Super Bowl XLVIII will take place on February 2, 2014 at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. Millions of people around the world will watch the game at home, in bars, on military bases any many other places with a television or access to the internet.
The Super Bowl is the pinnacle game of a long football season. A game where the final two football teams come to together to battle for the ultimate prize, the Super Bowl Trophy as well as the privilege to call themselves the # 1 team in the NFL, at least until the next football season begins when it is time to start defending their title.
This years Super Bowl will pit the Denver Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks. Currently the Broncos are the favorites to win the game. The Broncos are quarterbacked by Peyton Manning who has been to and won the Super Bowl before. The Seahawks are quarterbacked by Russell Wilson, a second year quarterback who has led his team tyo the big game in only his second year as a starter.
What is so special about these two men other than their abilities as an NFL quarterback. They are both Christians.
In a recent article in BuzzVine by Sasah Lane quarterback Russell Wilson says, "When I step out on that field in front of 80,000 people I truly believe that God has put me on the field for a reason ... through my play I hope that I can change people's lives,"
According to the Christian Post, Peyton Manning wrote about his faith in a book he penned with his father Archie, he wrote his priorities in life, "have been faith, family, friends and football – in that order."
While it has been widely known Manning was a Christian there has always been talk about why he was never more voacl about his faith. He goes on to say in the book as quoted in the CP article, "Some players get more vocal about it – the Reggie Whites, for example – and some point to Heaven after scoring a touchdown and praise God after games," wrote Manning. "I have no problem with that. But I don't do it, and don't think it makes me any less a Christian. I just want my actions to speak louder, and I don't want to be more of a target for criticism than I already am."
Both of this years quarterbacks are faithful men of God who both don't want to brag about their faith they are more prone to let their actions on and off the field speak volumes about their faith in God.
Jesus says in Matthew 7:15-20, "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them."
As with Manning and Wilson all Christians would do well to let their feet and hands do the talking about their faith more then a flip of the tongue with a few words eloquently spoken.