One Christian NFL player was fined for an unbelievable reason

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Christian athletes have come under increased scrutiny.

Tim Tebow was constantly mocked for his openness about his Christian faith.

Now a Christian NFL player received a fine for one shocking reason.

New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis is a devout Christian who’s open about his faith.

He wore a headband to express his faith in God, but the NFL was none too pleased with his gesture.

The NFL levied a $7,000 fine for violating their “personal message” policy.

The Daily Mail reports:

New Orleans Saints star Demario Davis has been fined more than $7,000 by the NFL after he wore a ‘Man of God’ headband.

Davis sported the headband under his helmet during the Saints’ Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 22.

A few days later he shared a photo of the headband on Instagram with the caption:

“So, I got fined $7K for my headband. Should I continue to wear it, or nah? #LetThePeopleDecide #ManOfThePeople #ManOfGod.”

The linebacker was slapped with the fine because the head gear violates the NFL’s “personal message” on uniforms rule.

If he wears it again, the second offense would cost him $14,037, according to the NFL.

The NFL has clearly lost its way.

Davis isn’t even the only Christian New Orleans Saints player to come under scrutiny for his faith.

Future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees was attacked for appearing in an ad by a Christian group that was promoting a campaign for kids to take their Bibles to school.

Brees was hectored by Left-wing media outlets and LGBT activists to address his appearance in the ad.

It’s unfortunate that expressing Christian beliefs is somehow now troublesome and worthy of fines and public explanations.

Leftism has seeped into so many aspects of American culture, and Christianity is one of its main targets.

Should Davis have been fined for wearing the headband?

Let us know in the comment section below.

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  2. This is another reason NOT to watch the NFL. Between the kneeling and attacking Christians, the league has gone to the dogs.
    I don’t watch! Haven’t for the past 4 years. Couldn’t care less if the league folds and the owners, players go broke.

  3. DONE with the nfl. I won’t even capitalize the letters any more just as I no longer capitalize democrat.

  4. I’d prefer it if the league folds and the owners go broke. Then, perhaps, we could start it all over again with a different attitude toward “God and country.” I’ve not watched for years, either, though I have a friend on the left (we don’t talk politics) who still is a Minnesota fan. I listen to her enthusiasms, and just shake my head after we part ways. There are always a few who are oblivious to what’s slapping them in the face.

  5. NO, He should NOT be fined! Our country was based on Christian values and saying tha twe are a person of GOD is NOT WONG!

  6. When my mom passed away, the minister said she proudly showed her faith to all! I was never so proud of her! If it’s under the helmet it’s in Demario’s heart! NFL is taking their rules to the extreme.

  7. Behold, God is not mocked. Those who stand in the gap will be in His care, but persecution is evident. Satan has his recruits, and they do not realize that he wants company in the pit of hell where he will be.

  8. Dispicable that christians are attacked by the hell bound leftist that have closed their minds and don’t have a clue about God. SAD

  9. His headband wasn’t being displayed. It was under his helmet if a Demo had done this they would be crying that it was “freedom of speech” being under attack.
    If people can burn the American flag and call it freedom of speech, then Demario should be able to do the same.
    So what if a minority’s of people don’t like it. He has a right to wear what he wants to wear.

  10. The REASON FOOTBALL has been such a HUGE HIT in AMERICA? Because if their CHRISTIAN FAITH and FAMILY UNITY! The minute you remove either one? YOU ARE LEFT WITH NOTHING. How many times do you see players point toward HEAVEN when things go right on the field? EVERY TIME. … I guess the NFL don’t need our money? Or for AMERICA to turn the TV onto the network that is broadcasting their games. LOOK, IT IS THEIR CHOICE? AND THEIR LOSS? … Plenty of other sports to watch on Television. LATER NFL. … GIVE THAT MAN OF GOD HIS MONEY BACK!

  11. The nfl needs to not only stick their tail between their tails between their tails but stick it but stick up their back side as far as possible.So as for as it goes with your stupid rulings I do not even watch college foot ball.
    I would not try to pursuade any one to persue a future in foot ball.

  12. I can’t believe I use to watch NFL every game and now I haven’t seen one in 2 years and don’t miss it at all…

    JZ is their new leader, how PATEHETIC is that???

  13. Rules are Rules
    If they don’t like the rule go thru the proper channels and have it removed or have the players vote on the issue. He has the right to think that way, but if one get a head band with a message on it then all the players will be doing it. the rule is there for a reason, the NFL gets money off advertising and its has to be paid for plus it looks tacky to have a head ban with a message on it.

