June 5, 2008

Roger Almighty: The Worship of Roger Federer

Posted in ATP Tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, ICTA Tennis, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Scott Paschal Tennis, Tennis Devotionals, Tennis Ministry, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 12:04 pm by Scott Paschal

ICTA Founder, Scott PaschalRoger Federer is arguably the best tennis player in tennis history.

Without question, Federer has been the best player over the last 4 years. Not only has he been an amazing player, but he is someone who seems in his own way to work hard to be a positive ambassador for the sport.

Ask junior tennis players who they want to be like when they grow up, and you often hear them reply, “Roger Federer!”

As kids, most of us probably had our sports idols. Me, I thought Roger Staubach, the Super Bowl winning quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys was amazing.

But, as I grew older, and hopefully wiser, I’ve come to realize people who compete at a high level in their sport, while achieving fame and fortune, are not necessarily worthy of being role models.

We tend to treat celebrities with a type of reverence. I guess it’s human nature. For some reason we readily give these sports idols the reigns to our life, and the ability to influence our history.

Do you want to know how many top 100 ATP players regularly have sex with multiple partners… nightly!? I can name a couple. Should these men advise your son… or daughter… on life lessons?

Scotty w/ Athletes in Action Trainee and ICTA student, Chris.

Chris is leaving soon to play college and is embarking in a life of Christian ministry. What a treasure and a joy to have had Chris as a part-time academy student, and full time friend, these last 6 years.

I remember a few years ago when Federer split with his coach. He said he didn’t need one. So, kids worldwide decided they, too, didn’t need coaches. To be “cool” they decided they were experienced and aware enough to develop themselves into top 10 ATP or WTA players.

Unfortunately, the kids, and the parents who supported their decision, were wrong. And we have an entire generation of junior tennis players coming up who are woefully underdeveloped.

In addition, this generation of junior player learned to believe they were superior in knowledge to tennis coaches.

As incomes dried up, and reputations were damaged… how many good coaches did we lose to this, both now and in the future?

And from this how many kids were robbed of the mentorship and accountability structure provided by a caring coach? Among the most influential people in my life have been the men of God placed in my life who have taught me not just sports, but have taught me about life.

Sure Federer gave several coaches select roles at certain tournaments for short periods of time, and even had coaches here and there for weeks at a time.  But, that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m concerned that his overall public theme about coaches and mentorship is damaging.

I don’t know where I would have been without my coaches.

Those coaches in and of themselves by their examples and deeds have taught me how to have a relationship with my Creator, and how to live within an accountability structure, and how to plan and achieve goals, and so much more…

So, to the kid who worshiped Roger Federer and dumped his or her coach, I have to ask if they can see now their choice wasn’t such a good one. And to Roger Federer I would ask if he realizes the difficult impact his choice has had on junior tennis development and beyond….

In addition, kids are highly aware Federer isn’t married, yet travels with his girlfriend worldwide, shacking up in hotels and playing married?  Thus, kids believe it’s cool to do the same….

Honestly, I find it hard to believe she is the one who wants to stay unmarried. She has helped him earn millions of $ for years, and obviously loves him.  And Fed  probably doesn’t want a huge, public breakup where she is left with nothing.  Or a “forced” marriage from pregnancy….

Just get married, Fed.

What are your thoughts on this? Is this the message you believe should dominate the hearts and minds of your sons and daughters?

Should sex outside the bonds of marriage be promoted so outspokenly by one of the world’s highest profile athletes? Does this undermine God’s plan for marriage?

Do you feel good about Roger Federer’s highly publicized actions possibly guiding your children away from God’s views on marriage and sex and family?

Sure, he has his foundation which helps people. And without question, he strives to remain humble and approachable. I think we all really, really like him, right?

That said, I’m not questioning his likableness. Nor am I judging him.  I make mistakes and am the first to say I am not a good person.  I am simply asking you if Roger Federer should be an object of your child’s worship.

Or should you work to replace Roger with Jesus in your child’s heart?

