Ancient Bachelor Star Colton Underwood says he has received a lot of support from some of his fellow Christians about his coming out journey. However, he was also criticized by others for “living a lie”.
As he details in his recent Netflix series, Get Out Colton, reconciling his faith and his sexuality has been a challenge for him. On Instagram this week, he shared some of the messages he had received [swipe the IG image above to see them].
“For those of you who have seen my show, you know that I am still on my journey of faith. While I’ve had a ton of support from the Christian community, I’ve also heard “well, it’s gotten a lot better over the years” and while that may be true, I can’t can’t help but think if these messages are still being sent to me… what do we say to locked up men and women who want to stay in their faith?
“These messages are not acceptable. They do not represent Christians. They do not represent our God.
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The first post he shared said, “Men are supposed to want women and women are supposed to want men. Please Colton. Don’t get stuck in this lie. Look at our bodies. The reproductive system. It doesn’t matter if Jesus loves you. I don’t want to be “that Christian”. I have gay friends. It’s hard. I don’t want to go the wrong way. I may be wrong. But there is something so special about a man and a woman and all the things Jesus said about marriage.
Another said: “You’re not gay, stop the lies… go home and be with your family. Stop trying to be something you’re not. God is still on the Throne and He is still watching you! Don’t give it up. The world makes you live richly in sin…get out of the spotlight and go home.
Another reaches out to say, “Hi Colton, I care about you because you opened up. Please don’t listen to people. Please listen to Jesus. In 1 Corinthians 6:9 it says that men who practice homosexuality will not inherit the kingdom of God. Please don’t tell others it’s okay to practice homosexuality.
Underwood’s post garnered more than 6,000 comments. Actor Johnny Sibilly said: “Wow these people really cracked the code!!” Chef and restaurateur Jeremy Fall said: “Some people shouldn’t be allowed to talk, they’re oxygen thieves.”
ESPN news anchor Ashley Brewer summed up the sentiment of many who responded by saying, “God loves you and I love you!”
Underwood came out gay in an interview with hello america in April. Earlier this month, he confirmed he was in a relationship with political strategist Jordan C. Brown.
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This week, Underwood shared a photo of himself and Brown and wished his followers a Merry Christmas.