  14. It is such a shame that Mr. Davis was fined for this. His headband just states he is a man of GOD. He is making a statement. Nothing hateful or bigoted either. But it’s all right for some ungrateful NFL players by making their disrespectful statements by kneeling ? Which to me IS something those players SHOULD have been fined for. They are disrespecting the country and it’s citizens that made it possible for them to get paid their huge salaries, for pity sake.
    It wasn’t until the Democrats threw GOD out and all this PC nonsense began that no one had a problem with any sports figure crossing themselves, or thanking GOD when they scored, or prayed before a game. Now it’s a crime.
    I know a lot of people love football but,. perhaps people should start letting the NFL this conduct is unacceptable. Don’t go to games, or even watch it on TV. The only way to get someone’s attention is to hit them in their wallets. Maybe then things will change. Just my opinion.

  15. Now this league thinks it’s bigger than God huh. I havent watched a single nfl game in 4 years after the refusing to stand for the national anthem. And now this! Who do they think they are making millions of $$$$$ and don’t even have the descentcy to be thankful to God who blessed them with this oppurtunity.

  16. ivdad: You know I forgot about what K was wearing and the NFL had no problem with that, did they? From what I know, he wasn’t fined a dime. Disgusting…….

  17. My husband is an atheist. Nevertheless, he is disgusted by the NFL and speaks very poorly of them these days. I am disappointed my husband doesn’t believe in God, but even he thinks Demario was within his rights to wear the headband. With each passing day my country, which I love, seems to be more and more like a Communist country. If we don’t stand for something, we’ll fall for anything. While my husband and I don’t always agree, we both stand for our beliefs. Why did a marry an atheist? I wasn’t a Christian 56 years ago when we met.

  18. So you say it’s tacky to wear a head band glorifying God huh. You are STUPID and people like you are whats wrong with this society today.

  19. Indeed, why is the TEAM not fined for having a name that is so obviously politically incorrect? Perhaps if they changed to DEVILS, the amti-Christians would approve?

  20. It is a shame when what this country was founded on is going to hell. We aren’t ever going to have peace in this country if we don’t get back to God!! Stand tall and keep the faith. Love ya brother

  21. The man doesn’t seem to have a uniform on and besides his helmet would cover it. I see nothing wrong in a man being a God fearing christian. Anytime , Anywhere.

  22. Continue to wear it proudly!
    What is the name of your team? oh yeah — The SAINTS!!
    What does the N represent (or at least it used to…) in NFL? Oh yeah — National (In God We Trust) remember those days…!
    Personalized Shoes, 100s of Tattoos, Eye Black (messages/stickers), Terrible Towels, etc. are they not based on “personal messages”?

    Get Real NFL!! Mr. Goodell and owners, you are the leaders, take a stand for what’s right, don’t kowtow to the media, or stupid wanna-be groups that make a point of being pointless. And oh yeah, don’t forget who pays your salaries, fill your stands and stays glued to TVs when we are not in the stands — oh yeah — We Do!!

  23. The nfl has lost their way! Our country was founded by GOD loving Christians and for us to be told how to express our religion is not the nfl’s business, that is a civil rights violation and I hope someone stands up to the nfl and files a criminal action against them.

  24. But Cam Newton can wear a woman’s scarf on his head and that’s okay? Really?

    Demario, continue to make a stand for the Gospel! God bless you, bro.

  25. Although I believe Demario chose to do the right thing … and I hope he continues to do the right thing, too … this is what happens when people take their eyes off God and seek other gods. Yes, I know, others are going to get on my case for saying that; believing that God gave him the talent to play as well as he does, but if Demario truly loved God, as he says he does, he wouldn’t be playing for a team that chooses to fine their players for expressing their faith. It is a choice: Either find a team that is FOR God or play for the team that will pay him the most money. Since more and more “teams” are putting down their players for their faith, personally, I’d find another talent that would honor God and use it instead. Just my opinion, of course!

  26. Removing Anything “GOD” from our society will eventually destroy this country. The blessings of America come from God.

  27. I have great respect for Demario Davis, Drew Brees and Tim Tebow, what great role models they are for our youth, too bad the NFL does not care about that. I have NO respect for the NFL!!

  28. “The NFL levied a $7,000 fine for violating their “personal message” policy.”

    So lets get this straight there is no FREEDOM OF SPEECH or RELIGION in the nfl unless they are spouting anti American or anti Christian nonsense.

    They let those one take to a knee to send their PERSONAL MESSAGE until it started effecting their income as people turned them off over their continued allowance of players POLITICIZING the game with their personal messages of hate against America yet every time someone shows anything in support of Christianity, Helping people for a number of various valid causes (like breast cancer) they get fined for this violation of having a PERSONAL message even when not visible to the public. (hidden under a helmet etc.)

    It is not just the nfl either remember the one a while back who even though they were told their head band was acceptable got disqualified after winning because of a similar head band. Apparently someone anti Christian complained about seeing it or they just could not stand for it to be visible in the publicity the winner was going to receive.

    It reminds me of the woman years ago that SUED to have the very word God removed from the dictionary her excuse was that she wanted to deny her children the right to even know about religions that are God based. In other words deny them their first amendment rights by forcing them to only know about atheism without any other choice in the matter.

