Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on October 29th in Bloomberg Businessweek what had been widely suspected and known by some within the company – he’s gay. News commentator Dave Rubin tweeted that he should have just sent out a blank email with the subject #iGay. In this post I’d to address two paragraphs of his statement.
While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.
Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.
Regarding the second paragraph, I won’t quibble too much. It can be argued that the benefits listed are available to all people, regardless of sexual orientation. I just wanted to include it so you, the reader, could get an idea why he considers being gay a gift.
Regarding the first paragraph, here are some things to consider if Tim Cook is coming from a Christian perspective. (Note: I don’t know Tim Cook’s spiritual beliefs or if Christianity applies to them).
First, God did not make Tim Cook. His biological parents made him. If there is a biological etiology to sexuality, it came from his parents – not God.
Second, God has only made three human bodies – Adam, Eve, and Jesus. I say “human bodies” because Jesus existed before He incarnated into His human body.
Third, God designed heterosexual sex. This is obvious from Adam and Eve and the reproductive necessity of heterosexuality. Jesus confirmed this kind of sexuality is God’s design (Matthew 19:8).
Fourth, all are born in sin (Pslam 51:5). Our nature is to misuse the good things God designed. To act contrary God’s design is sin. Sin is a curse, not a gift.
Tim Cook must be a very gifted man to be the CEO of Apple and blessed with success that few people on the planet have ever experienced. But Jesus asked in Matthew 16:26, “what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” Jesus said in Luke 13:3 that we must all repent or we will perish. Repent of what? Repent of what God says is a sin. When we truly repent and trust in Him for forgiveness because of His death and resurrection, we will receive the free gift of God [which] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). Pray for Tim Cook.