You’ve seen and heard it. A rock star or actor stands at a podium and before a global audience thanks all the little people for their award then adds the obligatory nod in the direction of the “Big Guy” for making it all possible. In the sports arena an MVP or grateful champion might want to “first thank God” for their hard-fought victory.
Immediately after besting the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI, Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said before all the world, “I’m proud to be the first African-American coach to win this, but again, more than anything, Lovie Smith (Bears coach) and I are not only African-American but also Christian coaches, showing you can do it the Lord’s way. We’re more proud of that.”
In fact, it was Lovie Smith, the losing coach who said of the Super Bowl that it was the “perfect stage” for the coaches to confess their faith in Jesus Christ. In a USA Today ad both coaches took out days before the game, they stated, “We’re pro football coaches, but we are also men of faith. A faith that defines who we are. It comforts us in tough times and produces hope in the midst of adversity. It is through our common faith in Jesus Christ that we have individually experienced God’s love and forgiveness.”
That’s pretty clear.
But, there are other cases when a cultural icon has elsewhere professed faith in Christ (not mentioning names) and been given the perfect opportunity to speak for Christ on the world stage but muffs the chance. No witness whatsoever. So, in the interest of all that is at stake, let’s pretend you are given a mike and a platform with an audience of almost every breathing human being looking in.
What would you say?