Christianity in Football: Providing Role Models and Spreading Truth

Tyler RContributor IFebruary 8, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Kurt Warner #13 of the Arizona Cardinals leads a prayer after his team won the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game 51-45 against the Green Bay Packers in overtime at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Colts and Saints provided sports fans with many things to talk about in this year’s Super bowl. One subject that made a lot of press online was that of the Tim Tebow ad that was aired early on in the game.

Fans all over the states battled with words and opinions over Tebow's message of anti-abortion. Many people bashed him for sharing his belief with everyone. This just shows that Christianity needs to be an even bigger part of sports than it already is.

Christian athletes today both pro and college are providing both great role models and are spreading the truth of God's word all over television. They are in no way pushing an agenda or throwing their beliefs on people much like the media believes. Some signs of Christianity are as simple as Tim Tebow sporting a Bible verse under his eyes or Kurt Warner or Colt McCoy thanking God for the strength to play.

The media and fans can say that these signs of Christian beliefs are pushing the religion onto an unwilling culture, but everyone easily accepts television ads promoting sex, drunkenness, abortion, violence, and crime. Granted there are many good ads not involved with a religion, but most of society is corrupted by the garbage that is thrown at them while watching sporting events and attending them.

People who don't agree with Christians or down right hate them can't argue with one glaring fact. You never hear of Kurt Warner drunk driving, or Tim Tebow (who confesses to be a virgin) knock up a fan. You never turn on ESPN and hear that Drew Brees or LT shot their own foot or started a bar fight. That is not to say that these people or any Christian is perfect. They are far from perfect. They are just trying to live a life that shows how great God is and not themselves.

There is one flaw in all of this and people who don't agree with Christianity will always bring it up. There is the athlete that says one time in an interview that he believes in a god or say God bless. This does not mean that these players are Christians. There is a list of football players that proudly profess that they are a born again Christian. These players are the ones that children of this generation need to make their role models and these men are the ones that will provide the sports world with truth.

The media is all about shutting athletes down with their God talk. Take this article for example:

The media only wants sport talk and rightly so because sports are about...well. Sports. With that thought in mind, why do people love to talk about Mike Vick and his crimes? The only thing that has to do with sports is that it kept him from playing sports. God gives these athletes the ability to play sports. We as sports fans and a nation can at least listen to what they have to say. People may just discover something life changing.