About the author: Steve Pauwels

Steve Pauwels is pastor of Church of the King, Londonderry, NH and managing editor of ClashDaily.com

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  • http://clashdaily.com/author/SuzanneReisig/ Suzanne Olden

    Steve – accoridng to some jerk who commented on my article about Ray, it’s because he’s a “pos” and a “thug”. Of course the same poster started his comment out with “you’re an idiot” claimed to be a “former professional athlete” and then refused to leave a real name. I, for one, think that his religiosity is true and he is a man of faith.

    • Steve P

      Re Ray Lewis’ faith, could well be that he is completely sincere, Suzanne. My point is, as with lots of “Christian” rappers, movie stars, etc. the media doesn’t take their faith seriously because of their past and/or current lifestyles. It’s up to them (the celebrities) to demonstrate their commitment to Christ is authentic — at which point, the popular culture will largely turn on them. Tebow has *always* shown himself to be a pretty radical Christian in word in deed — which is a large part, I think, why the establishment has never given him a break.

      • http://clashdaily.com/author/SuzanneReisig/ Suzanne Olden

        I agree. I thought the reasons you gave were spot on. Great article!

      • violater1

        Thank you Steve I agree with you! Much of their problem with Tim is jealosy! They like the thieves on the cross one challenged Jesus to save himself if he were the son of God! Snd we know what the other said to him at that moment! They never stop to think that many of the lords and most for that matter endured much ridicule and then from their faithfulness they were blessed with great rewards! I only wish that I could get to the point that Tim is at right now with our Lord and savior! And I am not referring to his football greatness! I cheer for Tim no matter when or where he playsand I am hoping that he will ne coming to the Jaguars soon and I will be patient to see.what happens.after that!

  • Todd

    All christianist symbolism and christian rock music should be banned from sporting events. There IS NO PLACE FOR PROSTELITIZING IN AMERICA ANY MORE! OUR FOUNDING FATHERS HATED IT.

    • RockyGMarshall


    • violater1

      On the other hand our true founding fathers would absolutely have hated you! Careful your ignorance and piety are shineing through your evil mean spiritedness!

    • John Dillinger

      Todd is here for laughs, right?

  • John Kirkwood

    Great column Steve, you’ve just made it hard on me to follow this one. Bravo!

  • http://www.facebook.com/milton.billingsley Milton Billingsley

    Black or white it doesn’t matter for it was God that gave them their skin color. The difference being a good Christian can not be a liberal, abortion supporting, immoral Child of God..

  • Camden

    I have a bone of contention with something Lewis said in his interview before the game this past Sunday. They were discussing the legal matter and the killing back in 2000 (not sure the date) and Ray said something in his defense that was complete hogwash. He said (and I am paraphrasing from memory) I couldn’t be guilty of what people say I am guilty of as evidenced by how God has used me. God wouldn’t use a person who was guilty of such a crime” (and like I said that is a paraphrase and I hope I got the gist of it correct) I can name a 1/2 dozen people in the Bible that were murderers, theives, prostitutes, etc. that God used in tremedous ways… Saul persecuted and oversaw the killing of many Christians until Jesus met him on the road to Damascus… Don’t try and say there is proof you are innocent by the good works you have performed sinse you were scared straight 12 years ago…

  • Scirel

    “…essentially, he had the audacity to momentarily exhibit understandable, human emotions.”
    My guess is that what is really bothering him is that he is commanding millions of dollars of salary per year, and feeling like he is not producing accordingly, and is dealing with some sense of guilt about it. Plus, yes, he is quite competetive, but that is part of his makeup. But this situation would frustrate me, for sure.

  • jerry1944

    I think T Bow is 20 times ray lewis T Bow hasnt run away and lied about crimes like ray lewis did and is still doing

  • Charles Class

    Simple, Tebow is a white christian. If he was a black muslim they would be afraid to say anything about him.

