By Jeremy Mercer
Super Bowl LII was won in dramatic fashion by the underdog Philadelphia Eagles, 41-33, over the defending Super Bowl Champion, New England Patriots. What you may not know is how central faith in Jesus Christ is to the heart of the Eagles. Carson Wentz the starting QB, is a strong follower of Christ. Nick Foles, who had to take the place of the injured Wentz, is also a Christian. The faith of the Philadelphia Eagles is now going viral.
Head Coach, Doug Pederson, Zack Ertz (TE), Torrey Smith (WR), Stefen Wisniewski (OG), Jordan Hicks (LB), and several other players were seen in videos giving their testimonies, being baptized in the team’s rehabilitation pool and holding weekly team Bible studies. Their faith is central in their lives and has bonded this team together in a unique and powerful way.
On my weekly internet radio show, “God, I Love Sports” on Hope Radio 24/7, I made myself clear on how following Christ shaped this year’s Super Bowl Champs. NO, I’m not saying that Jesus wanted the Eagles to win or that God hates the Patriots like everybody not from New England. God doesn’t control our every step, every word and every thought. As Joshua 24:15 says, “Choose today whom you will serve.” When someone chooses to serve Jesus and follow Him, then God can come alongside them, guide, strengthen, help, and bless them as they follow the instructions in God’s Word.
What the Eagle’s discovered goes beyond the “X’s & O’s” of the game. They have found a relationship with a real God and know as do I, how much difference God can make in our lives. If you will give your life to Christ, allow His Holy Spirit to help you understand the scriptures and begin to build your life around His Word and follow its teachings, you too, will discover the power of God in your life. You may not end up in a Super Bowl, but God loves you and is for you. He desires to bless you! Trust in Him, follow His Word, and you’ll become a champion in your own life.