    If that sounds familiar that is because a certain government in Europe in the 30s tried to force everyone to be atheist because any God based religion holds life sacred and conflicted with its plans to murder millions over their political beliefs, religious beliefs, and racial appearance or just for opposing their plans to do so.

  29. I agree with you Kathryn Rowe, why do the athletic’s bow down to these Socialst Libro rats? Don’t change, you are not breaking the law…they are it’s your freedom to do as you wish…

  30. I put their commercials along with my pillow and newgenx.. Worth the price of a bottle of liquid paper..

  31. NFL you just lost another GOD believing, USA loving football fan. Keep it up you’re destroying the NFL one fan at a time

  32. Keep wearing this. In the end, God will prevail. That’s what’s wrong with this country; God is being left out. I’m so glad he’s standing up for our ALMIGHTY GOD.
    Thank you.

  33. NFL does everything to impede values that they themselves want to promote. For example, the want children to workout for 60 minutes each day, to get a good education, to go to games with their families, to buy their products and to watch their game feeds on television. So if you add taking a knee or mentioning religion in anything associated with their brand, you get fined or harassed by the league. They need to wake up to all the bad things that go along with their big business and listen to the folks who pay the freight. If the NFL wants to promote good, healthy values, they cannot go half way. Did you see that they fined Ben R. from Pittsburgh for wearing an Apple watch last week? Just another way to alienate their fans. Sometimes these NFL executive just don’t get it.

  34. Folks I agree with Mike and others 100%. Have not watched or listened to an nfl game in 4+ years and guess what, I do not miss them. College fills the need when I want to watch a football game. now the nba is siding with China? WTH? It has been even longer since I’ve even watched or listened to an nba game, probably 10+, filled with thugs. I also don’t see this being a part of his uniform. Was Kaepernick
    finded for his cop/pig socks? I don’t recall he was.

  35. What is wrong with the NFL. Freedom of SPEECH is guaranteed under our Constitution within reason. You can’t say things that are RUDE, SEXUAL, DEFAMING or TREASIONE. We the people of the United States have made it clear that we do not like people disrespecting our Country’s Anthem and Flag. Do we now have to explain to the NFL that we don’t like them punishing a Man of God. Just to make things clear I am a White Man, a Christian my God and yours and respects our Country.

  36. They can go to the Hell they dont believe in. ALL christians keep showing your faith or they succeed in their demonic HATE.

  37. NO fine should be levied and an immediate refund should occur. We can all fix this by voting in 2020!! No one should stay home this time around. To do so implies cowardice to stand for this great country and our one true God. Only we can change the direction our culture is headed. Praise God and praise Mr. Davis for honoring Him.

  38. That Worthless crapernak helped ruined the NFL!!I haven’t watched a game in over 2 years and don’t miss it at all !! Give the man his $7000 bucks back!

  39. freedom of sending the personal message
    by kneel against our country’s flag and ideals is ok..
    but not referencing yourself as God’s Son ???
    Its utter bull and bullying tactics!!!

  40. I always thought it was freedom of Religion, not from Religion! This Country is upside down with the Left touting their Climate Change Religion and don’t you dare be a Denier or calling an Illegal Alien Illegal, it could land you in jail in CA!

  41. This is his right to freedom of expression/speech and freedom of religion. The NFL apparently has no regard for the Bill of Rights. How very sad and tragic!!

  42. Reid, that would be okay, except that it was just fine when K. did it. What is okay for one is okay for everyone. Their double standard really sucks. And, NO, it is not tacky to wear a head band with a message on it.

  43. Ok, change the head ban to say “I’m a saint” and lets see if they have something to say about that. Idiots

  44. He should not have been fined. Christians have the right under the Constitution to display their faith. If the Democrat leftists and the LGBT want to be biased and discriminate against Christians then that’s proof that they don’t uphold American values and our Constitution. We don’t need that kind of leadership in government nor do we need it in our sports franchises. They can all go jump in the ocean and hopefully the fish won’t get a belly ache from the polluted water.

  45. Did the policy against “personal message” attire exist at that time? If not, then it was like Colin Kaepernick’s antics that led to the creation of this policy by and for the National Football League.

  46. The Constitution of the United States prohibits the federal government, the State governments, municipal governments and all other governments within the jurisdiction of the United States from enacting laws that would permit the punishment (whether by death, imprisonment, probation, disenfranchisement or even fine, whatever) of anybody for expression of faith. It absolutely does not prohibit a private civilian or a privately-owned corporate entity from enacting and enforcing policies that have or would have the effect of severing a private contract between himself/herself/itself and another, reversible by stipulations including apologies, payments or gifts. We have or are to have freedom of association, in the United States of America!

  47. This world is ruled by satan. The biggest weapon we have is prayer. Pray and ask GOD to put a curse on those who are doing the devil’s work and taking away our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. The system is rigged we can’t beat them but GOD can. Ask once afterwards thank HIM for answering your prayer

  48. I don’t see the controversy. In the secular public school system, students may wear religious messages on clothing, just as they may wear religious attire, such as yarmulkes, crosses, crucifixes, and head scarves.

