A few highlights and comments.
At the beginning of the video Tyree offers a question which all Christians can apply to their lives regardless of profession. He asks, “Do our fans mean more than our position in eternity?”
He then explains that marriage is the “only relationship that actually mirrors a relationship with God. It’s very unique in that way.” He also states that society permeates three things on males 1) sexual conquest, 2) economic prowess and 3) athletic prowess. Further, he explains that those three things aren’t intrinsically bad, but they can become that way if they are the ultimate goals of life. Such a pursuit will lead to unfilled lives.
Tyree shared that it impacted him that his father, though being around, was not in the home. He makes an important point that there are fathers who are in the home, but are still absent. Then he mentioned that “two men will never be able to show a woman how to be a woman.”
Tyree made an interesting comment which should remind Christians of being mission minded in their daily lives. He said that Christians who hold positions of influence and do not speak up about marriage are doing themselves and God a great injustice by not making God’s “heart known to our country.” He wants to indentify his life with Jesus Christ in every way.
One of the biggest criticisms I’ve seen is about Tyree asking how an influential minority with an agenda can push to change something not founded in the USA. The connection, of course, is made with slavery, especially, since Tyree is black. Once again, people equate gay marriage “rights” with the rights of blacks as a minority against the institution of slavery. They are not the same, however. Homosexuals have never legally counted as only 3/5’s of a person. They’ve never been owned as someone’s property. And I can’t find record of homosexuals being prevented from being slave owners.
Even if the gay marriage bill is passed Tyree still holds to God’s sovereignty. He then goes on to say that this country will slide towards anarchy. This “will be the moment when society losses its grip with what’s right.” He goes onto express that he believes in right and wrong, good and evil. He states that while many things are subjective, he does not believe the truth is subjective.
Maybe anarchy is the wrong word to use. Maybe anarchism would be more accurate? Anarchy is a strong descriptor and Tyree may get some backlash for using the term. However, it could be that Tyree has the idea in mind of Max Stirner’s work The Ego and Its Own. It has been stated that this work by Stirner “has become a founding text in the tradition of individualist anarchism.” [Max Stirner (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)]
Tyree states that marriage is the backbone of society. Any redefinition of marriage changes the “way we educate our children” and “changes the perception of what is good, what is right, what is just.” The above video concludes with Tyree encouraging a male high school student in Massachusetts who was ridiculed for opposing gay marriage. He calls the student a man of integrity and tells him to keep standing up for marriage. Tyree says that he is in the student’s corner and to remember that he has “a giant God who loves you and loves for what you stand for. God bless you.”
And God bless David Tyree.