CrossFit Fires a Christian After Gay Rights Activists Demand It

The employee, on his personal social media feed, defended a CrossFit Box under fire for not having a gay pride event.

I do not know Russell Berger well, though we attended Reformed Theological Seminary together. He was chief marketing officer for CrossFit until yesterday afternoon. That's when the gay mob came for Russell. He had the audacity to, on his personal Twitter feed, accurately declare celebrating gay pride a sin.

He did so in defense of a CrossFit Box that had generated public outrage for canceling a gay pride event due to the owner's religious beliefs. Russell, again on his personal Twitter feed, defended the owners. This drew the gay mob into organizing mode to fire Russell. They were successful.

CrossFit has every right to hire and fire who they want. But we should still point this out as it comes just a few days after the Supreme Court determined bigots against religion are trying to use the power of the state to punish people for their religious views.

It is, in fact, a fact that homosexuality is a sin. Don't trust any theologian who says otherwise as the plain text and consistency of both the Old and New Testaments affirm its sinfulness. Russell Berger is an orthodox, Bible believing Christian and merely voiced his support for Biblical orthodoxy on his personal social media feed.

Gay rights activists are arguing that he is so prominent and tied to CrossFit that it was akin to using his position. But what the argument amounts to is that no one can speak about their faith if they have a prominent position in a company. One can hardly imagine the gay rights activists would have been mollified if he had a discovered anonymous account where he said the same thing.

Gay rights activists will call it bigotry to voice orthodox Christianity, but it is certainly bigotry to drive someone from his job for voicing a orthodox tenet of his faith. CrossFit has every right to do it. But I don't think they should have.

@ZekeBlake, The problem with your suggestion is that Christian men don't go to the gym. Gay men do. Maybe what you should be suggesting is for Christians to actually go to the gym.


@Chevy99, what is "hateful things" about saying that pride is a sin? It has been recognized as one of the Seven Deadly Sins for more than FIFTEEN centuries. This is a basic Christian concept, found in Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant teaching. And it's not just Christian teaching. Mahayana Buddhism considers pride to be one of the Five Poisons.

@WoodButcher, you know what else has always been considered a sin in all western religions? Lying. And when you misrepresent the issue what you are doing is lying. Their issue wasn't with the pride part it was with the gay part, which you knew but you lied anyway. The thing I don't understand is why? I mean why commit a sin for no purpose? Whether they were pointing out the sin of pride or homosexuality, it doesn't matter to the purpose of his issue. The issue is he dealt with non-believers with a hateful heart, and in doing so caused shame on his God, his company and himself.

Chevy99, pride is a sin. Pride is wrong. It always has been. Pride, in many cases is an attempt to give credibility to something one has been ashamed of. It is an attempt to legitimize and take pride in behavior that is forbidden by traditional moral codes. A few years back, an attempt was made by some men to legitimize adult men having sex with children. This was quickly squelched because such conduct is a serious crime and can cause imprisonment for a long time. Debauchery is debauchery, whether it is legal or not. Shame is shame. Shame is not glory.

@jrchambers, I didn't say pride wasn't a sin, I pointed out the fact that it had nothing to do with the issue. The bible is clear with how we are suppose to deal with unbelievers and this wasn't it.