Following a big sporting event, I always look forward to the Post Game Interview. The Broncos won and I was anticipating some great words from the winning quarterback, Peyton Manning. His family’s legacy is football! Manning’s father, Archie, played for the University of Mississippi and the New Orleans Saints. His brother, Eli followed in his father’s steps as quarterback of the Ole Miss Rebels and now plays for the New York Giants. Then there is the future Hall of Famer, who had played for the Indianapolis Colts and this year’s world champions, the Denver Broncos. Peyton has been a stellar role model, maintaining a reputation of an intelligent, level-headed athlete.
Peyton had set the standards high. I expected the same from his speech, a humble and congratulatory speech of how well his team played. But as the world found out in Peyton’s most likely final Super Bowl victory, it is easy to tarnish one’s honorable image. Here is Manning’s reply when asked what his plans were following the game. “I want to go kiss my wife and my kids. I want to go hug my family. I’m going to drink a lot of beer tonight, I promise you that.” Then he commits to offering a quick prayer to the “man upstairs.”
I couldn’t believe what I just heard, close to 112 million viewers which many of those were impressionable children, hearing one of NFL’s sport legends endorsing drinking alcohol. With what we know from God’s Word and the effects it has had on society the consumption of alcohol has devastated marriages, families and individuals.
Although I was not happy about the alcohol endorsement what really grabbed my attention was Manning’s remarks of the “Big Man Upstairs”. To those of us who claim to have a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ it is startling to hear the lack of respect and reverence of our Lord.
From this years SB post game interview we are all reminded that our words are very impressionable and can never be recalled. Each day we are given the incredible opportunity to glorify Christ in what we say!
Psalms 19:14 “ Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”