Today’s headline in sports is about New York Giants superstar receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. who just signed a 5 year $95 million dollar contract. He was featured on Lebron James’ HBO show, “The Shop” and said he feels like a zoo animal. People want pictures with him, want him to perform his quirky end zone celebrations, or just want to rub shoulders with him. To the dismay of his fans, this comes off as aloof and arrogant. It’s easy to see how we can get frustrated by young men acting like prima donna’s and strike back by saying all sorts of nasty things about their character. For the Christian, this an ungodly attitude. How do we handle these types of things we read about professional athletes or any other famous person we admire?

Start with realizing that they need Jesus. See all people in light of whether they are saved or not. I’m not God and don’t know about Odell’s salvation but if I was to meet him face to face maybe some Godly advice from Paul the Apostle would be in order. Check out the instructions he gave to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:24-26.

“The Lordʼs bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive
by him to do his will.”

Our response when we read articles about our sports heroes should be to gently respond, understand they may not know the Lord, and then pray for God to draw them to Himself and grant them repentance.

Next time you are tempted to respond in anger verbally, through facebook/twitter/etc., think twice about the young man/women’s standing before God. It will change your perspective on the precarious position many of these superstar athletes find themselves in. Pray for Odell Beckman, Jr.