Jan 04, 2017
Chip Gaines: 'We Refuse To Throw Stones' Over Controversy
Chip Gaines has spoken out over the controversy surrounding the Buzzfeed article that criticised him and his wife for attending a Church that spoke against homosexuality. In a blog post entitled 'Chip's New Year's Revelation,' Gaines writes. "This past year has been tough. In my lifetime, I can’t recall humanity being more divided. Plenty of folks are sad and scared and angry and there are sound bites being fed to us that seem fueled by judgement, fear and even hatred."
He continues "Jo and I refuse to be baited into using our influence in a way that will further harm an already hurting world, this is our home. A house divided cannot stand." Chip says that we need to continue to be accepting and loving towards one another, and not entertain divisiveness.
"We are not about to get in the nasty business of throwing stones at each other, don’t ask us to cause we won’t play that way," he writes. "In 2017: We have decided to change the conversation."
Chip believes it is important to be able to disagree without falling out with each other. "Our family wants to fight for a world that knows how to lovingly disagree. We believe it starts when we operate from a position of love in all things. If your position only extends love to the people who agree with you, we want to respectfully challenge that position," he writes. "We propose operating with a love so real and true that you are willing to roll up your sleeves and work alongside the very people that are most unlike you. Fear dissolves in close proximity. Our stereotypes and vain imaginations fall away when we labor side by side."
"Think about it for a minute: This could be one of the greatest restoration stories of all time."