Left to right: Jason and David Benham (Images via Twitter @JasonBBenham and @DavidDBenham)
The Benham brothers, the famed real estate moguls who found themselves at the center of controversy last year when their scheduled do-it-yourself TV program was canceled by HGTV following controversy over their beliefs on homosexuality, spoke at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday, where they revealed a unique interaction they had with one of their critics.
Identical twins Jason and David Benham are no strangers to speaking about their choice to react with love and respect following their firing, encouraging others to balance standing up for their religious views with showing compassion to critics.
The brothers recently told TheBlaze about how they invited some of their staunchest critics — groups that they said ensured their TV show was cancelled — to dinner at their homes in the wake of last year’s controversy.
Similarly, the Benhams shared during their National Religious Broadcasters convention speech a specific interaction that they recently had with an unidentified gay man who vocally opposed their stance on homosexuality.
“We had so many people from the gay community reaching out to us and one man in particular from the city of Chicago reached out — and he said things to me that made me lose my appetite,” David Benham told the crowd during a panel discussion about religious liberty. “But I simply responded in love.”
And that positive tone went well beyond merely listening and speaking with kindness.
“After a little conversation back and forth, I found out he loved baseball … and I got him tickets to a Cubs game,” Benham continued. “He shot me a Facebook post and said, ‘I was not expecting that — and I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I’ve chosen to walk away from my lifestyle.’”
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SOURCE: The Blaze