Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Is your Chriastinity Radical or more like a Recliner?

Jon Shields recently contributed a powerful article on former NBA player, Manute Bol's, Christian faith. In it (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704853404575323043046894012.html?KEYWORDS=manute+bol) Shields writes, "...Bol reminds us, the Christian understanding of redemption has always involved lowering and humbling oneself. It leads to suffering and even death.
It is of little surprise, then, that the sort of radical Christianity exemplified by Bol is rarely understood by sports journalists. For all its interest in the intimate details of players' lives, the media has long been tone deaf to the way devout Christianity profoundly shapes some of them.
Obituary titles for Bol, for example, described him as a humanitarian rather than a Christian. The remarkable charity and personal character of other NBA players, including David Robinson, A. C. Green and Dwight Howard, are almost never explicitly connected to their own intense Christian faith. They are simply good guys.
Christian basketball players hope that their "little lights" shine in a league marked by rapacious consumption and marital infidelity. They could shine even brighter if sports journalists acknowledged that such players seek atonement and redemption in a far more profound way than mere athletic success."

 Be encouraged by Bol's example; more importantly come to put your trust in Bol's Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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