May 22, 2019

Wednesday (Moderated) Open Thread (052219)

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Positivity: Benham Brothers Stand Firm in Faith After HGTV Axed Their Show for Having Conservative Values

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Charlotte, North Carolina:

Published May 15, 2019 at 4:20pm
Modified May 15, 2019 at 5:19pm

David and Jason Benham made headlines in 2014 when HGTV decided to not move forward with their home renovation show. The decision from the network came after the brothers’ belief in the biblical view of marriage came to light and certain media outlets pressured HGTV to cancel the show.

Since then, the twin brothers haven’t backed down from their conservative, Christian values and are now even empowering other people of faith to also stand firmly and boldly in their biblical convictions.

David and Jason’s story really begins before they were even born. When their mother, Faye Benham, was pregnant with them, their father, Phillip “Flip” Benham, was an active alcoholic who owned a saloon.

Faye decided she couldn’t handle his anger anymore and gave Flip an ultimatum — he either needed to come to church with her or she was going to take her daughter, Tracy, and the unborn twins and leave.

So Flip went to church and the Gospel radically changed his life. “For the next six months, he was stacking the beer coolers singing ‘Amazing Grace,’ witnessing to everybody that bellied up to the bar,” David told Liftable, a section of The Western Journal.

Flip’s newfound faith led him to become sober and even pastor his own church. David and Jason were influenced by their father’s zeal for the Lord early in their life.

“Our dad read the bible veraciously,” David said. “Every morning we woke up, we saw him reading the bible or praying. And there wasn’t a morning we can remember where we didn’t see that. We really caught that.”

The faith that their dad had instilled in them continued to define the brothers’ paths even as they began to play baseball professionally.

“Our dad taught us as kids that our theology must become our biography. What we think about God and study about God must be lived out for God,” David said. “So as athletes we used our talents, we were trained, and we see this in scripture to use your talents to bring God glory to bring people into the presence of the Lord.”

After David and Jason left their baseball careers, they moved their growing families to Charlotte, North Carolina, where they began to build and maintain multiple businesses and ministries that continued to be based on their faith, including a real estate business called Redwood United that eventually caught the attention of HGTV. …

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