Monday, 3 February 2014

Russell Wilson's Faith

I was thrilled to watch the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII. It was quite shocking to see Seattle nearly shutout Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

At the end of the game, I noticed that Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson thanked God on several occasions. I then wondered about his particular brand of faith. As it turns out, Wilson describes himself as a devout Christian. He has been interviewed by the popular Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll, stating, "At the end of the day, we are all looking for someone to comfort us, somebody to be there for us at all times. When we are at the worst times of our lives, when we are battling with something, or struggles, whatever it may be, when we are at our highest point as well, when things are going really well, we want somebody to comfort us and be there for us and to say, 'Well done.' That's Jesus!," adding that "Jesus has always been there. He'll never leave you, never forsake you." Other bloggers have noticed that although Wilson is open about his faith, he has not received the same attention as Tim Tebow.

About seven minutes into the video, "The making of a Champson," Wilson says that he grew up going to church, but did not come to faith in Christ until after having an unusual dream about the death of his father. In the dream, Wilson describes Jesus saying, "Hey, you need to find out more about me," which led him to go to church where he experienced conversion. This is an interesting video, especially considering the reputation that Seattle has as a secular city.

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