Chip Gaines is ready to share some of his hopes for the new year.
On Monday, the “Fixer Upper” star shared his thoughts with fans in a blog post on the website Magnolia Market.
For the first time, Gaines seemed to address the BuzzFeed report that the couple’s pastor Jimmy Seibert opposed same-sex marriage and viewed homosexuality as a “sin” in a video.
“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,” he wrote.
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.
He went on to say that in the new year, he hopes to “change the conversation.”
Also, let’s cut each other a little slack. This living out loud thing is not for the faint of heart. Jo and I don’t want to hide, we want to live brave & bold lives and we wish that same thing for you as well. But words can cut deep and having someone misunderstand your intentions can hurt as much as just about anything. If I misjudge people and am wrong, I want to be wrong having assumed the best about them. The bottom line is, I would rather be loving than be right… 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. 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. This is how a house gets unified.
Gaines did not explicitly address Seibert’s remarks or the controversy, but the post is more than anything they have said before.
In December, Gaines tweeted his thoughts on being courageous and strong, and the tweets lead many to believe that was his way of responding to the controversy.
After BuzzFeed released their article, HGTV addressed the remarks in an official statement.
“HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.”
“Fixer Upper” has not yet featured any LGBT members on the show.