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What Happened to Being Honest?

On May 25th, George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota when white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 10 minutes. This one act of hatred has ignited a series of protests and riots over the past 2 weeks. As Americans still stuck under state induced quarantines watched helplessly from home, anger was unleashed upon buildings, businesses and vacant malls across the country. As citizens began to express their concerns and opinions on social media, the Cancel Culture movement has risen up to condemn, punish and silence those who deviate from mainstream progressive ideology.

But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully, 1 Timothy 3:15.

As each day passes, the backlash against honest tweets continues. The first victim of this backlash was Sacramento Kings Play by Play announcer Grant Napear. Napear was fired by his radio station and forced to resign from his 22 year position with the Kings all because he replied to a tweet “All Lives Matter.” The next was New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees who made a statement about honoring the flag in an interview during Memorial Day Weekend. While Brees wasn’t cut by the Saints, he was shamed into apologizing for expressing his heart felt beliefs about patriotism. James Bennet of the New York Times was forced to resign after agreeing to print an Opinion Editorial written by conservative Senator Tom Cotton.

[And see to it that] your conscience is entirely clear (unimpaired), so that, when you are falsely accused as evildoers, those who threaten you abusively and revile your right behavior in Christ may come to be ashamed [of slandering your good lives]. 17 For [it is] better to suffer [unjustly] for doing right, if that should be God’s will, than to suffer [justly] for doing wrong, 1 Peter 3:16-17.

One of Jesus’ disciples made an interesting observation in the first century. After publicly denying knowing Jesus, Peter is restored in John 21:15-19. This conversation seems to have empowered Peter to become a spiritual rock, eager to share his faith after Jesus rose from the dead. However, Peter adds a disclaimer, when you do share your faith, you may suffer. Although Peter doesn’t specify what kind of suffering, it appears to be socially. In other words, you won’t be the most popular person, but when you’re criticized for doing the right thing, it’s worth the backlash. I don’t know how long this trend will continue, but when you do express your beliefs, do so with a gentle, courteous and respectful spirit.

by Jay Mankus

The Silencing of Believers in the Lamb of God

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is considered a lock for the National Football League’s Hall of Fame. Beside being a former MVP and Superbowl Champion, Brees became the all time leader in passing yards last season. While starting the 2019-20 season as the second oldest quarterback behind Tom Brady at the age of 40, most experts expect Brees to continue where he left off last season, leading the Saints to the NFC league championship game. Unfortunately, Brees has taken his first hit of the 2019 NFL season off the field.

The next day John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29

If you are an active follower on social media, you likely know about the back lash against Drew Brees this week. The LGBTQ community accused Drew of spewing hatred earlier in the week. A little known online publication from New Orleans wrote a hit piece unfairly smearing Brees’ reputation. This article was picked up and carried by most national publications, most notably the Washington Post. What horrible thing did Drew Brees do? Well, he appeared on Focus on the Family, a Christian organization that promotes biblical values. As a believer in the Lamb of God, Drew encouraged young people to bring their Bible to school on National Bring Your Bible to School Day.

And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, Acts 4:29.

This is all that Drew Brees did. Well, not exactly, Drew also spoke about sharing the love of God to others by living out his faith for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the hatred that the LGBTQ community is referring to, can’t you see this; it’s so obvious or is it? Laura Ingram’s opening monologue on Friday night via the Fox News Channel was devoted to the intolerance of leftist progressives who are attempting to silence the free speech of conservatives. The Ingram Angle invited a panel of four guests to address the silencing of believers in the Lamb of God. While I am a devoted fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Christian community should come together to support Drew Brees, to have his back. If believers don’t practice Acts 4:29, the silencing of religious free speech will continue until only what is politically correct remains.

by Jay Mankus

Keep Pounding

Sam Mills was a gritty defensive player in the National Football League.  Despite his 5 foot 9 inch frame, Mills played 12 years in the NFL, spending his time with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.  Before entering the NFL, Mills spent 3 seasons with the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars earning the nickname Field Mouse for his tenacity.  Playing along side Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White, the Stars won 2 league titles.  Through the years, Sam became a leader on and off the field, eventually serving as an assistant defensive coach for Carolina following his retirement.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him, James 1:12.

Before his untimely death, Mills was known for giving inspirational speeches.  Prior to a playoff game with the Dallas Cowboys in 2004, Mills encouraged his defense to Keep Pounding for 60 minutes, referencing his battle with cancer.  This phrase became a mantra for the Carolina Panthers as the team later added a drum to drive this message home to each player.  In April of 2005, Mills succumb to his battle with cancer, dying in his home town of Charlotte.  In the following fall, the Panthers honored Mills by retiring his number 51 jersey.  The legacy of Sam Mills continues today with the theme, Keep Pounding.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up, Galatians 6:9.

In the verse above, the apostle Paul uses a different way of expressing keep pounding.  Instead of applying this to football, these words refer to life.  Everyone will face trials in life.  Whether it’s an accident, illness or unforeseen circumstance, staying positive isn’t easy.  Yet, when you develop perseverance and a will to keep pressing on, God honors the steadfast.  Therefore, whatever obstacle is currently standing in your way, keep pounding until victory is obtained.

by Jay Mankus

 

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