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Should athletes be role models?

Posted by truthtalklive on October 10, 2008

Today Stu interviews Miguel Viera. More information on this issue. More information on Playing For Jesus Ministries. As always thanks for listening and we look foward to your comments!





7 Responses to “Should athletes be role models?”

  1. John said

    Is this position of the role model not the position that beloved family members, teachers, or religious leaders should fill?

  2. Maz said

    The perfect role model can only be Jesus Christ, but we can also follow the role model of those who follow Him. 1 Pet: 2 v 21. 2 Thess: 3 v 9.

  3. Ben Maulis said

    Athletes or other popular figures can serve well as role models if they preach good doctrine and live good examples. Too often I see the church exploiting entertainers of a particular genre that are simply not qualified to minister, simply because they see a match with their target market. It happens with music performers, athletes, martial artists, dancers, skaters and more. Of course it is a tragedy when an artist/performer/athlete is used to promote the gospel when they do not fear the Lord and grievous sin in their lives is ultimately unveiled to everyone’s embarrassment. It is also sad when an artist/performer/athlete that may be sincere is exploited for the ministry while they are incapable of proclaiming the simplest doctrines. They needn’t be expert theologians, but too often their message is, “Dude, you can be a skater and a Christian too. Give God a try, ‘cuz he loves you dude.” Other times is nothing more than a motivational pep talk with a few bible versus thrown in, “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!” Of course, none of these ministries would seem complete without some kind of “sinner’s prayer,” so they get people to admit they did some wrong stuff, invite Jesus into their heart to be their personal savior, and thank him for saving them. What we need is people preaching the gospel: the good news that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, that he was wounded for our transgressions, that he died for our sins, and that when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in the sepulcher, but God raised him from the dead. We must preach the foundational doctrines: of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, baptism, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment (Hebrews 6:1-3) Instead I am witnessing the preaching of “good works,” belief “in” God rather than of God’s word, lip-service instead of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, and “getting to go to heaven” instead of the resurrection of the dead. But Jesus said the hour is coming and now is when the dead shall hear the voice of the son of God and those who hear shall live, but the fearful and unbelieving will have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, for God has appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ.

  4. Stanley said

    Jesus played soccer, probably. Hes from Europe. So, yes, athletes can be role models.

  5. F. L. A. said

    He was a Middle Eastern Jew, Stanley.
    They probably raced camels.

  6. Stanley said


  7. Tripp said

    I have met Miquel and can testify that his book and his work is touching the lives of many people. His ministry is growing quickly. He’s the real deal.

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