Now, as Roger Federer sees his amazing career slowing, what will be his legacy? Sure, he will be known as among the tennis’ best. But, I’m asking what his real legacy will be.

What will be the Kingdom impact he will have for Christ?

If you are an atheist reading this… you probably want to puke.  Understandable. This may seem ridiculous to you.  That’s ok, your belief that nothing created everything seems ridiculous to me, too

Scott Paschal in Normandy

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Campus President, Emma Hustad, in Normandy, France w/ ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, and ICTA Women's Pro Team Captain, Rachel Snelen, during 2007 ICTA foundation-laying outreach to Roland Garros

That said, a big question comes up when I talk with kids. I ask, “Who is your idol?”

I listen to what they have to say. Then, I ask them if they understand their choices in life have a huge impact on the direction and growth and quality of not just their tennis, but their lives. And not just their lives, but the lives of others?

Instead of giving my opinion on who they should idolize, I ask them to look at the Bible for guidance.

Like Roger Federer, Scott Paschal is flawed. I have my daily struggles, and I’m the first to say if God hadn’t guided me into Christian ministry, I have no business being here with my life story.

Additionally, I’m not an expert on what every kid should do. But, I am someone who looks to God’s word when I see something I need to improve in my life. Especially when organizing my life priorities!

That said, a question I ask myself is, “Who or what rules my life?” Is it tennis, family, career, ministry friends…?

What about you?

Who sits on the throne of your life?

Is it Roger Federer or Maria Sharapova? Or someone or something else? If so, let’s take a look at what God’s word says.

Jump Down… Off of Your Throne

“(The people of Tyre and Sidon who had sought an audience with Herod because they had been quarreling with him). On the appointed day King Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, ‘This is the voice of a god, not of a man.’ Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an Angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.” Acts 12:21-23 (NIV)

(Pretty gross, huh? Eaten by worms and died! Notice the order here. First eaten, then died. Not too pretty for a King….)

KEY QUESTIONS: “Who or What sits on the throne of your life? What is my priority?”

1. Is it self?

2. Is it success?

3. Is it stuff?

*A Man Called Doubting Thomas

“Jesus said he was going to Bethany and be with Lazarus even though the disciples warned him that some of the Jews tried to take his life the last time He was there). Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of disciples, let us also go that we may die with him’ .” John 11:16 (NIV)

“Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it’.” John 20:24-25 (NIV)

1. Didymus means twin.

“Thomas (called Didymus)….”

2. Thomas had the courage to go and die with Jesus.

“…let us go that we may die with him.”

3. Yet Thomas lacked the faith to believe in Jesus.

…I will not believe it.”

*Our Personal Struggles with Duplicity

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify you hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8

1. In some ways all Christians are two different persons

“I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin.” Romans 7:22-23 (LB)

2. Our greatest struggle is within

“So you see how it is: my new life tells me o do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin.” Romans 7:24a (LB)

3. The danger is falling back to our selfish, carnal nature.

“Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature?” Romans 7:24b (LB)

*Hopping Off of the Throne

“Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free.” Romans 7:24-25 (LB)

1. First, I must determine who or what sits on the throne of my life.

“So why do you call me ‘Lord’, when you won’t obey me?” Luke 6:46 (NLT)

2. Then, I must replace whatever is sitting on my throne with Jesus.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of man who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

3. Third, I must determine that Jesus Christ will be all of all of my life.

” Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus first appeared to them. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hands into his side, I will not believe it’. A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’ Thomas said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God! Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.” John 20:24-29

Closing Thoughts: A Wise Person Once Said…

“If Jesus Christ is not your LORD of ALL He is not your LORD at ALL!!

Can I say something that I think Roger Federer would be the first to agree with?

Federer is just a man, a regular guy with regular struggles. A guy who happens to be a celebrity. He isn’t in any way, shape, or form an answer to or a replacement for… Jesus.

Junior tennis players are a solitary bunch. They seldom benefit from a team atmosphere. Mom and Dad dedicate weekends to tournament travel. Attending church is forgotten. Sunday’s are dedicated for tournament semifinals and finals.