    • violater1

      No if he were muslim he would be pushed to the forefront no matter how dreadfully badly he may do! He would be the scum bag liberal egg sucking dog boy of the hour!
      But the fact that so many cannot handle is his true dedication to his Christianity in its entirety and those that clamour against him are siffering from jealousy of his strength in his faith and it irks them that they cannot find lowlife fault of which they suffer in him! I ignore their rants for I know that the time is coming when they that berate him now will some day choke on their own words and they will be the fools that they are out in the open for all to recall! I for one hope to be around to see them eat their very words that they chastise him with in this time!
      Any who know the Bible know that many of Jehovahs heros suffered great chastisement and then their rewards for faithfulness were realized in all grandeur and splendor! While the fools remained the fools that they were and always will be and have been!

    • Deepizzaguy

      Why do think the media calls Muhammad Ali The Greatest Of All Time when his boxing record is not good as Rocky Marciano who was undefeated?

  • Light_V_Dark

    The Christian fish, that the Heathen take such delight in mocking, was what kept early followers of Jesus, ALIVE. When a GNOSTIC met a stranger on the road he would draw half the symbol in the dirt. If the other man was a believer as well, he would complete the fish.
    All through the New Testament**, we are instructed to STEER CLEAR OF THE BLOODTHIRSTY. But, I’ve found most of today’s Christians to be MASOCHISTIC_SUICIDAL_PACIFISTS, who ONLY FORGIVE EVIL. BODY-SNATCHERS, THEY’VE ALL BECOME.


    Romans 1;
    29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,
    30 slanderers, GOD-HATERS, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
    31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 
    1 Peter 4;
    3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what PAGANS choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and DETESTABLE
    4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 

    • Light_V_Dark


      Proverbs 29:10;
      _Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

      The bloodthirsty hate the upright,…. Cain did Abel; and as the wicked world hate all good men, and persecute them, even unto death;—-

  • Evermyrtle

    Don’t get too uptight over the anti-GOD practices however weird it may seem. An anti-GOD hate all of GOD’S people, no favorites and guess what, it will continue and gro worse as long as long as the world stands. GOD will intercede when HE sends HIS SON JESUS CHRIST to meet HIS people in the clouds. This will put an end tot he evil in the world today as it stands. HE had pland to come at a certain time but since the world has come to the point to where it can literally destroy itself HE say HE is coming sooner that first planned. BUT HIS PEOPLE HAVE ALL FAITH THAT JESUS IS COMING SOON.

    Therefore you who are fighting against HIM and HIS people you will not be in the hate business much longer.

  • Perry

    I too appreciate Ray Lewis for being such a good role model of hard work and team play. However, I am constantly troubled by his misapplication of Scripture. For example, Ray and his teammates frequently quoted “no weapon formed against me can stand” as a reason for their confidence that they were a team of destiny this year (my interpretation). This verse and others like are not intended to be applied to one’s sports opponents but a Christian’s spiritual opponents (ultimately Satan and his demons, Eph 6:12)

    I am praying that Ray Lewis will get plugged in with Tony Evans or another solid Bible teacher and start to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15

  • http://ourgirlsclub.blogspot.com/ Ginny Bain Allen

    This article is absolutely one of the best I’ve read anywhere of late! Thank you Mr. Pauwels! Blessings!


    Didn’t Deion Sanders and Emmitt Smith make a big deal of being baptized together while both were Cowboys? Reggie White is famous for being a minister. RG3 puts on a display anytime the Redskins score. Oops…all are black, can’t slight them for that or we become racists. Tebow is fair game as he is a white boy and the sky is the limit; have at ‘em fellas! In another sport, car racing, NASCAR has an invocation prior to every race. The media won’t touch that one.
    I don’t care what they do though I would do like most and keep it to myself so as not to become a weekly headline drawing unfavorable attention to my family, friends or team. It’s a shame debauchery is glorified while those with virtues are ridiculed.

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