It’s been a busy spring at our home, so my blog has been a bit quiet (reflecting the HUGE truth that my home and family have NOT been quiet). But I have been so moved by a story in the big bad world of reality, that I’ve come out of my little “mom hibernation” to share an inspirational story with you.
Have you seen these guys? If you have turned on the t.v. today, searched the web, snuck in a little facebook time, or even read the news, you probably couldn’t miss them. Until late last night, I’d never heard of them. Their public name is “The Benham Brothers”, David and Jason Benham. They are twin brothers, who were getting ready to debut a new show on HGTV. I am a huge HGTV watcher. I’ve been tuning into pretty much everything they produce for 17 years! I’m sure I would have loved their show… But apparently that won’t be happening. It turns out that being real-estate/property flippers is pretty far down on the list of who they actually are. The brothers are Christians, family men, Christian speakers……and somewhere down the line comes the property flipper/well-known guys on tv. Back in 2012 one of the brothers led a prayer rally during the presidential elections. He was appealing to Christians to stand for what was right in America. Some of his remarks are now being spread, out-side of the context of the prayer rally, and it was offensive to some…so now fast-forward to early May 2014. Their show has been cancelled.
But it’s not the cancellation of their show that’s on my heart this morning, it’s what they have done and said AFTER their show was cancelled. I watched footage of their CNN interview, and let me tell you -I’M A FAN! Talk about love-these guys exemplify it! It would be hard to have the attitude they had-complete kindness for HGTV. They said they have NO hard feelings for HGTV, no hard feelings toward anyone. Kindness. Forgiveness. Love for their fellow man-it was ALL there! Yes, they took their stands. Yes, they preached the truth in the proper confines of a prayer meeting in 2012. Yes, they still stand for truth, but it is kindness and love that is spilling from them. Wow! This quote really hit me, “If our faith costs us a television show, then so be it”. And that’s not all…they are going to keep their commitment to the 6 families that they had committed to help through their show. Now remember, the show is cancelled, so it’s now their own money & time that they will be using to keep that commitment.
I’m so encouraged this morning by the honor, integrity, and strength to stand in love that has been exemplified by this story. I hope to hear more from these two. In fact, I’d love to be able to watch their show, but if not-I’ve been encouraged to stand in the love of Christ. Christ laid down his life for the lost. He could tell us, first hand, that the lost don’t always respond kindly, and that there is sometimes a high price to pay for standing.
I would encourage you to support the Benham Brothers by contacting HGTV. You can do so on this link: http://www.hgtv.com/contact-us/package/index.html But please, please, please do it in love, and with a kind heart & kind words. Truth must always be accompanied by LOVE & love is patient, love is kind…it does not dishonor others…it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres… (ICor.13)
Here’s to hoping that your day is filled with Truth and Love!
Want to see more of these guys & their great message? Go to this link & watch…