Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz says he’s not bothered by critics on social media who chastise him when he shares his faith in Jesus Christ.
The 24-year-old Wentz, a five-time NCAA Football Championship Subdivision National Champion has been asked a couple times recently how he handles the criticism he receives for regularly sharing his faith on his social media platforms.
On Tuesday, Wentz appeared at Eastern University’s Olson Field with two of his teammates to discuss their faiths with The Associated Press’ sports writer Rob Maaddi and his co-hosts during a live episode of the “Faith on the Field” AM radio show.
Wentz, who was the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft after a successful collegiate career with North Dakota State University, says he has no problem tolerating a few nasty tweets every time he shares his faith on social media because he realizes there are many who’ve paid a much graver price for their faith.
“If you’re grounded in the world, criticism is hard,” Wentz explained on the show. “But Christ was nailed to a cross, and Paul went to jail for talking about Jesus, so I can stand a few negative tweets.”
In an interview with CSN Philly published on Tuesday, Wentz added that any criticism he receives for sharing his faith publicly will not change how he uses his platform as a professional athlete to advance God’s Kingdom.
“I have seen [negative] things here and there,” Wentz was quoted as saying. “It is what it is. Again, but they’re still reading it, they’re still following me. They’re still hearing what I believe to be true, so it’s a fine line.”
“Without a doubt, I want to use my platform to make a difference [in] peoples’ lives,” he said.
SOURCE: Samuel Smith