The end of 2016 was rough for Chip and Joanna Gaines. The couple from HGTV’s hit television show “Fixer Upper” was thrown into the center of a controversy that had many up in arms.
But it’s Chip’s response to these inflammatory claims that are healing the division and frustration directed towards his family….
In a story released at the the end of November 2016, Chip and Joanna were criticized for attending a church whose pastor was not shy about his feelings about the LGBTQ community, and more specifically, his opposition of gay marriage.
Instead of fueling the flames caused by the story, Chip took to their blog to share his beliefs and how he thinks the world needs more healing, not division, during this turbulent time in history:
“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. 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.”
By not being “baited” into the negativity, he’s setting an extraordinary positive example for his children and others around the country who may not see eye-to-eye on everything!
The loving father, husband and television star made it clear that great minds don’t always have to think alike, but they have to treat each other like human beings – no matter the differences in their background.
“Joanna and I have personal convictions. One of them is this: we care about you for the simple fact that you are a person, our neighbor on planet earth. It’s not about what color your skin is, how much money you have in the bank, your political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, nationality or faith. That’s all fascinating, but it cannot add or take away from the reality that we’re already pulling for you. 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.
You wanna talk about how to build bridges between people that disagree? We want to be a part of that conversation. Do you want to talk about healing and compassion and kindness and restoration? We’re in the restoration business, we can for sure make time for that.”
Chip’s response to the controversy surrounding his family is perfect. Instead of feeding into the hate, he’s choosing to take the high road!
To read the rest of Chip’s moving blog post, click here! He makes a good point, we all don’t need to agree with each other, but we do need to build bridges and treat each other with love and respect.