Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.—Psalm 146:3
ESPN recently published an piece by Mina Kimes, entitled, “The Search for Aaron Rodgers.” It chronicles the mind behind the man, the quirks and dreams, the mechanical makeup of Aaron Rodgers. One quote of the famed athlete stands out in this enlightening yet unsatisfying article, “I think organized religion can have a mind-debilitating effect, because there is an exclusivity that can shut you out from being open to the world, to people, and energy, and love and acceptance.”
Rodgers, a beloved Green Bay Packer, and my favorite player, is totally wrong. I hate to say it, I also hate how influential a charlatan like Rob Bell has been on Rodgers too. I hate to read how easy ones faith can be eroded by faux enlightenment. And I suppose Rodgers would be disappointed by this fan’s hate.
Yes, hate has the power to destroy, like the hate of the Devil in Eden’s garden–an account which Rodgers reasons a fable story. But hate of sin is what drove Christ to have mercy on us sinners that we might escape the hate of a clever Serpent. Hate of false narratives drives Rodgers into a tizzy and this Christian to hate the false old claims Rodgers makes about organized religion. If organization is structure and religion a replaceable noun what becomes of the structured things we hold dear: hospitals, unions, and dare we include football? Plenty of organizations have flaws, Christians are sinners mind you, but faith in these things cause no serious alarm if we are satisfied.
And so it is that satisfaction is our downfall. Content to make sense of our context without understanding our cause, our Creator. It’s no wonder that the worldview of Rodgers throws off the mantel of religion and embraces the world of gray. Where the unknown becomes the black and white, and those who affirm clear religious, Christian, conviction are the new grey. And this grey just isn’t what Rodgers is looking for, but it is the color this forever fan will embrace, because while I don’t need Rodgers to be a Packers fan I do need Christ to be a child of God.
 Kimes, Mina. “The Search for Aaron Rodgers.” ESPN.com. http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/page/enterpriseRodgers/green-bay-packers-qb-aaron-rodgers-unmasked-searching(accessed August 31, 2017).
 Rob Bell is the acclaimed author of “Love Wins,” a book about how Hell isn’t real. He is a former pastor turned pseudo motivational/spiritual speaker. Bell is a false teacher, a heretic, whose message is unchristian. Bell is a far cry from the orthodoxy Christians should expect including but not limited to the belief in the inerrancy of Scripture.