Scott Paschal in Africa

My student, Anastasia Kharchenko, and I spoke to the media/TV daily about Jesus while in Africa. Ana won 11 matches in a row to win 2 ITF Pro Circuit events in 2 weeks, which gave us a large platform to share our faith in Christ.

The family bond is filled with discouragement and pain and envy and emptiness….

I have seen so many divorces, eating disorders, heartaches, etc. caused from Christian families who believe in Jesus, but do not follow Jesus, and have placed tennis as their purpose of worship.

I am well aware of the spiritual battle parents and junior players are entrenched within. As I’m contacted from people worldwide, I work to bring them back to a singular focus on Jesus, the Jesus of the Bible, with nothing added or taken away. Just Jesus.

Invading my life/house right now, and eating all of my food :), are my amazing tennis and missions academy students representing 7 countries. My heartbeat is to teach them to focus on Jesus as their source of purpose.

These kids, and their parents, are a point of encouragement for me as I seek His Kingdom. I treasure this time in my life. Yet, the kids and their families are not what I ground myself in. I strive to base my life in God’s word, to gain Kingdom principles.

Sure, tennis is important. But, tennis is simply the tool God has given us to share our faith and resources. Tennis is not the source of life or happiness. Tennis is just a tool, a Kingdom tool for following the Great Commission as written in Mathew 28 of your Bible.

My prayer is tennis fans and players worldwide would begin to understand the importance of placing Jesus on the throne of their lives. Tennis worshiped is destructive. Tennis as a Kingdom tool is constructive. Jesus must be clearly placed in view and made known as the source of life within your world view.

ICTA Women's Pro Team member, WTA ranked Anastasia Kharchenko, in Africa after winning match. Each precious child received free Christian gifts from ICTA.

When this happens, life begins to come into focus. And you will see your reason.

Roger Federer will soon be gone from the pro tennis scene. Another generation of kids will flock to worship another tennis great.

Federer will be old news to them. His ways, on and off the tennis court, will no longer be relevant.

That said, today please consider who and/or what is guiding your life. Consider the eternal consequences of your choices. Are you choosing to follow a trend? A sports legend? Or Jesus?

On the tennis court, Federer is mighty.

Yet, as amazing as he is as a tennis player, he is simply a person like you and me.

Jesus Christ is the only One worthy of worship.

He is the One that it is an honor to serve.

God bless,

Scott Paschal

International Christian Tennis Association

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43 Comments »

  1. Dude I agree with u

  2. A. Liu said,

    Scott,

    Thank you for writing an insightful article.

    I agree that only Jesus is worthy of our worship, and that as people living in societies that place value on celebrites, athletes and other such like, it’s easy to be tempted to idolise them instead.

    However, I think Roger Federer can be considered perhaps as an exception to the rule. Of course, I’m not suggesting that he’s worthy or ”worship”.

    But he is also a Christian, and a wonderful ambassador for tennis, and someone who demonstrates top work ethic, sportsmanship, and social awareness (as can be seen through his Foundation). His personal motto is that ”its nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice”.

    So perhaps, let’s not be so quick as to judge him for pulling away from coaching for some months, or travelling with his girlfriend whilst unmarried. No one is perfect, but as far as celebrities go, in my opinion he is one of the best role models for young people around the world today.

  3. thanks for writing, and for your thoughts and opinions!

    marriage, accountability, and mentorship are big topics that today’s generation of teens need good examples of.

    marriage is under attack from not just the homosexual agenda, but also from “christians” who refuse commitment and accountability. federer, a catholic, is sending a direct, loud message to this generation.

    if you feel it is an ok message, i respect your view. i fully disagree with it, though, and i feel it without question lowers the moral fabric of christianity. what a fine example federer could have been as a married man all these years! openly speaking about his love for his wife and the bonds of marriage! wow.

    as for coaching, you most likely are unaware how easily influenced kids are by top players. for example… as a coach, i can say i’ve seen literally 100s of kids picking their rears before they serve… just like nadal.

