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Drew Brees and His Faith

January 28, 2010
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  1. Randy Sudduth permalink
    February 10, 2010 3:49 pm

    As a pastor and public school teacher who is very involved in athletics I am very observant of professional athletes comments and character on and off the field of play. I was disappointed this morning to see Brees “toasting” on a parade float in New Orleans. While the exoration of Scripture only addresses not be drunk, alchoholism is a major problem among today’s youth especially those involed in sports. Can’t we celebrate without endorsing the use of alchohol?

  2. February 10, 2010 4:05 pm

    Would you criticize Jesus for His use of Alcohol at weddings knowing that people actually might get drunk from what He created out of the water?

    RAP

    • Randy Sudduth permalink
      February 10, 2010 4:23 pm

      I believe I used the word “disappointed”. I would love to sit down and discuss my point of few with Brees but I won’t get that opportunity. I do not take the position of “judge” in this matter. I’m asking a question ‘outload’ that I believe needs to be answered by many in professional sports today, Christian and non-Christian. There is an unhelathy “association” and “connection” today with the young athlete and drinking and partying. The adult consumer of achohol may know when to stop and how to stop. The teen usually doesn’t. I’ve attended too many funerals and been involved in too many counseling sessions where this is the case. The “cultural” meaning and use of achohol today is far different than the Jewish wedding event.

  3. February 10, 2010 7:05 pm

    Randy,

    I share your concern over drunkeness and teen drinking. However, the ethical issue of alcohol is never “cultural”. You may be disappointed to see Brees using alcohol, but you must also be careful not to let your personal “disappointment” spill over into an ethical standard by which Brees should have to measure up. The Bible clearly allows for the consumption of alcohol, and Brees is ethically moral in his use. Two further points:

    1.) I would not accuse Brees of “endorsing the use of alcohol” just because he toasted a celebration.

    2.) I seriously doubt that anyone is going to decide to drink on the basis that they saw Brees do so. And if they do, they are getting their ethical standard from the wrong source anyway.

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