Kricket wrote: ↑July 16th, 2021, 8:16 am
One of the things I like about Liberty athletics is the character of the teams that okay for Liberty. Just watch a few minutes of the basketball team and it's apparent. The kids are unselfish and have a high level of character. At the risk of sounding over the top, they even reflect Christ in how they play the game.
Outside of the few incidents that got Salter and Holloway kicked of their respective teams, I hope we have considered their character as an indicator. I'm talking about day to day attitude. Are they truly repentant with an obvious change? They very well could be, so I hope I'm not putting off a vibe saying they're not.
My point is, these athletes are going to be the face of the University, so it's not just not getting in trouble with the law, but how they conduct themselves day to day. They should be held to a higher standard than the rest of the student body, not a lower one. That might not be fair, but that's why you gain a scholarship and get to represent the school on national television.
I haven't seen a negative trend in our teams character. Malik Willis is a great example of a big time transfer with great character. He shows that winning can happen without sacrificing character.
But winning is nothing if we don't first represent Christ. Again, these kids may very well have great character. Holloman's incident was years ago, and it could have been a one off. Salter could have a great attitude of repentance and they both could be looking tprove out Christ's redeeming love. I hope the coaches have considered this, and I'll assume they have. In the meantime I will pray that the entire athletic program continues to be a great witnessing tool as it has been in the past years.
Hopefully, we can count on some of our mentor athletes to lend to these young men's influence, also. Coaches are one thing, but respected, high caliber peers , such as we have on our football team will be huge. I think that is really where accountability starts, and I truly believe we have some strong Christian mentors dwelling in our locker room who can really make an impact. I don't know anything about these young men, except that...they are young men who had some challenges. I was a young man with some challenges at one time in my life, and it was my peers and my environment change that impacted my life for the better. That, and a heavy dousing of grace and mercy. I am not only hopeful, I'm frankly rather proud that LU is a place that 2nd chances can be realized and redeemed.