Wow, what a sight. While we have become used to seeing NFL players kneel in protest at the National Anthem, here is a stunning picture of teammates standing in prayer at the baptism of one of their own.
Franklin Graham (who has spoken out against the NFL protests, suggesting instead that Americans should kneel in prayer) posted about the encouraging baptism on his Facebook page. He began, "The NFL has been under fire lately because of players kneeling during the national anthem. But there’s some good news about NFL players."
Graham explained, "On Thursday before the Philadelphia Eagles game, several teammates surrounded wide receiver Marcus Johnson in prayer as he was baptized in the hotel swimming pool! He said, 'Cleaned & Reborn in JESUS’ name!!'"
Graham also shared, "Their Quarterback Carson Wentz is an outspoken believer in Jesus Christ and has started a movement which has led to at least 6 Eagle’s players being baptized—so far! Praise God! That’s a real win in my playbook! Congratulate Marcus in the comments below on making the best decision of his life."
Within hours of sharing, Graham's post drew tens of thousands of likes, showing Americans' appreciation for some good news from the NFL, especially of this powerful nature. "Welcome to the family, Marcus!" commented Kara. And Marcia encouraged, "Keep your eyes on Jesus!"
"First time being Baptized! Corporate Worship is a beautiful thing!! Cleaned & Reborn in JESUS name!! #WholeHeartedly," Johnson tweeted Thursday.
Chase Daniel, now a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, said about the Eagles last year that it was “by far the most spiritual team I’ve been on.” And Fox News shared that five other teammates were baptized din the team's recovery pool last year, linebackers Jordan Hicks, Mychal Kendricks and Kamu Grugier-Hill, and wide receivers Paul Turner and David Watford.
How cool to hear this kind of news, especially in light of what we have been hearing from the NFL! Do you agree? Post your encouragement for Marcus in the comments! Thank you! More encouraging news came from the NFL today, as the commissioner released this statement about the future of the protests.