As Christians, we can see the danger of putting athletes on pedestals because we understand man’s sinful condition. Instead of making athletes into role models based on the success of their careers or their popularity, we should appreciate athletes who lead upstanding lives — especially Christian athletes with an unashamed testimony for Christ.
Eleven years ago on Feb. 24, 2002, the television was on in my parents' bedroom as my family was preparing to leave for church. I, as a 12-year-old, stood in front of the set and watched a basketball game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Kansas Jayhawks.
I've never been one to go on a "health kick." I used to hold the impression that people who ate only organic, all-natural foods free of genetically modified organisms genuinely thought that high fructose corn syrup was nasty stuff killing our insides.
If I were living in America during the 1940s and ’50s and mentioned Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, Our Miss Brooks or You Bet Your Life, people would perk up and start discussing the latest episode with excited fervor. Today, I get blank stares.
There are more than 500,000 student athletes in the United States, and chances are, you passionately cheer for a handful of them every week. Whether it’s our very own Bruins or the public college down the road, you loyally support your favorite team and desire to see them succeed.