Friday, February 06, 2015

The Truth Behind the Super Bowl

Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Much has been said about "the play call" that caused Seattle to lose the Super Bowl last Sunday. It will likely continue to be discussed for a long time to come.

However, there is a story behind the story that must also be told.

Minutes after the Super Bowl game, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who threw the intercepted pass that caused the Patriots to win the game Seattle was one yard from winning, Tweeted how he really felt about things.

More on this in a moment.

But first, this...

Yesterday morning, I mentioned to our radio audience that President Obama had just concluded his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC and that what I was reading as I was live on the radio appeared to be very disappointing. It was.

The president told those in attendance regarding the terror being carried out by ISIS, "Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ."

There is more. This is a report from Fox News. Many of his comments were a stand up defense of Islam, while putting down Christianity.




Earlier in the week---before the big game, Russell Wilson was asked by reporters about his legacy as a football player.

He said he would leave that to sports writers, but hoped he would be remembered as a winner.

He said, "In terms of my legacy off the field, I want to be a Christian man that helps lead and helps change people's lives and helps serve other people. It's not about me, you know. It's not about me and it's just about helping other people. So that's kind of where I keep my focus."

He told the reporters, "In terms of my faith, my faith is everything: God comes first, family and friends second and football comes third. I think when you keep it in that order, great things happen to you. You don't stress out about much."

"We all make mistakes or whatever, but we're football players. We're able to use our gifts," he said.

To a crowded press room he said, "For me, I'm able to use my gift to glorify God. That's what it's about for me."

Prior to the Super Bowl game, other players on both teams had shared their personal Christian faith and the importance of the Bible to them.

Matt Slater, the 29 year old Patriot wide receiver, said Romans 8:28 is a very important verse in his life.

This tells us he wants to follow the Lord and His purposes. It also tells us he believes in a sovereign God who is involved in our personal lives.

Slater says, "It's so hard to navigate the course of the day without looking into God's Word...It makes me feel better about the direction of my day and how I interact with other people."

Gregg Scruggs, a 24 year old Seahawk defensive end, didn't get to play because of a knee injury. But he says, "The Bible has helped me through a very difficult time of recovery from the injury."

He says he especially likes Matthew 6:33-34 which states, "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Scruggs says, "That's such a big statement to me in my life. I'm always thinking about where I'm going to go from injured reserve, how's my knee going to heal---Am I going to get better?"

"Everybody in this world is going through struggles," he says, "but as I walk in my struggle as everyone else does, there is something peaceful about reading the Bible."

Clint Gresham, a center on the Seahawks team says, "I get misty eyed just thinking about the times I've gone to the Word and I've actually had God speak to me. The Holy Spirit opened a verse in my heart that I've read over hundreds and hundreds of times, but just in that moment...poof."

Gresham says, "This is real, this is Jesus speaking directly to me in these situations in my life."

Seahawk Russell Okung says, "They say the Bible is a living Word. It's sharper than a two-edged sword. So when you read the Word for yourself and all that God is saying about you and what He wants to tell you, its great."

There's more, but the message is clear. These men playing at the highest level in their profession---in front of the world, want very badly to win.

However, there is something and Someone bigger than all that. Bigger and more important than a Super Bowl. And bigger than the events of each of our individual lives.

In a sense, every day is a kind of Super Bowl for all of us.

We have no promise of tomorrow. Life is fragile and uncertain, unless our focus is on something beyond the moment, the pressures and challenges of life can be devastating.

We don't know what life will throw at us---the challenges, the struggles, the reverses, the hurts, the losses, the disappointments---and yes, sometimes a victory.

But we know what these young men know. It is true that "all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."

Don't fret about tomorrow. God is already there.

It is true that His Word is a light and lamp for our pathway. It is also true that God, through His Word speaks to us.

So how did these professional athletes---these Seahawks, handle the loss?

It was the Seahawk's young star quarterback Russell Wilson---the guy who threw the pass that was intercepted allowing the other team to win, who put it all in perspective.

A few minutes after the Super Bowl game he Tweeted this message to the world:

"I will love you, Oh Lord, my strength (Psalms 18:1 NKJV)."

Be Inspired. Be Encouraged. Be Blessed.


7 comments:

  1. My family watched the game together and I admit to having a lot of excitement about the game. We were stunned at the interception, but the greatest disappointment of the game was the fight. I definitely appreciate Mr Wilson's priorities and the fact he praises God in defeat as well as victory.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Living in this time of "selvies" and where self centeredness abounds I find this refreshing. What fine young men. Thank you Gary for a great article.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I thought Russel Wilson was righteous enough to win, but we can't argue with God's final decision on the game. He knows more than we do about the players.

    ReplyDelete
  4. The Lord opened up a verse from Revelation to James Robison recently about the river of life that flows from the throne of God, and that this is presently happening. For more information, his new website is called Streams. God has streams flowing together and he is calling us all to unity.

    It seems to me that as more streams connect with the river of life, that there should be more of it's benefits seen in the earth. Since God is eternal life, that which flows from his throne will also be about life, and be life giving.

    His throne is established on justice and judgment, and I believe that one thing God loves to do is judge. We who are a part of Christ's body are also seated in the heavenlies in him who sits in the Father's throne. We are seated in Christ Jesus.

    I heard of a man who had a revelation of God's throne and it was made up of rows and rows of thrones occupied by Christians. One thing Christians love is the blood of Christ, the good news of the gospel which gives us access to the grace of God.

    There must be reasons God gives out these kind of invitations.

    I don't know if I will always be healthy or be healed, or if I will always have a job, or if I will always be able to pay my bills on time, but I know and hope I always remember that there is a river of life that presently is flowing from the throne of God, and I'm certain that it contains information about life and living, as well as keys to the kingdom. I'm sure it's about how much God loves us and how he gave us his Son, so that we need not perish, but can have everlasting life. I'm sure it's living water. I'm sure it has power to cleanse. I'm sure it has power to heal. I'm sure it is refreshing to the soul.
    I'm sure it's available.

    There's a song about a river that is deep and wide," Deep and Wide, Deep and Wide, There is a river flowing deep and wide. Deep and Wide, Deep and Wide, God is a fountain flowing Deep and Wide."

    So I don't know everything about tomorrow, but I know there is a river flowing from the throne of God and it is about life. I know it's deep and wide and able to cover anything I may encounter in life.

    I know the invitation is still going out, and that we may find something good anywhere and thank God for whatever we may find. I know it's good for the soul, and it's good for the body, and that it's good for the mind. It's good for the spirit, and it's good for the heart, and I know that there is power in it.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I believe God cares about the things we do. I sometimes wonder if he is coaching the players and coaches on the field, and if they are hearing from him. I suppose like all of us, there's a lot that goes on in this game of life, as real as it is.

    ReplyDelete
  6. There's got to be a higher calling than being a mediator for ISIS.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow! Lots of good stuff later on in Psalm 18.

    ReplyDelete

Faith & Freedom welcomes your comment posts. Remember, keep it short, keep it on message and relevant, and identify your town.