    try to stop and imagine the carnage created by federer so openly and brazenly, almost proudly, speaking of the NON-need of a mentor and guide.

    that said, i’m just trying to get people to see past people so they can view jesus. that’s kind of my thing, you know. using tennis to make jesus seen and known and worshiped.

    hopefully, some mom somewhere will take this article to heart and begin teaching her son that though federer is a good tennis player, jesus is the only one worthy of worship.

    serve hard!

    scott paschal
    http://www.christiantennis.net
    386 793 0557
    ballboy4jesus@yahoo.com

  4. Joshua Dykstra said,

    I totally agree with this article, and it would be kind of nice if more people read it.

    A sad thing had come to our society in the last few generations, that kids like myself are taught to look at the ‘superstars’ of our society and told to follow their example. Why can’t kids follow the examples of their parents, which is what the bible tells us?

    Has our society become so crazy that a child can’t look to his or her father or mother and believe that he or she is the best, because when the kid turns on the television he or she is told the opposite?

    It is as if Christianity and sports are separated by a very thin wall, that as Christians is the place of balance between the two. It easy to give up sports altogether, and live the life of a Christian avoiding contact with the outside world at all costs, but that is not what God wants. The opposite is also not what God wants. We could easily give up Christianity, playing sports competitively and becoming very good at what we do (which is not wrong). The problem with this is that people often take credit for their achievements, when in fact it was God that helped them get to be where they are. When one walks on the wall, he must be sure to give God credit for what he does. It does not matter if this person is just playing a sport for fun, or if he is playing competitively, becoming the best in the world, the rule still applies.

    God gives, God takes, and God deserves our all

    Josh Dykstra

  5. hey josh,

    how about you start writing these articles for me, and i’ll be able to spend more time away from the computer! wow. great to have your thoughts and opinions!

    keep standing up, josh, and make your voice be heard.

    God bless,

    scott paschal
    http://www.christiantennis.net
    386 793 0557
    ballboy4jesus@yahoo.com

  6. joshua said,

    i totally agree with u guys.

  7. Dina Marie said,

    What a great article and how thought provoking! I have two teenager daughters who play competitive tennis, and although they admire Nadal, Federer and Blake and etc.. for their hardwork at the sport, they do not put them on a pedestal. Tennis has been a great sport for them in the fact that they keep physically active and mentally sharp. They don’t have much time to lay around watching TV and that alone has been a blessing because they don’t get caught up in all the hype of stardom whether it’s a Hollywood actor or a sports star. Because of Christ being in their life, they are able to keep perspective on who’s the real star they should be worshiping.

    Thank you for your great articles that inspire us to be all that we can be in Christ and bless you for your outreach to the lost, you are an inspiration! PTL!

  8. Mike Kauffman said,

    Dear Scott,

    Thank you for taking a strong stand for Christ.

    Thank you for pointing out how careful kids need to be when they are star struck with great athletes. Star athletes are clearly created by God like everybody, and God clearly loves them, but do they choose to be in Christ or do they choose to be of the world? That is what is important if they are to be an example for us to look up to.

    A relationship with Christ requires us choosing Him, not just Him choosing us (that creates a relationship). Are the people we look up to working to be in a relationship with God which includes obeying God’s commands or are they not? They have free will to choose and unless Christ is truely their Lord (Boss) in all things and Savior, they are not in Christ. They could be ignorant of God’s commands or possibly rebellious and becoming worthless for God’s kingdom.

    Matthew 12:30 “He who is not with Me is against Me and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” If we are not careful and we do not study and think well we can scatter people from God with our world based actions even when we really don’t think we are doing anything wrong.This is not a good thing! Bad examples are not good for kids or anyone to see, and God can not do much with these kinds of people when they are busy scattering.

    So perhaps you may be thinking, “Where do I get the right to judge what kind of behavior shows we are in Christ or not? Who do I think I am?” Well, I am only a man and no more important than any other woman or man. However, Christ is the one who tells us to judge carefully by God’s Word or else we tend to conclude that we can do anything we please.

