Be careful what you thank someone for. You may find yourself fired for it. This is what happened to one Christian who used to be a top CrossFit employee when he opposed the gay agenda. The Indianapolis gym decided that they would cancel an event cancelled with the gay pride festival. The gym sent out an email to all of its members explaining, “the owners of the gym value health and wellness, and they believe that this event does not.” Head trainer and company spokesman Russell Berger showed his full support to the decision the company had made on the social media platform known as Twitter.
According to Indiana CBS affiliate WTTV before Russell Berger’s tweets had been deleted off the media platform his tweets thanked the gym for “standing by your convictions and refusing to celebrate sin by hosting an Indy Pride workout.” Russell Berger expressed further sentiment against the LGBTQ community when he let it be known that he feels their intolerance to views that are different from their own is completely mind blowing.
The company expressed their true colors and lack of company loyalty when they were quick to fire Russell Berger after he posted his tweets on Twitter. On June 6 the company made a public tweet of their own when they posted, “the statements made today by Russell Berger do not reflect the views of CrossFit Inc. For this reason, his employment with CrossFit has been terminated.”
Several members of the media have reached out to Russell Berger for comment on the current situation but he has been unable to speak on the situation at this time. Before he was forced into silence on the situation Russell Berger explained his Christian values in a statement that he gave the Washington Post when he said, “As a Christian, I believe everyone, myself included, is guilty of breaking our moral obligations to God and deserves punishment. But by turning from our sin and trusting fully in Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven and reconciled to our creator. I love those who the LGBTQ community represents, and want them to know Christ, and reveling in sin is a heartbreaking obstacle to that. I use the word ‘sin’ to describe pride events, and the sexual lifestyles associated with them, because that’s what God’s Word calls it, and I believe that God’s Word is true. From the Christian perspective, the most hateful thing I could do for someone would be to lie to him or her about sin and our need for Christ, as unpopular as this may be in our culture today.”
While not backing down from the values and views that every Christian should possess Russell Berger has expressed remorse for the controversy that his deleted tweets have caused and the uncomfortable position that they placed his former place of employment in within the eyes of the public.