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The NFL’s Worst Problem Yet: “T-Shirt Gate”

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Well, the NFL finally dropped the hammer. That behavior will never happen again. We can all rest easier knowing that players who wear t-shirts with Christian messages will be properly threatened and fined. Wait, what?

Seriously? With all the bad press that the NFL is getting for players accused of child abuse and wife-beating, you would think that they would be looking for some good role models. It might even make sense to not harass a guy wearing a shirt about knowing Jesus and His peace. But that is exactly what happened to Redskins quarterback, Robert Griffin, the other day.

Griffin was confronted by a uniform inspector for the NFL and told he had to flip his shirt inside out or be fined. Apparently, NFL policy does not allow non-Nike t-shirts with personal messages on them. Meanwhile other players were seen wearing non Nike t-shirts with personal (non-Christian) messages on them. The one that stood out as inappropriate to the inspector? It was a shirt that says, “kNOw Jesus, kNOw Peace.”

The shirt is written in a clever way that delivers two messages, both are messages which could really help the NFL out these days: 1) Know Jesus, Know Peace, 2) No Jesus, No Peace.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and Lord of Peace (2 Thessalonians 3:16). All true peace comes through Him (Acts 10:36). Knowing Jesus leads to a “Peace that passes comprehension” (Philippians 4:7). Jesus offers an abundant life (John 10:10). Jesus teaches respect for women and children (ie., John 4; John 8; Luke 18:16-17). Jesus teaches selflessness (Mark 10:45). Jesus teaches lessons that the NFL desperately needs to hear.

Without Jesus, there can be no true peace in this lifetime. People will tell you how to find peace elsewhere, but they never lead to real peace (Jeremiah 8:11). Without Jesus, there simply is no peace in this world or the next (John 16:32-33).

A t-shirt may not answer the NFL’s problems, but the message on it can. Know Jesus and His peace today, because without Jesus, there is No Peace!

#RGIII, #NFL, #TSHIRTGATE, #KNOWJESUSKNOWPEACE

Are YOU on a Vexatious Litigant List?

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Diane Stretton was hired as a live-in nanny. Her job responsibilities included: watching Marcella Bracaconte’s children a few hours a day, light house work, and help cooking dinner. Everything worked well for a month or two, and then things went terribly wrong.

According to Bracaconte, Stretton refused to work for an entire month and closed herself in her room except to come out and eat. Bracaconte fired Stretton and tried to have her removed from the house. But when she looked for help from the police and the courts, Bracaconte had a rude awakening…the law is on the nanny’s side!

You see, this isn’t Stretton’s first legal rodeo. She knows how to use California’s laws to her advantage. According to CNN investigators, she has been in court many times over the years. In fact, the “nightmare nanny,” is so litigious, that she is on California’s notorious “Vexatious Litigant List.” This list is for those who “continually bring legal action, regardless of merit, against others with the sole intention of harassment” (CNN; #Squatting Nanny).

California isn’t the only state that keeps a list of repeat litigants. Some countries have been keeping these lists for years. But here is a little food for thought: Is there a Vexatious Litigant List at your congregation?

Wow. What an awful thought! Have you ever seen people in the church bring frivolous complaints and start arguments, “regardless of merit,” for the intention of harassment? And if so, do we simply put them on a list, or do we deal with them Biblically? And what would that look like?

Of course, Christians are cautioned against bringing suit against each other (1 Corinthians 6:1-11). Believers ought to be able to handle issues internally and not “air their differences” among non-believers. And Jesus prayed for unity among His believers (John 17:21). There is nothing quite so sad or un-Christlike, as disunity.

Nevertheless, the Apostle Paul once commanded Christians to, “keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive” (2 Thessalonians 3:6). We must watch our words and our lives in order to save others, not cause them to stumble (1 Timothy 4:16). Saving others includes distancing the impressionable from the contrarian.

So…before you “go to court” against a fellow believer, or bring a complaint to the elders or others (especially outside of the church), consider this: do I tend to complain a lot? Am I always the contrarian on matters of opinion or expediency? Is it possible I made my congregation’s Vexatious Litigant List? And if so, how will I start living differently today?