    In 1995, a joint statement of current law regarding religion in public schools was published by a variety of religious and civil liberties organizations.

    This statement served as the basis for U.S. Department of Education guidelines intended to alleviate concerns about constitutional religious activities in schools.

    Here are general rules concerning what school personnel and students may do:

    Students have the right to pray or to discuss their religious views with their peers so long as they are not disruptive.

    The history of religion and comparative religion are permissible school subjects so long as the approach is objective and serves a legitimate educational purpose.

    Students may study the role of religion in the history of the United States.

    Schools may discuss various religious groups‚ beliefs about the origin of life on Earth in comparative religion or social studies classes.

    Students may express their religious beliefs in the forms of reports, homework and artwork so long as such expression meets the other criteria of the assignment.

    Religious or anti-religious remarks made in the ordinary course of classroom discussion or student presentations and that are germane are permissible, but students do not have the right to give sermons to a captive audience.

    Students have the right to distribute religious literature to their classmates, subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions.

    Students have the right to speak to, and attempt to persuade their peers about religious topics just as they do with regard to political topics.

    Student religious clubs in secondary schools must be permitted to meet and to have equal access to campus media to announce their meetings.

    Public schools may teach objectively about religious holidays and may celebrate the secular aspects of the holiday.

    Students may wear religious messages on clothing, just as they may wear religious attire, such as yarmulkes, crosses, crucifixes, and head scarves.

    Students may be released for religious instruction off school premises.

    Students may read the Bible or other religious literature during their free time at school.

    Faith groups that support the First Amendment and oppose government-sponsored prayer in public schools include:

    National Council of Churches; American Baptist Churches, USA; Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); The Episcopal Church; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Friends Committee on National Legislation; Mennonite Central Committee USA; Presbyterian Church (USA); General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists; United Church of Christ; United Methodist Church; Unitarian Universalist Association; American Jewish Congress; Anti-Defamation League; Central Conference of American Rabbis; National Council of Jewish Women; North American Council for Muslim Women; Soka Gakkai International USA.

    Most religious denominations, across the theological spectrum, have issued formal statements supporting the Supreme Court’s prayer and Bible-reading decisions. These people of faith value the hard-won freedom of conscience that belongs to all of us.

  49. Prayer is not a crime.

    Chanting the names of God is a universal religious practice.

    Dr. Harvey Cox, a liberal Protestant theologian at the Harvard Divinity School, observes:

    “Almost every religion I know of has formulae, prayers, chants or hymns, in which the repetition of sound, is used for a devotional purpose… But I think that these criticisms of chanting or repetition of prayers as somehow mentally destructive are frankly some of the most uninformed and ignorant of the criticisms I’ve come across.

    “These sorts of criticisms cannot possibly by made by people who know anything about the history of religions, unless they want to come right out and say that they’re against all religion, or all devotional practices, all prayer — which I think many of them are. At least they ought to be honest and not conceal their personal bias under allegedly scientific language.”

    Every genuine religious tradition in the world teaches that God’s names are holy and meant to be glorified. The Bible contains numerous references to glorifying God and His holy name. (Exodus 15:3; Deuteronomy 32:2-3; I Chronicles 16:8-36; Psalms 29:2, 47:1, 86:11, 91:14, 96:1-3, 97:12, 98:4-6, 113:3, 116:1-17, 146:1, 148:1-5, 13)

    The Lord and His name are praised throughout the Psalms. “I will praise the name of God with a song,” says King David. (Psalm 69:30) In other places we read: “All nations whom Thou hast made shall come and worship before Thee, O Lord: and shall glorify Thy name.” (Psalm 86:9)

    “O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him: talk ye of all His wondrous works. Glory ye in His holy name.”

    (Psalm 105:1-4)

    “…Praise Him with the timbrel and the dance; praise Him upon the loud cymbals.”

    (Psalm 150:4-5)

    Israel Baal Shem Tov (1699-1761), the great Jewish mystic, founded Hasidism, a popular pietist movement within Judaism, in which members dance and chant in glorification of God. The Hasidism were especially influenced by verses in Psalms calling for the joyful worship of the Lord through song. (Psalms 100:1,2, 104:33)

    According to The Jewish Almanac: “In the Jewish tradition the name actually partakes of the essence of God. Thus, knowledge of the name is a vehicle to God, a conveyor of divine energy, an interface between the Infinite and the finite… It is curious that a tradition that places such a strong emphasis on the One God possesses such a large number of names for the divine. Each name, however, actually represents a different quality or aspect of God.”

    When teaching his disciples how to pray, Jesus Christ glorified God’s holy name: “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.” (Matthew 6:9) Jesus also approved of his disciples’ singing joyfully in praise of God. (Luke 19:36-40) Of his own name, Jesus said: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there with them.” (Matthew 18:20)

    The apostle Paul told his gentile followers to speak to one another in psalms and hymns, to sing heartily and make music to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19) He further taught them to instruct and admonish one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. (Colossians 3:16)

    Paul wrote to his gentile congregation in Rome: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) According to the historian Eusebius, there was “one common consent in chanting forth the praises of God,” in the early Christian churches.

