Motivational Speaker or Teacher of the Word

August 2, 2006

These are the words of the deceased but soon to be Football Hall of Famer Reggie White who was known at the “Minister of Defense”:

“When I look back on my life, there are a lot of things I said God said. I realize he didn’t say nothing. It was what Reggie wanted to do. I do feel the Father…gave me some signals…but you won’t hear me anymore saying God spoke to me about something–unless I read something in Scripture and I know.”

“Most people who wanted me to speak at their churches only asked me to speak because I played football, not because I was this great religious guy or this theologian…I got caught up in some of that until I got older and I got sick of it. I’ve been a preacher for 21 years, preaching what somebody wrote or what I heard somebody else say. I was not a student of Scripture. I came to the realization I’d become more of a motivational speaker than a teacher of the Word.”

Nothing else needs to be said other then giving the approriate HT to Dr Veith and the link to the article at USA Today.  Though I don’t agree with all of the comments made by the author in the original article, he does pose some provocative questions.