Thursday, November 10, 2011

Why We Don't Worship Football Coaches

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)



    It's hard to argue against Vince Lombardi as the most famous football coach in the history of the NFL.

    Aside from leading the Packers to five world championships in nine seasons and doing for football what Babe Ruth did for baseball, I can't think of many Americans who are more often quoted when it comes to leadership and the disciplines of success.

    He remains an iconic inspiration.

    Of course, he's not Jesus; and here is where I quote him to prove it: "There's only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give everything."

    That's what Jesus did in the most divine way; and that's why we worship Him alone as God with Father and Holy Spirit.

    John 1:1-18; 3:16-17.


    Speaking of icons, the man who put Penn State on the map of college football has been exposed as less than divine by his sins of omission related to what everybody knows about by now.

    He may have more wins than anyone who has ever coached college football buuuuuuut this loss is sooooooo much bigger than anything that he's accomplished in the, uh, game.

    No comparison.


    The lives of children left so vulnerable/unprotected to a bestial predator.

    Everyone knows child molestation must be reported to the police; and covering it up is indescribably repugnant/immoral as well as illegal.

    So many years of suspicion, quasi-reporting, and...



    Lies to protect the grotesquely guilty.

    Too many looking the other way to protect a beast and his silent accomplices at the expense of...

    2 Samuel 1:19.

    It will be interesting to see how the sanctimonious NCAA sanctions the university for something a lot more serious than players selling tickets and memorabilia and cashing in with the consent/conspiracy of coaches.

    That's why He gave us the first few of the real big ten.


    Only God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - is worthy of worship.

    Psalm 20: "Some trust in chariots and some in horses...[and some in football coaches and other mere mortals]...but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."

    Idolatry is the sin of trusting someone/something who/what just ain't up to it/Him.


    Worship is the only indispensable activity of God's people - Biblically, confessionally, historically, and traditionally; and, for most churchgoers, constitutionally.

    It is what we say and do when we recognize in highest degree who He is, who we are, and what He has done for us and our salvation through Jesus.

    God's people hunger and thirst to worship.


    God's people hunger and thirst to worship.


    God's people hunger and thirst to worship.

    Peterson: "You don't have to motivate Christians."

    And when they/we worship, they/we are lost/immersed/healed in wonder, love, and praise.

    Worship is the pulse, power, breath, and so much, much, much more of life - now and then.

    Peterson: "Worship shapes the human community in response to the living God.  If worship is neglected or perverted, our communities fall into chaos or under tyranny."

    He goes on, "Our times are not propitious for worship.  The times never are.  The world is hostile to worship.  The Devil hates worship.  As The Revelation makes clear, worship must be carried out under conditions decidedly uncongenial to it."

    Moretheless, come, let us worship God alone!


    I think Lombardi is the greatest football coach in the history of the NFL; and I have framed quotes to inspire my sons.

    I think Paterno is the greatest college football coach in the history of the game; and I pray all of the good that he has done for so many for so long will not be...

    Neither are God.

    No one is but Him.

    Unfortunately, tooooooo often, it takes a totally depraved example of our/anybody's/everybody's humanity to drive us, appropriately, to our knees before only One.



Blessings and Love!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The inaction by Paterno is criminal and massively immoral.

The football season should be cancelled. If the school insists on playing, the players should refuse to play . . . and if they force them to play, they should throw every play until the score is 100-0.

As a wide receiver, I would shout to the defensive back: "HEY! Wanta a pick-6? The pass is coming to me!" And I would let him pick it.