The good, bad, and ugly of sports

Published 2:44 pm Tuesday, March 2, 2021

To the Editor:
Elizabethton can be proud of their winning Cyclone football team and also the team’s production of Christian leaders. I read in the Elizabethton Star that former Elizabethton Cyclone, Tennessee Volunteer, Dallas Cowboy and Las Vegas Raider Jason Witten has been named as the high school coach at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas. Witten said in a statement, “Faith, family, football. In this next chapter it is important to be the best father and husband I can be, while making a positive impact in the community and share wisdom I’ve accumulated over the years to positively impact the next generation.”
With all the problems Texas is having they certainly need Witten. The mixing of sports and religion is nothing new in American culture. Both basketball and volleyball were invented by men involved with chapters of the Young Men’s Christian Association in Massachusetts. Many athletes through the years have made the claims: “God helped me do that,” or “I thank God that I was able to do that.” The Bible does say in Proverbs to acknowledge God in all your ways and He will direct your path. Also, the Bible says in all things give thanks to God.
I liked sports better 10 years ago when at the end of the fourth quarter Tim Tebow did what he always did — he pointed skyward and took a knee in prayer to God. In post game interviews Tebow often started by saying, “First I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” and ended with “God Bless.” Tebow stressed that football is a game and God doesn’t care who wins or loses.”
Locally, in an ugly disrespectful display the E.T.S.U. basketball players all took a knee in protest of racial inequality and police brutality during the National Anthem. I guess they wanted to get attention and used sports to push their political views. I have not watched any E.T.S.U. team play in over 40 years because I protested their not being smart enough to recruit local players from Carter County. Now I have another reason not to watch E.T.S.U. ballgames. If they watched they would know the facts and statistics that racial inequality is less than it has ever been and police brutality is very rare. Larry Elder, a black scholar, said, “Racism has never been less a significant problem in America than it is now.” Elder said and statistics support him that lack of fathers in black homes is their greatest problem. The E.T.S.U. players are following their emotions and the globalist media and not the facts. A poll found that 85 percent believe the media is dividing people by focusing on racial problems. They are correct that the globalist media appear to want to divide and destroy America. The media showed George Floyd having five funerals when everyone else had COVID-19 restriction on their funerals. Media failed to report that Floyd had a long list of criminal convictions including being part of a robbery in which he assaulted a pregnant women. Media failed to report Floyd died of a drug overdose and made people think the policeman killed him. Media picked a flawed man to be their hero. My hero is Jesus my Savior. What are the flaws of Jesus?
According to the two men who faced off at this Super Bowl couldn’t be more different. Super Bowl LV pitted Christian quarterback Patrick Mahomes against Tom Brady’s witchcraft. Christian Patrick Mahomes told reporters he was raised in church and he’s where he is today in his NFL career because of his faith. “Faith has always been big with me,” Mahomes said. “Obviously I want to win every game, but I’m glorifying Him (God) every single time I’m out there,” he added. Mahomes said his walk with Jesus Christ has shaped him into the man he is today. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady told a crowd his wife is a self-proclaimed “witch.” Brady credits his accomplishments in pro-football to witchcraft spells of his wife, whose rituals help him win, he says. We can pray that Tom Brady and his wife find Jesus. If Brady doesn’t, he will be the biggest loser no matter how many Super Bowl rings he has. Tampa Bay linebackers didn’t agree with their quarterback Brady and thanked God for the Super Bowl victory. The Tampa Bay team like most teams is made up of players with good morals and those with bad morals. Jesus doesn’t have Super Bowl rings but is the greatest winner of all time defeating death, Hell and the grave!
According to the Bible in Ephesians we are to put on the whole armor of God and take a stand for truth and Jesus.The truth is all stand guilty of sin before Jesus and we all need Jesus. If you want to kneel and confess to anyone, confess to Jesus. Jesus is the only one you need to kneel and confess to and the only one that you benefit from doing so. People will always fail us including athletes. Watch sports but only follow and bow before Jesus!

D.D. Nave

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