It seems only fitting that just days after writing a piece calling out the charlatans cheapening the doctrines of Jesus and attempting to build their own earthly kingdoms off His name that I come across the polar opposite.
Super Bowl winning quarterback Nick Foles is set to return to the field Sunday after being sidelined nearly the entire season with a broken clavicle suffered in his first game. Plenty of reporters were interested in his mindset going into the game, as well as his level of frustration having been injury plagued so often in his career. Foles took the opportunity to do nothing short of preach the Gospel.
Take a listen:
First of all, let me go on record as saying that there was more Biblical clarity packed into those two minutes than what many Americans get from the pulpits of their churches every week.
- Choosing joy in the midst of trials – James 1
- Doing all things through Christ – Philippians 4
- Boasting only in Christ – Galatians 6
- Building up treasures in heaven rather than on earth – Matthew 6
- Rejoicing in suffering – Romans 5
- Rejection of the prosperity gospel – 1 Timothy 6
It’s all there.
Certainly Foles isn’t the first athlete to speak boldly of his personal faith in Jesus. Most Americans are at least peripherally familiar with the name Tim Tebow. The former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Florida never made it in the NFL, but was still one of its most popular figures for the few seasons he donned a uniform. That popularity had little to do with his professional accomplishments and much more to do with his Christlike attitude and witness on and off the field.
Beyond Tebow, in recent years former New Orleans Saints star Benjamin Watson has demonstrated a deep love not only for Christ, but a serious and mature understanding of Scripture. And that’s what impresses me most.
It’s one thing to recite routine catch-phrases of the faith when a camera is shoved in your face. Thanking “my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” right before releasing a string of expletives in jubilant celebration of a victory became almost a comical routine for some in the sports world.
But taking two minutes in a press conference to articulate Bible-based Gospel truth to a largely secular crowd? Well I’m not Jaguars fan, but it’s so cool knowing that Nick and I are on the same team. Well done, sir.