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Quarterbacks, Safeties, and the Spotlight of Evangelicalism

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  1. Thank you Reverend James and may God add a blessing to your elucidative manner of conveying of His Word.

  2. Thomas W. says:

    I believe there is too much measuring stick and assumptions in this article. You could have written a nice piece on Malcom Jenkins, but bogging it down in accusations and comparisons undermines the entire point.

    I also will disagree on a few things. QB’s are in general the focal point of any team (even when the LT gets paid more). It’s not a Christian or evangelical thing, but cultural in general. Perhaps we expect Christians to act differently, but I’m not sure that the general population should be the one to blame if the media by and large isn’t talking about someone like Jenkins in the first place. Sports media gravitates to the focal points, and the secondary unless you are Neon Deion Sanders or Richard Sherman is largely much quieter than other positions, especially QBs.

    Besides, the examples you give entirely show that evangelicals appreciate any outspoken and successful, on or off the field Christian in sports and that color is not a concern. Thus, it’s the lack of exposure to Jenkins, esp if one isn’t an Eagles fan that results in the disparity.

    The difference for many with Kapernick is that if you’re going to insult most of America to get its attention, and then lead it no where, it just solidifies at least the dissonance in people’s minds that he’s just leveraging excuses for his lack of capability on the field. Doubling down on their lack of reciprocation after that, just makes the walls go up farther. Regardless of what he intended, or even what you or I think about it, that’s the reality. He got an A+ for getting attention, and a F minus for leading anyone, anywhere.

    And that’s the greater achievement I think from Jenkins here too. Instead of participating in kneeling, he choose to actually go talk to the league and led others with him. He gets an A+ for leadership, persuasion, and effective results. You didn’t hear him judging white people, christians, football fans, patriotism or other.

    I would have enjoyed knowing more about Jenkins and Reid, their life, how they accomplished talking to the NFL on these matters, as well as the other things I’m sure they are out there doing and have been involved in.

    1. Carl H says:

      I think your last point describes the purpose of the article. And all the previous point underscore the exact reason this article was written. I would add that I do agree that in addition to this article another highlighting the actions of these fellow believers would be good but not necessary. If written it could undercut the main point- “what does Christianity look like “this” or “that”- which gives us much more to wrestle with and hopefully conforms us more to the image of GOD!! Peace

      1. Carl H says:

        Commenting on Thomas W- post.

  3. Kedric W says:

    Great article. It is stunning how kneeling during the anthem has stirred up so much emotion. But it would not have been done if more people had taken a look and at least tried to learn from minorities’ experiences. What the kneeling has done is, I believe, showed people’s hands (to use a card game metaphor). Now we at least know what people think and have been thinking. We have made the anthem and the flag akin to an icon. No, we don’t worship this icon, we simply venerate it. This is how we wind up with phrases on memes that say,

    “Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American G. I. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.”

    1) There is no equating of the two “defining forces” as it brings Christ down, somehow equating his blood to that of a soldier. It is simply theologically incorrect. 2) It is historically inaccurate. I think there were plenty of Allies in the last World War who died to preserve freedom — not just the freedom of the countries they represented.

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