I will be posting an official update with more concrete details, but I thought I would give a short blurb to clarify and to bring clarity to my recent tweets and rumors!
The 2012-2013 academic school year will prove to be an exciting and difficult challenge (as it is my senior year), and I will still be attending Biola University (although some rumors have stated otherwise!)
I will also still be living in the area and will hopefully have an increased involvement at Biola after the two semesters have seen me distance myself as I have been following through with other opportunities God has given me.
That said, to make a few quick announcements:
- I will most likely resign from my current coaching situations as I start to move back towards being involved at BU.
- I hope to be leading a community group through Mars Hill Church in the La Mirada area by the end of Summer 2012 - if that’s what God has in store. Still a lot of questions to wrap up on this though!
- I will not be graduating early.
I want to thank everyone has been involved in my life the past 12 months, and I can assure you that God’s will and ordained plan is profound and lovely. I’m excited to see how things will work out and unfold, but that’s about all the details I can give you for now.
I’ve been challenged by the Holy Spirit to rethink what kind of legacy I am leaving on both my community (perhaps the most overused Christian noun!) and as a student at Biola University.
Cheers to 2012…LEGGO!
For a few years now, I’ve avoided writing about sports on this blog. After covering sports in high school (specifically girls soccer, volleyball, girls basketball, and softball…yeah, I picked those on purpose), I was a little burnt out and decided to turn my hand and mind into the world outside of sports.
But, the last few weeks has shaken that, mainly in my disappointment over the NFL Labor Agreements, Peyton Manning’s original contract stalemate, and now the “Tebow Thing.”
This summer, the world has gotten a really interesting look at how Christian’s operate across all different facets of news. Whether it’s the debt ceiling and debt deal, politically motivated prayer rallies (and there is a GREAT sin in a politically and not Jesus motivated events), or sports, Christian’s have tipped their hand that they will support anything that wears a cross on its sleeve, perhaps simply in fear.
The Tebow Thing is no exception. Christians have rallied behind him because he is an outspoken leader in the Christian sports world. When former NFL player and current analyst Merril Hoge ripped Tebow via Twitter over poor mechanics and a simple lack of NFL Signal Calling skills, pastors, Christian celebrities, and believing bloggers ran to Tebow’s side in defense. Even LeBron James got in on the action (and for what it’s worth, he is a supposed believer as well.)
But let’s get the facts straight. Tebow has not been, is not currently, and may never posses the simple mechanics it takes to succeed as a quarterback in the NFL. His elongated throwing motion, stuttering footwork, lack of pocket presence, and overall lack of understanding of NFL coverages are perfect examples of how not to play QB in the National Football League.
Sure, Tebow is a great athlete, but name a college QB with his style who has succeeded in the NFL (if you even can) and I will name off three dozen who didn’t make it (Eric Crouch being the head of that department).
Intangibles are important, and Tebow possesses all the needed ingredients to be a great locker room warrior, but it’s a big hint when his team doesn’t support him and wants Kyle Orton (who, although statistically is solid, isn’t a Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, or shoot, even Jay Cutler, whom Orton replaced a few seasons ago).
What has been even more embarrassing than Tebow’s time on the practice field has been the Christian response. People who never played sports, don’t get how teams operate, and who have probably never seen an NFL game are now saying Denver Broncos head coach John Fox, and former Super Bowl Champion and executive VP of Football Operations John Elway have no idea how to run a football team. Excuse me?
As believers, we need to stop putting our hope in worldly idols. Tebow is a great man,someone to look up to, and is one of the few athletes who actually live out their faith in Jesus…but that doesn’t make him Jesus. Christians tend to root for believers simply because they say their Christians. As a Colts fan, I’m extremely guilty of this. But just because Jacob Tamme is slightly more outspoken about his faith than Dallas Clark, doesn’t mean I’m going to be screaming at head coach Jim Caldwell for playing Clark over Tamme. It just doesn’t make sense. It’s football, it’s a business, and it’s about winning. Leave the “the love of the game” and “everyone wins” mentality and crap with your 12 year old son playing peewee please. And for crying out loud, Orton is a great role model as it is. He isn’t like Matt Leinart or a handful of other sports stars who claimed to be great guys, who get public support (Michael Phelps) only to get caught drinking and driving, smoking weed, and partying it up at strip clubs.
