Friday, May 2, 2008

And This Is The Side Of Ron Brown I Don't Miss

Ron Brown's heard it about his prayer circles after each Husker football game.

Believe him, he's heard it -- from the ACLU, from university administrators, from upset fans.

He's heard threats. He's heard that, as a public employee endorsing Christianity, he's breaking the law. His response to all that?

"Take me to jail," the assistant Husker football coach says. "This life is not worth saving to lose my freedom in Christ."

Lying is a sin Ron. You have never lost a job because of your prayer circles after games nor been threatened too. You have lost job opportunities (He's never been fired that I know of) because you are a bigot sir. No different than a White man who believes the color of your skin makes you inferior. You are an outstanding football coach who could have been and should have been a head coach by now. But you just can't keep your hatred to yourself. You and your pal Tony Dungy should just be thankful that circumstances keep others from calling you out more than they do. (which isn't much)

That's the kind of boldness Brown encouraged Christians to have about their faith while speaking Thursday at a breakfast in Aurora celebrating the annual National Day of Prayer.

Yes I love it when a persecuted Christian shows real courage by giving a speech to a church in rural Nebraska.

Brown likened prayer to a huddle in football -- a critical element but not the only one. If the Huskers remained in the huddle for an entire game, never to run a play, "that'd be a sorry team," he said.

Instead, Brown urged the nearly 200 people gathered at Aurora's Leadership Center to make sure their prayers for boldness and the spread of God's Word are coupled with action.

Ron's got a point here. People who spend their days just praying all the time are a pretty sorry bunch.

Brown readily acknowledged that talking boldly about one's faith at work or school could draw controversy or even result in getting fired. In fact, Christians should expect persecution as a part of living out their faith, he said.

Yes it's so tragic when 87% of the country can't fight for itself and gets persecuted. Actually Ron, Christians don't get persecuted as part of living their faith. If you actually lived your I wouldn't have a problem at all. But you are so unsure of your own faith that you have to go around telling everybody just how holy you are while seeing fit to do the Lords work by judging others. When somebody points this out to you you see it as persecution.

"That doesn't mean that Christians have to clam up, go into a corner and not bring out the truth," Brown said. "Many of us have been ducking and running and hiding because we're afraid to get hit."

Yes keep hitting others with your version of the truth and then when somebody swings back at you because they have had enough of your BS yell "persecution."

Brown returned to the Husker football coaching staff this year as tight ends coach after working as receivers coach from 1987 to 2003 under Tom Osborne and Frank Solich.

The man is a great football coach no doubt about it. And his religious views land him recruits. From that aspect of it I am glad he's back. He does his job well and should be allowed to continue to do so.

He spent the last four years as state director of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes but has long been active in Christian ministry during his coaching tenure.

He and former Husker Stan Parker are co-founders and co-directors of Mission Nebraska, which seeks to spread the Christian message throughout the state. The nonprofit group runs the My Bridge Radio network, including KROA in Doniphan.

Good for him. Just as I think he's a great coach and am glad he's back I won't shed too many tears should the call of the Lord lead him to other things.

All that involvement makes for a packed schedule, but on Thursday morning, just a few hours removed from a night flight from Philadelphia, Brown showed no signs of fatigue.

Sporting a black Nebraska polo shirt, Brown spoke energetically and forcefully, framing the Christian message in no uncertain terms.

Again at a Church in Aurora, Nebraska. I fail to see this as some heroic act.

"We're not just talking about a good religious experience here," he said. "The National Day of Prayer is focused on Jesus Christ and who he is."

Did you know him personally Ron? What is his favorite color? You sure your focus isn't on who Ron Brown really is?

Brown held up first-century Christians as an example, citing their prayer for boldness and their willingness to give up their lives for their faith. At least 11 of the Twelve Apostles are believed to have been killed because of their belief in Jesus.

Ok are you asking people to die for their faith? You first OK Ron?

"You think they were murdered for their faith because they were doing Bible studies here and a little retreat over there?" he said.

Actually this statement makes Ron out to be a total liar from his first statement. Remember...

Ron Brown's heard it about his prayer circles after each Husker football game.

Believe him, he's heard it -- from the ACLU, from university administrators, from upset fans.
He's heard threats. He's heard that, as a public employee endorsing Christianity, he's breaking the law. His response to all that?

It's the same thing as asking do you think Ron Brown has really not gotten a head coaching job or been threatened to be fired because of his prayer circles here and there after games?

It comes down to consistency, he said. Prayers on Sunday are useless unless matched with action the rest of the week.

He's right here Prayer on Sunday does no good if you don't believe the rest of the week and put your faith to work by believing God will do his or her job without you telling him/her how to do it.

"I can't be two Ron Browns," he said. "I can't be a secular Ron Brown and a Christian Ron Brown.”

That's true. Because you are too busy being Ron Brown and Jesus Christ and let's face it that is a full time job.

I want to add one thing to this article. In 1990 I was coming back from Ames Iowa after Nebraska had just beaten Iowa State 45-13. A friend of mine and I were in the back seat of the car with my parents in the front. As we turned around and looked behind us Ron Brown was driving and smiled and waved at us. The man is by almost all accounts a good man. I do not now nor have I ever maintained his beliefs and more importantly his words should keep him from employment. I also have no problem with Universities like Stanford looking at his words and choosing not to hire him. That is their choice and it makes sense.

Ron Brown is a great football coach just as Tom Osborne was a great football coach. Ron Brown is out spoken about his Christian faith just as Tom Osborne was. ( thought not nearly as much) Ron Brown as used his "faith" as a tool to sit in judgment of others different than him which is something I never remember Tom Osborne doing.

I have to assume being a mortal human that Ron Brown like the rest of us spends his days sining. This doesn't make him a bad person and doesn't give me the right to judge him. I just wish he treated others whom he considers to be sining the same way. And just for once let that God you claim to have so much faith in do their job.

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