Australian rugby player Samu Kerevi of the Wallabies, who apologized to fans who were offended because he declared “I love you Jesus” during Easter, has clarified his comments after an uproar on social media.
“‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ John 3:16. Thank You Jesus for dying on the cross for me. I love you Jesus #AO1,” Kerevi wrote on Instagram just over a week ago.
While many fans expressed support for Kerevi’s declaration of his faith, others questioned whether he supported the views of Wallabies superstar teammate, Israel Folau.
Folau has been charged with a high-level code of conduct breach for sharing a scriptural message on social media that Hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, [and] idolaters” who do not repent.
“I know a lot of gay kids and adults in our sport would love to hear a rugby leader like you say you love and respect them for who they are – are you willing to endorse that message?” wrote one fan in response to Kerevi’s Christian quote.
“I hope you don’t support Israel’s comments Samu,” added another.
After the criticism, Kerevi, reportedly wrote on Instagram that: “I apologize to anyone that I have offended in giving praise to our God on a weekend that we take off to celebrate his sacrifice for you and I.”
After that apology went viral, Kerevi sought to clarify his comments in a follow-up post on Tuesday morning.
“I appreciate the kind messages from everyone. But to be clear, I’m not apologizing for my faith in Jesus Christ my Savior. God will always come first in my life and many other professional rugby players. Today, I felt things were taken out of context in regards to certain articles. I do not feel obliged to apologize to people because of the situation happening with a brother of mine,” he said in a post on Instagram Tuesday accompanied by John 16:33, which reads, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
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Source: Christian Post