NFL Quarterback Drew Brees to Students; Bring Your Bible to School and Life Your Faith
New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees focused on national Bring Your Bible to School Day calling on Christian students to celebrate their faith. Of course, it caused quite a stir, such a simple message of faith… “So I want to encourage you to live out your faith on Bring Your Bible to School Day and share God’s love with friends. You’re not alone,” Brees said in the video.
The criticisms spread all over social media like wildfire:
“It’s probably a 3 on the scale of odd things an athlete can do with his free time.”
“Stupidity is no excuse for supporting bigotry, but Brees’ entire off-field record is strongly in favor of that column.”
“Brees doesn’t get off the hook for being a moron. But he is a moron.”
Why all the consternation? He was promoting the Oct. 3 Bring Your Bible to School Day event that happens to sponsored by Focus on the Family. The organization supports Biblical teaching on morality issues, something the left calls bigoted.
“So I want to encourage you to live out your faith on Bring Your Bible to School Day and share God’s love with friends. You’re not alone,” Brees said in the video.
After the video was released by Focus on the Family, a fundamentalist Christian organization that has been criticized in the past for anti-LGBTQ, Brees took to social media to clear things up:
“I’d like to set the record straight,” he says in a posted video. “I live by two very simple Christian fundamentals, and that is love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul and love your neighbor as yourself. … That means love all, respect all and accept all. So that is actually how I live my life. That is what I try to do with my family, with my teammates, with people in my community, with my friends. All people.” He noted he wasn’t tied to the group that put out the video and that he’d simply wanted to encourage kids for Bring Your Bible to School Day, adding, “I do not support any groups that discriminate or that have their own agendas that are trying to promote inequality.”
Hopefully this sets the record straight with who I am and what I stand for. Love, Respect, and Accept ALL. I encourage you not to believe the negativity you read that says differently. It’s simply not true. Have a great day. pic.twitter.com/4RdTahE7EZ
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) September 5, 2019
Focus on the Family leader Jim Daly also released a statement:
“It’s unfortunate that mean-spirited antagonists have attempted to draw attention away from this event by mis-characterizing the beliefs and positions of our organization.”
“Like Scripture teaches and Drew Brees referenced, as Christians, we believe we’re called to love God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind — and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Plenty of professional football players are open about their strong religious beliefs. We should all be able to do so.
I don’t often agree with left-wing ideological organizations. But I would stand to the death for their right to voice their belief. The left rarely agrees with the Christian Fundamentalists ideology. But they should feel the same way.
Freedom of thought and speech are the foundation of this great nation. When we lose that, we lose everything. How we have come to this point amazes me.