What’s better, hero or neighbor?
Each week that goes by reveals yet another amorphous definition of “unity” by the NFL, desperate to find a way to simultaneously protest against Trump/cops/racism/perceived injustice/America without losing its fanbase.
President Trump has weighed in with his disapproval, and it’s worthy of note that the NFL’s “acting out” has increased proportionately, lending credibility that this slew of “protests” are truly about nothing more than childish tantrums because their candidate didn’t win the 2016 Presidential election. I offer you exhibit A:
We'll "stick to football" when we see progress. Our Nations leader can't even set a good example of how it looks to be a great American
— Davante Adams (@tae15adams) September 23, 2017
This is one of those well-paid entertainers I was referencing in my morning rant the other day, who live in their gated communities and play a game for a living – a very, very lavish living – off the proceeds from purchases made by their fans.
Let’s set aside their virtue signaling, disrespect for the flag, and overall anti-Trump and anti-American behavior for a moment, even though it’s significant. In point of fact, I’d like to get into this tweet, as it reveals the mentality of our so-called “thought leaders” in America today – the Hero.
First, think of the most famous superhero you can. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? No, not Wonder Woman, dude.
What are his characteristics, namely in terms of how he operates?
- He hides
- He looks for trouble
- He swoops in and saves the day
- He hides
That’s textbook superhero right there. And he gets lots of credit, accolades, even worship, right? (Sure he does)
Lots of NFL players, and most wealthy celebrities, have the “hero” mindset. They give money to charity. Well, some of them do. And those that do, for the most part, remain aloof in their community. And by that I mean that they live in their sequestered communities, drive a very secure vehicle to and from practice and games, or have a car service deliver them. They live in THEIR world. A world of nice neighborhoods and expensive things. And whenever there’s trouble, they swoop in with their money (and a tiny gift of their time) and “save the day.” And then they go off to their hideouts again, content with claiming “hero credit.”
See, that’s what goes hand in hand with being a hero: You are loved. And it makes you feel good. You get something out of it. But how much love are YOU distributing?
In other words, what kind of neighbors are they?
Wait a minute, you mean there’s a difference between a hero and a neighbor?
Jesus, when answering a rather snooty lawyer who asked him about how to obtain eternal life, discussed being a neighbor:
25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.
34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 On the next day, when he departed,[c] he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’
36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
What does being a neighbor mean? The Samaritans were a class of people hated by the Jews. This was a POLITICAL statement. Jesus was forcing the LAWYER to admit that the hated Samaritan was the neighbor in this story, and that we should be just like him.
What does that mean?
It means that we should be willing to give of ourselves, and recognize that we are no better than the people who live around us.
NFL players love to “give to the poor.” But how often do they actually “live among the poor” and give THEMSELVES? Charity is a “hero” act, not a “neighbor” act.
Last week Baptist churches all along South Carolina donated thousands of dollars in cash and supplies to families in Florida impacted by Hurricane Irma. These are people who had lost homes and property, or had trees lying on top of their houses or strewn across their property. Christians went down there and removed trees, limbs, debris, and distributed cash and supplies such as bottled water, food, diapers, clothing, and other necessities to families in need. These were families who would have had to pay thousands of dollars to have a heavy tree trunk removed from their yard. How much did they get charged? Nothing. This is what “neighbor” means.
Far from being neighbors, NFL players and owners are not only avoiding hanging with “these people,” they are acting like the thought police and telling the VERY PEOPLE WHO PAY THEIR EXORBITANT SALARIES that they should feel ashamed because THEY haven’t done enough to right the injustices of this awful country. Have these players even taken a moment to inquire what those fans think about Trump, the country, the economy, or racism in general? Not at all. They simply assume they’re all racist and that America needs a stern talking-to.
And when they get the inevitable pushback that always accompanies massive doses of disconnect, what’s their response?
Tennessee Titans’ Delanie Walker: “Don’t come to the game.” In other words, if you don’t submit to groupthink, we don’t want your money.
Wonder how that’ll work out in the long run.
NFL players – you have a choice, but it’s much deeper than just disrespecting the flag. Do you just want to be a hero and satisfy your own need to be loved, or do you actually want to LOVE people?
You want to see progress, Davante Adams? YOU GO FIRST. Be a leader, not a whiner. Set the example.