    The Gregorian chants, popularized in the sixth century by Pope Gregory and later by works like Handel’s masterpiece the Messiah, with its resounding choruses of “hallelujah” (which means “praised be the name of God” in Hebrew), are still performed and appreciated all over the world.

    In addition to praising the Lord’s name and glories through music, song, and dance, there has also emerged the practice of meditating upon God by chanting upon beads of prayer.

    St. John Chrysostom recommended the “prayerful invocation of the name of God,” which he said should be “uninterrupted.”

    Reverend Norman Moorhouse of the Church of England writes:

    “The rosary is chiefly associated with Roman Catholics, but many members of the Church of England also use it. And there are many Russian orthodox Christians who chant the name of Jesus several hundred or thousand times every day…

    “In the Book of Psalms there are biddings to praise the name of the Lord and to sing…I remember that during the Second World War, I was in Greece for Easter, and it was a wonderful thing to hear all the people chanting and singing ‘Christos anesethe’—Christ is risen.”

    The repetition of the Jesus prayer (“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me”) became a regular practice among members of the Eastern Church. In The Way of a Pilgrim, a Russian monk describes this form of meditation:

    “The continuous interior prayer of Jesus is a constant, uninterrupted calling upon the divine name of Jesus with the lips, in the spirit, in the heart… One who accustoms himself to this appeal experiences… so deep a consolation and so great a need to offer the prayer always, that he can no longer live without it.”

    “Perhaps you’ve heard about Hesychasm, a technique of mantra meditation that was employed by Christians as far back as the third century after Christ,” says the Reverend Alvin Hart, an Episcopal priest in New York. “The method was the simple chanting of ‘the Jesus prayer,’ which runs like this: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me.’ I personally have found great comfort in this mantra.”

    According to Reverend Hart, “Although it was recently popularized by the New Age movement…’the Jesus Prayer’ has a long and venerable tradition in the Philokalia, an important book on Christian mysticism. The word Philokalia literally means ‘the love of spiritual beauty,’ and I can say that the book definitely brings its readers to that level of appreciation…

    “The Philokalia also emphasizes the importance of accepting a spiritual master. The Greek words used are starets and geront, but they basically mean the same thing. The result of chanting under a proper master is theosis, or the ‘respiritualization of the personality.’”

    Reverend Hart says, “When we call on God — and we should learn how to do this at every moment, even in the midst of our day-to-day work — we should be conscious of Him, and then our prayer will have deeper effects, deeper meaning. This, I know, is the basic idea of Krishna Consciousness. In the Christian tradition, too, we are told to ALWAYS pray ceaselessly. This is a biblical command. (I Thessalonians 5:17)

    “In a sense, this could also be considered the heart of the Christian process as well. For instance, in the Latin Mass, before the Gospel is read, there is a prayer spoken by the priest: dominus sit in corde meo et in labiis meis, which means, ‘May the Lord be in my heart and on my lips.’ What better way is there to have God on one’s lips than by chanting the holy name? Therefore, the Psalms tell us that from ‘the rising of the sun to its setting’ the Lord’s name is to be praised. And Paul echoes this idea by telling us that ‘whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Romans 10:13)”

    Dr. Klaus Klostermaier notes that meditation and prayer are “important in the Christian tradition, at least for certain sects and monastic orders… In the Philokalia and in the path recommended by The Pilgrim, you find the…’Jesus Prayer,’ which may be unknown to most Christians today, but was very powerful in its time.

    “So people are aware of the potency of ‘the name’ and the importance of focusing on it as a mantra… But it must be done with devotion… The idea of logos, or ‘the Word,’ has elaborate theological meaning that is intimately tied to the nature of Jesus and, indeed, to the nature of God.”

    “All the basic principles of bhakti yoga are richly exemplified in Christianity,” writes Dr. Houston Smith in The Religions of Man. Dr. Smith is a Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His 1958 book is used as a standard text in major universities. Dr. Smith explains the fundamental principle of bhakti or devotion:

    “All we have to do in this yoga is to love God dearly — not just say we love Him but love Him in fact, love Him only (loving other things because of Him), and love Him for no ulterior reason (even from the desire for liberation) but for love’s sake alone…

    “…every strengthening of our affections toward God will weaken the world’s grip. The saint may, indeed will, love the world far more than the addict, but he will love it in a very different way, seeing in it the reflected glory of the God he adores.

    “How is this love of God to be developed?” asks Dr. Smith. “Japa is the practice of repeating the names of God. It finds a close Christian parallel in one of the classics of Russian Orthodoxy, The Way of a Pilgrim. This book is the story of an unnamed peasant whose first concern is to fulfill the biblical injunction to ‘Pray without ceasing.’

