The Seattle Seahawks stunned the world in Super Bowl XLVIII by not only beating the slightly favored Denver Broncos, but by destroying them. After winning 43-8 in their first Super Bowl Championship in franchise history, the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson, led fellow Christians on both sides of the game in prayer giving glory to God. After praying, Wilson got on stage in front of millions of fans and praised God for the win.
In another interview after the game, Wilson told reporters: “It's only my second year, but I believe in the guys that we had. I believe…in the coaching staff…it's just God is so good. He brought me a really long way. It's unbelievable. It's kind of surreal to be honest with you. Sitting there holding that trophy up and I'm looking up, I'm just so thankful for everything that I've been given.”
Fellow teammate offensive tackle Russell Okung echoed Wilson’s sentiments: “The Lord allowed me to be here. And I keep saying that all the time, man. With Him there's purpose man. I'm not just here to exist, I'm here to live. And I'm glad He's going to use me this way through my platform to bring glory to Him.”
Wilson and Okung are two high-profile professional athletes who boldly give God the glory for their talents and accomplishments, taking none of the credit for themselves. For some reason, this kind of humility and outspoken praise of God scares the media. The whole time Wilson was speaking about God’s grace in his life, you could just feel the tension in the stadium and in the locker room afterwards.
For some reason in today’s culture, its ok to use profanity, its ok to openly talk about sex, its ok to disrespect authority, its ok to discuss another’s personal life, but when it comes to talking about Jesus it’s not ok. Why have our priorities as a culture turned 180 degrees?
Modern TV shows and movies depict male characters as “cool” when they sleep around and treat women like objects. Modern music glorifies profanity and degrades women. But when it comes to Jesus, or even thanking God for His blessings, everyone gets upset. Rap artists can use whatever kind of language they want regardless of their cruel portrayal of women, but when a religious person says “Hey that’s wrong, you shouldn’t be treating people this way” they are labeled as judges and intolerant. Christians may be one of the only groups not tolerated by modern culture.
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