My name is Daniel Whyte III, and welcome to the God Receives Glory Even From Football podcast #9. This podcast is based off of my new book of the same name. I wrote the book because I believe out of all the national sports God has received more glory and praise from American football over the past one hundred years than all of the other sports combined. This episode is chapter eight of the book, titled “Punt in Life is Analogous to Rest, Re-Group, to Re-Join the Attack”
Charles M. Schulz said “All of earth’s creatures have, hidden within their beings, a wild uncontrollable urge to punt!”
Mark 6:31 says “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”
Sometimes in life, like football, you just have to punt. For some coaches and coaching staff, punting is an important part of their strategy and plan to win the game because punting is about the all-important issue of field position. However, for true lovers of football punting is a curse word. I do not know of one true lover of football who likes punting. Quite frankly, it is probably the most disgusting part of the game, for you don’t gain any points by punting. In fact, punting is a strange sort of thing because you are actually giving a perfectly good football over to the enemy who wants to take the football and ram it down your throat. Punting is one of those odd parts of the most important game in the world—American football.
However, one of the benefits of punting is that it gives the offense—those who have to exert themselves—time to move the ball down the field for a touch down—a much needed break. Second, it also gives the offense time to re-group and find out what they are doing wrong to cause them to have to punt in the first place and not move the ball to the goal line. Third, it gives them time to plan a new fresh attack against the opposing team or the enemy. Sometimes in life we need to punt so that we can do the same thing: get some rest, re-group, and plan for another attack. How many people dealing with a court case punt have asked the court for a recess or what the court system calls a continuance or a request for more time? In a way this is punting because you are getting time to rest, re-group, and plan a better attack. Sometimes in life you just have to punt to buy some time to rest a little while, to re-group, and to get ready to re-join the attack to win the game—the game of life. So, don’t punt all the time, but when you have to punt make sure you punt to win.
Now, the only way you can give God the glory through football is to be saved by believing in Jesus. Here is how:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
I hope that this podcast will remind you to give glory to God throughout this year’s football season.