    “He wanders through Russia and Siberia with a knapsack of dried bread for food and the charity of men for shelter, consulting many authorities only to come away empty-hearted until… he meets a holy man who teaches him ‘a constant, uninterrupted calling upon the divine Name of Jesus with the lips, in the spirit, in the heart… at all times, in all places, even during sleep.’

    “The peasant’s teacher trains him until he can repeat the name of Jesus more than 12,000 times a day without strain. ‘This frequent service of the lips imperceptibly becomes a genuine appeal of the heart.’ The prayer becomes a constant warming presence within him… a ‘bubbling joy.’ ‘Keep the name of the Lord spinning in the midst of all your activities’ is the Hindu statement of the same point.”

    In Islam, the names of God are held sacred and meditated upon. According to tradition, there are ninety-nine names of Allah, found inscribed upon monuments such as the Taj Mahal and on the walls of mosques. These names are chanted on an Islamic rosary, which consists of three sets of thirty-three beads.

    The Sanskrit literatures of ancient India are diverse and cover a vast body of knowledge. The one hundred eight principle Upanishads tend to focus primarily on spiritual wisdom, while the eighteen Puranas contain historical narrations from the distant past, when humans were pious, civilizations were more enlightened and the miraculous was ordinary. The Kali-santarana Upanishad emphasizes chanting:

    “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna
    Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
    Hare Rama, Hare Rama
    Rama Rama, Hare Hare”

    to counteract the ill effects of this present age of spiritual darkness, while the Brihan-naradiya Purana emphatically states thrice that there is no alternative for spiritual deliverance in this age other than chanting God’s holy names. Traditionally, the Lord is glorified congregationally, with drums, cymbals and dance, or He may be praised individually, in silent prayer, upon rosary beads.

    Dr. Guy Beck’s PhD thesis, Sonic Theology: Hinduism and the Soteriological Function of Sacred Sound examines the doctrine that the Word or divine sound can have a “salvific” effect. Examining the Vaishnava (worshippers of Lord Vishnu, or Krishna) practice of chanting God’s names upon beads of prayer, he observes: “…a work from the sixth century AD, entitled the Jayakhya-Samhita, contains… many early references to the practice of japa or silent prayer.

    “It says that there are three considerations in doing japa repetitions — employing the rosary (the akshamala), saying the words aloud (vachika) or repeating them in a low voice (upamshu). There are quite a few details in this text, garnered from early sources, and so a case can be made for a pre-Islamic, and even pre-Christian, use of beads or rosary in the Vaishnava tradition.”

    Because the Roman Catholics did not begin using rosary or japa beads until the era of St. Dominic, or the 12th century, Dr. Beck concludes, “the Vaishnavas were chanting japa from very early on.”

    Father Robert Stephens, a Catholic priest in Australia, considers Krishna “one of the many names of God.” He writes that he is “saddened at the narrowness and arrogance of many Christian fundamentalists;” “those who claim a monopoly on all truth or goodness;” “those who desperately cling only to external forms under the pretense of faith in God,” and “those who have turned their Sacred scriptures into mere weaponry against those who differ from themselves.”

    According to Father Stephens, we who engage in interreligious discussion “have firm support from the Catholic Church, especially the Second Vatican Council, and from such official bodies as the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Dialogue Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.”

    Father Stephens observes that “Because spiritual riches belong to all, dialogue and sharing are not an optional extra in a pluralistic society. We cannot live in a fortress of one-eyed people.” Father Gerald O’Collins SJ, similarly, is of the opinion that the Bible does not necessarily provide authoritative answers to new questions which arise in the life of the Church, and that the Bible is not that kind of “norm for every problem and every situation.”

    Father Bede Griffiths says of Bhagavad-gita, “For a Christian, this is a wonderful confirmation of God’s love contained in the Gospel.” Meister Eckhart wrote: “When we say God is ‘eternal,’ we mean God is eternally young.” This is Krishna Consciousness. God is an eternal youth.

    Matthew Fox’s statement that “God and God’s Son are ultimately attractive and alluring because of their beauty” is also consistent with Vaishnavaism. The name “Krishna” means “the all attractive one.”

    Dr. Harvey Cox, a liberal Protestant theologian at the Harvard Divinity School, favorably compares Krishna Consciousness with Christianity:

    “You can see the obvious similarities. Here you have the idea of a personal God who becomes incarnate… revealing what God is about and eliciting a form of participation in the life of God.

    “I think a Christian will have some natural sensitivity to Krishna devotion… devotion of the heart, that is, pietistic Christianity… We noted several surprising similarities between what you might call Appalachian folk religion and Krishna Consciousness. Both religions put a big emphasis on joy, the spiritual joy of praising God…

    “…both traditions emphasize puritanical values and practice certain forms of asceticism such as no drinking, no smoking, no non-marital sex and no gambling… Both seem to put more emphasis on a future life or another world.”

