Sep 18 2014

No RGIII was not being persecuted

Image: Gee Davis, Twitter via Charisma News

Image: Gee Davis, Twitter via Charisma News

A story was circulating on Facebook (and elsewhere) earlier this week about how yet-again-injured Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was forced to turn inside out a shirt that read:

“Know Jesus, Know Peace.”

Griffin came into the room for the press conference wearing the shirt. But before speaking he turned the shirt inside out so that the message could not be seen.

Richmond Times Dispatch sports reporter Michael Phillips tweeted:


Predictably, the Interwebz went nutz.

If we’re to believe Facebook comments, RGIII was being persecuted and forced to hide his faith.


RGIII is “not a real Christian” because he was embarrassed to proclaim his love for Jesus.

I am not making that up.

Seriously people?

According to J.P. Finlay at CNS Washington what happened with the shirt really isn’t clear.

What we know is that NFL bylaws state that players are not allowed to wear clothing that make personal statements on game days. The first reports out indicate that this was why Griffin was told to turn the shirt around.

The other reason given was that the shirt being worn by Griffin was not a Nike product.

At the same time, Ryan Kerrigan was not wearing a Nike shirt, but was wearing a shirt made by Five Four Clothing. Kerrigan was not told to flip his shirt around.

The NFL has a corporate deal with Nike, and in the past Griffin has been fined for wearing Adidas gear on game days.

Finlay notes:

When reached by phone, a Redskins spokesperson indicated Robert Griffin III flipped his t-shirt inside out by choice, and was not asked to do so by an NFL representative. Due to the personal message bylaw cited above, Griffin could have faced a fine by the NFL, and chose to avoid the situation, the Redskins spokesperson indicated.

Regardless of the reason for the shirt being turned around, Griffin was not being persecuted for his faith, nor was he denying his faith.

There is no question that there is a growing hostility toward Christianity in this country. Believers who study Scripture will actually know that we are to expect this.

But, when followers of Christ in other countries are being forced to leave their homes, are being tortured, are being murdered, are we really going to get all worked up about a t-shirt?

Frankly folks, a lot of American “Christianity” deserves to be mocked.

There may come a time when Christians actually are persecuted in this country.

This is not that day.


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Sep 17 2014

Today’s Required Reading


We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Preamble to the Constitution

On this day in 1787, the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution. September 17 has been recognized as “Constitution Day” by the United States Congress.

Too many people haven’t read, or if they have, don’t understand the U.S. Constitution. And it’s not as open for interpretation or “change” as the left might suggest.

We need leaders who understand, and appreciate the Constitution. We don’t have them.

But it’s not just the fault of the politicians. If we don’t read and understand what’s going on, the fault is ours.

I am no longer active in the political process. But I pay attention to what is going on. On occasion I voice my opinion. On every occasion available, I cast my vote.

We have the greatest system of government in the history of the world. Because it has been abused and corrupted is not a reason to abandon it.

This week I received a plaque for my four-years of service on the Virginia Board of Counseling. It was bittersweet because I was appointed to that Board by Governor Bob McDonnell. I’ve already told you what I think of what happened with the McDonnells. I did not get appointed to a second term by Governor McAuliffe. I was not surprised. Quite frankly, with my resume, I would have been more suprised if he had reappointed me.

I did my four years of service. And it was an honor to do so.

It was my part of being “We the People.”

But back to the Constitution.

When was the last time you read it? If it wasn’t today, go read it now. Click here.

Just as soon as you share this post.


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