.
As Jesus Himself taught us in Matthew 10:32-33:
“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
On the national stage, Blake Treinen was willing to acknowledge Christ before men — even if it costs him his dream job as a Major League pitcher. The question for the rest of us, then, is this: When forced to take a similar stand, will we do the same?
In the meantime, as I called for last night on Twitter, let’s all make a point to stand beside Blake in spirit — echoing his statement, showing him our support, and keeping him in our prayers. Lord knows he will need all of it.
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