In a recent interview with CSNPhilly, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said — in a rather refreshing and unashamed fashion — that the most important thing in his life is not football, but his Christian faith.
The writer, Reuben Frank, was pleasantly surprised at how graceful Wentz seemed to be in expressing his faith while navigating his profession, saying he “walked that tightrope the past year just as adroitly as he avoided trouble in the pocket.”
“You’re always walking that fine line, without a doubt,” Wentz said. “I always tell people, for example, if you love your job, you love your wife, you love what you do, you’re going to talk about it. Well, I love Jesus. That’s what I love, so I’m going to talk about it.”
“But I’m not going to force it down your throat, either. So it’s definitely a fine line that I’m constantly trying to walk, and at the end of the day, just kind of how I live and what I’m about and hopefully can kind of speak through. If that makes sense,” he added.
“I never want to be the guy who’s beating people over the head with the Bible,” Wentz stated. “That’s not what I’m about. That’s not really what Christianity is about.
“Christianity is all about love and showing that love and that kindness and that grace,” he added. “Without a doubt, I want to use my platform to make a difference (in) peoples’ lives.”
And, boy, is he doing that. Just last year, he launched his AO1 Foundation, with a mission statement that is to “demonstrate the love of God by providing opportunities and support for the less fortunate and those in need.”
“It’s something I’m very passionate about. I realize I have a platform for more than just winning football games,” Wentz said. “I want to make a difference all over the country, all over the world.”
You can't earn grace. It's free. It's the greatest gift there's ever been & will be. Accept it.
Jesus is waiting for you & loves you #AO1
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) June 4, 2017
Wow! What a breath of fresh air! Especially in a day and age where some people in his line of work are more concerned about protesting the national anthem.
Keep on keeping on Mr. Wentz. Let that light for Christ shine!