Minnesota Pastor Asks, What Would Jesus Say to Johnny Manziel?

Dec 20, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) warms up before the start of a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) warms up before the start of a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

What would Jesus say to former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, whose promising career recently grinded to a halt amid multiple domestic abuse incidents and drug scandals, asked the pastor of one of the largest churches in America in a new sermon series called “What Would Jesus Say to ______.”

Phil Print, senior pastor of Crossroads Church in Woodbury, Minnesota, asked this question in an April sermon, answering that Jesus would tell him to get some perspective and stop pride from controlling his life.

Print explained during his sermon that he chose to focus on 23-year-old Johnny Manziel, who was dropped by both the Cleveland Browns as well as his agent after multiple scandals and excessive partying, because he is an example of someone who seemingly won the “talent lottery” but “squandered it,” making a “royal mess of their life.”

Jesus would say to Manziel, Print surmised, that pride and failure to realize that all of the good things handed to you in life actually belong to Jesus.

“We all face pretty much the same thing Johnny Manziel faces on a smaller scale,” Print explains, saying that all Christians, like Manziel, have some degree of the “three P’s” in their life: Privilege, Possessions, and Prestige.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Katherine Weber