Orton is a quiet guy to the media, and Broncos fans and Christians need to relax. There are plenty of great Christians in the NFL who have just as much impact on the sidelines as they do on the field.
I’m tired of Christians backing guys up just because they have the same faith. Burn me at the stake for this one, but George Bush didn’t pan out as a great world leader, and in my opinion, hasn’t shown evidence and authenticity of his faith after office. And on that note, Rick Perry should be questioned all over. Using a prayer rally as a rally to gain political support for his announcement to run for President is a little embarrassing and all together disappointing. Forgive me for not voting simply for the three single biggest and crucial issues to conservatives (pro-life, anti-gay rights, and home defense). If those are the only three things good about a candidate, they don’t win my approval…and on that note, I would only out rightly vote for pro-life laws anyways – and even then I’m fairly liberal about it).
Just like in politics, don’t expect me to vote for Tebow because he loves Jesus. I’ll take a proven passer in Orton, whom with a better defense and a better rushing attack can thrive under John Fox. No one expected Jake Delhomme to be a great NFL quarterback, and he only led his team to the Super Bowl under Fox. So let’s put the WWTD bracelets away, and hope Tebow uses his popularity as Tony Dungy has instead of whining back at reporters.
When it comes to things that don’t well together, I think that sushi and frozen yogurt top the list (and yes, I’ve tried it). It’s followed by electricity and water, adolescent girls and Facebook (go back to MySpace and please leave Google+ alone!), and Asian people and Honda Civics…wait, maybe I’ve got that last one wrong.
One more thing to the list: politics and conservatives. Now that most of you have stopped reading, because politics and blogs freak people out worse than Janet Jackson’s nipples and the shocked face of Justin Timberlake, let me explain.
There are plenty of social issues that are great causes, albeit perhaps powered by religious zeal or financial gains. From both sides of the fence, you have pro-life/pro-choice movements, marriage rights, social justice enactments, and a whole lot more.
While many of you will disagree with me, I think that politics is not a place for social-pressured movements. First of all, politics is a scary mess. USA Today recently reported that America is sick of the disagreeing between party lines. Really? It took us over 230 years to get to that point? Second, it doesn’t work. You name a major cause that either party took a stance on, and normally the religious side loses (i.e abortion). Thirdly, politics typically leads to embarrassment, specifically for Christians. I’m going to tread on dead grass, but did George W. Bush really help the Christian cause by claiming he could bring peace to the Middle East (something that is documented multiple times) as a Christian man (who should believe that Christ brings the final peace)? And for those that want to tell me he did, I like to point out that many stats prove the opposite: more die per capita per day in Iraq today then they did under Saddam Hussein. Okay you win Christians, less Christians die per day. Because that’s what it’s all about.
But on a less serious note, I want to poke fun at California and the conservative partiesthat reside there. Riverside County Board Member Jeff Stone recently tried to push a meeting that would (in his hopes) let Southern California secede from the state (exception being LA county and some of the beach counties – go figure) and become the 51st state of America. One of his biggest reasons was the education system is flawed and needs help, while in general the state doesn’t know what they are doing because it is run by liberals, a lesser level of humans apparently.
The best thing about education arguments is that you can look at the books. Historically speaking, conservatives (rich, spoiled people) tend to vote down and deny any measures that raise taxes. I’m not sure they are aware, but education is provided for by the state. Part of one of the many great things are nation did right early on. So, historically speaking, conservatives tend to say no to tax raises, and as expected, funding doesn’t go up…and that leads to a lack of funding for education. That’s just one prime example of conservative “logic” that is anything but “logical.”
I might as well just admit it that I’m a moderate liberal. I’m not some ignorant on any issue, and I love that I go to a school that loves to argue with me but fails to listen to my ideas…because I’m apparently lesser human by not being a big supporter of George W. Bush, the Republican party, and in favor of equal rights and taxation that is equal instead of lopsided on the nonexistent middle class.
I could go on and tell you that yes, I am pro-life (with clauses), and no, I’m not anti-gay. In fact, I’m for gay marriage (shocker!). I could also go on to tell you I’m a Christian, but apparently my ideologies in voting doesn’t translate to that equaling up in Christian “logic.” So forgive me, I’m a heathen sinner destined for the pit of hell.
Anyways. I think I’ll tick to the hokey pokey – cuz that’s what it’s all about.