    According to Dr. Cox, “You have to remember that if you had been there at the early Methodist frontier revivals here in America… you would have seen some very ecstatic behavior… jumping up and down and singing. This sort of ecstatic religious behavior is, of course, associated with religious devotion from time immemorial in virtually every culture. We happen to be living in a culture which is very restricted, unimaginative, and narrow in this regard.”

    The Sikh religion is a blend of Hinduism and Islam. The Sikhs emphasize the name of God, calling Him “Nama,” or “the Name.” Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, prayed, “In the ambrosial hours of the morn I meditate on the grace of the true Name,” and says that he was instructed by God in a vision to “Go and repeat My Name, and cause others to do likewise.”

    Rosaries are used in Buddhism. Members of Japan’s largest Buddhist order, the Pure Land sect, practice repetition of the name of the compassionate Buddha (“namu amida butsu”). Founder, Shinran Shonin says, “The virtue of the Holy Name, the gift of him that is enlightened, is spread throughout the world.” Followers believe that through the name of Buddha a worshiper is liberated from repeated birth and death and joins the Buddha in the “Pure Land.”

    Religions all over the world teach that God’s names are holy and meant to be glorified. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s humble requests to the confused and alienated American youth of the late 1960s are especially relevant today:

    “…don’t commit suicide. Take to chanting this Hare Krishna mantra, and all real knowledge will be revealed… We are not charging anything… No. It is open for everyone. Please take it… That is our request. We are begging you — don’t spoil your life. Please take this mantra and chant it wherever you like… chant, and you’ll feel ecstasy.”

    “…and you can develop (love of God) so simply. You just hallow the name of the Lord. Jesus says, ‘hallowed be Thy name, my Father.’ And we are also hallowing the name of the Lord. We don’t even demand you say ‘Krishna.’ You can say ‘Jehovah.’ You can say ‘Yahweh.’ You can chant the names of God…”

    –Srimad Bhagavatam lecture, 1972

    “If one has become a lover of God, naturally he will be detached from material enjoyment. Love of God and love of the material world cannot go together. Lord Jesus Christ never advised going for economic development, for industrial development. He sacrificed everything for God. That is one test — ‘Here is a lover of God.’ Lord Jesus Christ was punished. He was ordered, ‘Stop this preaching.’ But he did not. So that is love of God. He sacrificed everything.

    “The idea is that Lord Jesus Christ and his followers must both be, at least to some extent, at that point. That is the test. So we say that you follow any religious path. Which one doesn’t matter. We want to see whether you are a lover of God. That is our propaganda…

    “But Jesus Christ never said that he is God. He said ‘son of God.’ We have no objection to chanting the holy name of Jesus Christ. We are preaching, ‘Chant the holy name of God.’ If you haven’t got any name of God, then you can chant our conception of the name of God, Krishna. But we don’t say only Krishna…

    “And it is such a simple thing. They don’t have to go to a church or temple. It doesn’t matter if they are in hell or heaven. In any condition they can chant the holy name of God… There is no charge, there is no fee, there is no loss. If there is some gain, why not try for it?…

    “So what more do you want? Therefore let us cooperate. Don’t think that it is against Christianity or that it is sectarian. Let us cooperate fully. Jointly let us preach all over the world, ‘Chant the holy names of God.’ Let us join together. That should be the real purpose of devotees of God. My students are preaching love of God. Why should others be envious of them? We don’t say that you must chant Hare Krishna. If you have a name of God, chant it.”

    —Room conversation, London, August 14, 1971

    As to Jesus’ words: “When you pray do not repeat and repeat as the pagans do,” some Bible translations appear to be attacking chanting or praying in “vain repetition.”

    Was Jesus attacking the *method* of prayer (chanting/repeating) as being pagan, or rather the *mentality* behind the prayer?

    Matthew 6:7 suggests Jesus was attacking chanting/repeating, or praying “in vain repetition” as a pagan practice.

    However, Jesus goes on to say in Matthew 6:31-32 (in the very same chapter!): “Do not, then, be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ For on all these things pagans center their interest, while your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.”

    Jesus told his followers there is no need to pray to God for material blessings or even necessities. (Matthew 6:8, 31-33; Luke 12:29-30)

    The *pagans* concern themselves with these things.

    When Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, he began by teaching them to hallow God’s name, and to pray to do God’s will on earth as it is in heaven — to be a servant of God. (Matthew 6:9-13)

    This is the Hare Krishna mantra, which can roughly be translated as, “O Lord, please engage me in Your service.”

    Repetition helps keep the mind focused on God, rather than on worldly distractions.

    “Haribol” (“praise Hari!”) is the Sanskrit equivalent to “Hallelujah” (which means “praised be the name of God” in Hebrew).

    George Harrison explained his putting the chanting of Hare Krishna in his 1970 hit song, “My Sweet Lord”:

    “Well, first of all, ‘Hallelujah’ is a glorious expression the Christians have, but Hare Krishna has a mystical side to it. It’s more than just glorifying God; it’s asking to become His servant…

    “Although Christ in my mind is an absolute yogi, I think many Christian teachers today are misrepresenting Christ. They’re supposed to be representing Jesus, but they’re not doing it very well. They’re letting him down very badly, and that’s a big turn off.”

