Drew Brees is a Super Bowl champion and all-star quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. Recently Brees joined forces with Focus on the Family to promote “Bring Your Bible to School Day” which will occur on October 3rd. Here’s the very vanilla promotional video Drew Brees takes part in:
Pretty bland right?
Wrong. That 20 seconds of encouragement to “share God’s love with friends” garnered indignation from the LGBTQ community, which instantly challenged Drew’s commitment to anti-bullying.
In the past Brees partnered with Ellen Degeneres to stop bullying in schools. Now the LGBTQ accused Drew Brees of being the bully because he worked with Focus on the Family – a “hateful organization that’s against gay marriage.” The star quarterback is guilty by association according to the LGBTQ community.
What Has Drew Brees Actually Done?
Brees simply encouraged Christian kids to take their Bible to school and tell people that God loves them. When I first saw the promotional video I was a little let down that Brees didn’t offer a meatier Biblical concept.
God’s Love Needs to be Defined
I’d argue that nothing of consequence was really promoted. “God loves you” could be the blandest and mushiest statement a Christian makes to an unbelieving world. Which God? What forms does God’s love take? We could ask thousands of defining questions to give shape to “God loves you.” Ultimately the Christian must link God’s love to Christ’s finished work on the cross.
John 3:16-18 (ESV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
As this passage demonstrates, Jesus was sent to save the condemned because God has great love for this world. The problem happens when sinners don’t realize they are condemned. Sinners that are comfortable sinning actually need the law to convict them of their sin. To tell an oblivious sinner that God loves them won’t supply them with the urgent context of their situation. Sinners are in peril of eternal death.
Romans 6:23 (ESV)
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It’s the Digital Age, Drew…
“Bring Your Bible to School” seems like a great message, until you consider that 91% of teenagers 13-17 years old have access to the internet on a cell phone. Most of those students are two swipes from the Living Word.
If a teenager brings an actual leather-bound Bible to school it would solely be for the purpose of demonstration. Look everybody! I’m a Christian!
Sadly “Bring Your Bible to School” day has digressed to a shouting match over rights: Christians carrying Bibles to show they have the right to be Christians and LGBTQ activists slamming Drew Brees/Focus on the Family to promote their sexual preference.
To the Christians: Why are we all so fragile? Can anything separate me from the love of Christ? No! An army of picketing LGBTQ activists on unicycles can’t prohibit my relationship to the Father.
To the LGBTQ: Are Christians doing anything to actually hinder your relationships? In 2015 same-sex marriage was accepted in all 50 states. Up to that point I can see how Christians would have been viewed as the most vocal road block to that happening. Christians expressing God’s disapproval of gay marriage doesn’t prohibit you from getting hitched.
We have two groups with dynamically different moral values and truth claims, yet we sit around yelling at each other surprised that the other group isn’t giving us a gold star for our convictions.
Dear Christians, don’t wait for the approval of sinners lost in sin. Please share the hope we have in Christ; this is our great calling.
Colossians 1:28-29 (ESV)
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
Drew Brees Throws Focus on the Family Under the Bus
The disappointing end to this saga is Drew Brees classifying Focus on the Family as promoting “hate.”
My sinking suspicion is that Drew Brees didn’t want to say same sex relationships are sinful because it would be bad for business. Forbes reported that Brees made 13 million dollars from endorsements in 2018 alone.
Whatever Drew’s motives are, it isn’t fair to say Focus on the Family is hateful. They simply call same sex relationships what they are – sinful. It’s not hateful, it’s God’s law. People don’t like hearing that any of their behavior is sinful.
And what’s particularly interesting is that Drew Brees continues to bang on the drum of God’s forgiveness in rebuttal to the attacks on him. That, in itself, is proof of his belief that gay marriage is sin in need of forgiveness from the Father.
Either homosexuality is a sin that requires forgiveness or it isn’t and requires full acceptance.
John 3:19-20 (ESV)
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
My dad and I discuss this matter and more on my latest podcast. Jump in at 26 minutes to get the Drew Brees talk.
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