    The late Reverend Janet Regina Hyland (1933 – 2007), raised Catholic, but went on to become an evangelical minister, a vegan, and author of God’s Covenant with Animals (it’s available through People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA), wrote me on July 21, 2007:

    “I also received your paper on Krishna Consciousness and Christianity (Points of Similarity). Being familiar with Christian monasticism, I always saw many similarities between the two. When Catholics say the rosary beads, they are repeating the same prayers, over and over…

    “When I was at the Assembly of God Seminary, we would attend revival meetings at local and rural churches… ecstatic behavior pretty much defined the services.”

  50. The nfl is just pushing to none exist. When they have no fan’s left to support all of them to live off of maybe they will wake up but it will be to late.

  51. Shame on Roger Goodell (or should I say gosmell because his attitude toward our ???????? our Constitution & our Christian Values stinks????!!!!! I wish 2 things: 1) nfl owners impeach him; 2) that heartless dictator ought to be sued 4 violating our 1st Amendment rights!!! God bless Brees, Davis, Tebow, Trump, Pence, etc…

  52. Sounds like a WONDERFUL lawsuit against the NFL for infringing upon Another man’s 1st Amendment RIGHTS as stated in the U.S. CONSTITUTION . . . into non existent POVERTY!!! Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (KEEP America Great Again).

  53. These idiots , libs and democrats can disrespect the flag but if you wear a head band that says you are a christian you get fined??? That’s why the NFL can just go to hell with all the libs and democrats that have already dug their graves, and are ready to be buried ! LET us bury all of the libs, hollywood,NBC,CBS,ABC,CNN, and and and FOX!!!

  54. Shows how far we’ve fallen.

    Not stand for the Anthem: defended and hailed as a “hero”

    Wear a Christian headband: fined and ridiculed

    I doubt any of the people screaming “free speech” regarding the Anthem protests will come to the aid of Davis.

  55. Tom-I completely with you. What the devil is the player hurting when he professes his faith this way. The danged league should be fined for harassment.

  56. Jo; Thank you for sharing your story. Your husband sounds like a good man that has common sense.
    But, as you also stated, you were not a Christian 56 years ago, so there is always hope your husband will become one as well. Never give up believing and praying for , not only for our great country but your husband as well. GOD bless you both!!

  57. Blow it out of your bunghole Vasu, you have no earthly idea of faith in anything.
    The one passage in Scripture you failed to mention and obviously could not take out of context and twist to your personal agenda, is the passage that goes, ” Give unto Caesar, that which is Caesar’s, and unto God that which is God’s.”
    What this passage means is that we as Christians live in a world separate from the world where God lives. Our faith and the grace of God ensures that at some point we will reside in God’s world with Him. Until that day, we must obey the rules and laws of the secular world.
    The NFL is a part of the secular world, and if one resides within it’s sphere of influence, he/she must obey it’s laws and rules. In this regard, Mr. Davis did break one of the rules of the NFL and therefore must pay Caesar as our savior said. The good news is that, I cannot think of a better way to spend $7,000 than to declare your faith and service to the Creator. Another would be to spend it on helping those less fortunate. Hold on to your faith brother and the reward of God’s Grace will be yours one day.

  58. Did NFL fine taking a knee??????? Shame on you NFL I am so sick of “I’m offended” and “politically correct”…

  59. NO, he should not be fined. This is ludicrous and abuse of power by the NFL of his 1st Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion. I say keep paying and proclaiming in the open and God will reward and speak for him.

  60. The apes can kneel and the league does nothing. Now a player put’s on a head band and is fined So I am happy not to be a fan of the NFL. They can kiss my grit’s

  61. I’m not one to usually promote tattoos, but maybe Davis should tattoo “Man of God” where it could be seen all the time. Since the NFL doesn’t say anything about tattoos on anyone else how could they say anything to him? Although I’m sure they will try.

  62. IT WASN’T THE TEAM THAT FINED HIM BUT THE NFL FRONT OFFICE, AND IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN THEY HAVE TAKEN A WALK BACK ON THEIR DECISION AND SENT THE MONEY TO HIS FAVORITE CHARITY, AND APOLOGIZED TO DEMARIO FOR THEIR ACTION.

  63. The NFL is low life scum suckers and you just made my day because good now I will no longer watch football I love bye-bye love football with the PassionBut you guys just went off the deep end you must be a lot of Democrats in your Sorry NFL people are use the people very generously I will no longer watch your Unchristian sport shows

  64. Be sure after a game however that you might catch a view of the members of BOTH teams gather at center field for prayer together. Almost every game. The video team however tries to not show it by using a camera angle that won’t let it be seen. Watch for it. There are dedicated Christian men on almost every team. Thank you Lord !

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