    We must use our noodle and judge some. We absolutely should not be judging by our own opinions because this is scary, but what if God’s Word show us not to do something? Don’t we need to make a judgment call now! YEP!

    John 7:24 “Do not judge by appearances, but judge by righteous judgment.” This means we need to judge compared to God’s commands, but not according to our opinions. We must obey God, not perfectly, but consistently or God says we will be cut down and cast into the fire.

    So now if anyone claims we should not judge our own behavior and warn those with consistent bad behavior, you might as well tell them go burn forever and that you really don’t care about them much at all. Matthew 7:19,20 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.”

    In God’s love we need to understand there is a judgement, and consitent obedience is necessary, not an option, for a Christian. Read all the Bible and not parts of it if you don’t believe this. We need to live right for God after we get right with God. Whoever is upset now please do not lose your mind to what you feel right now in your heart about this or something else that may disturb you. Instead test things with God’s word.

    We need to be very careful of our hearts and how our hearts can turn us away from truth that saves us. Just ’cause you feel in your heart something is wrong or right does not mean your are correct. No ones heart is to be trusted, but God’s Word is true and can be trusted. Jerimiah 17:9 “The heart is more decietful then anything else.” Don’t buy into something because it seems to make sense or you feel it in your heart. Get some help to study the Bible well to learn the truth. Test everything with God’s word and not my opinion or feelings or anyone elses’. Don’t trust your heart, but test it, please. Test all things.

    Thanks for reading and the opportunity to write.
    Prayers for all to stay and stay and stay in Christ and endure to the end in His Word.
    Mike

  9. sidharth said,

    You have flipped. Your damn christianity garbage…Doesn’t make sense to link religion to a sport player..and what a player…perhaps the greatest in the history of the game…and here you are speaking for his decision on coach and his girlfriend..Even the great Rod Laver bows to Federer’s talent. All the skills in one man, he says, is so unfair…point he he acknlwledges all of this.

    Man…get a life and stop this idiocy…grow up.

  10. hi sid,

    thanks for your thoughts and opinions.

    fed is linked to wilson, right? lifetime contract, i think.

    he’s also linked to nike, right? again, i’m pretty sure it’s a lifetime deal.

    you seem to place much respect to wilson and nike. possibly to you they, like fed, are powerhouses and deserve your adoration and respect.

    yet, federer, who himself professes to believe jesus is the son of god and the way to heaven… the same fed whom you call the greatest ever… has himself linked his life to christianity. it’s a lifetime contract, sid.

    when federer dies, he believes he will be forever with jesus. you, you will probably want to be buried in all nike and holding a wilson racquet, right!?

    what doesn’t make sense to me, sid, is your complete lack of knowledge of the facts of the life, death, and resurrection of christ. there is so much proof of his existence, of his miracles, of his resurrection, of the validity of the bible, scientific proof, archeological proof… and christ fullfilled over 400 of the jewish prophecies predicting the coming messiah!

    the odds of one man fulfilling just 40 or so are 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 to one.

    got that sid, that’s a 10 with 157 zeros following it.

    wake up sid! not only do you not know federer, at all, but you are caught in a lie about christianity and you don’t even know it! prove christianity is “garbage”, sid. you can’t.

    and, please, before you throw insults at me, get some facts straight, ok sid?

    i don’t mind you disagreeing with me, but don’t disagree like a 10 year old kid in a playground. and don’t hide behind a keyboard… show me who you are. show me why your opinion is better than mine. show me how you have so much knowledge you can prove 100% there is no god and that nothing created everything!

    sid, nothing created everything!!?? are you really ready to believe that, sid. you must have all knowledge, right? sid the all knowing one… the godsid.

    and personally, why bring up rod laver? do you know him? what do you want me to do, sid, completely dissolve my entire ministry because sid bows to laver and i bow to christ?

    sid, thanks for your ridiculous comment! you have made my day and inspired me to work even harder to wake up those slumbering.

    you state… “Man…get a life and stop this idiocy…grow up.”

    that’s good stuff, godsid!! is it ok if i print this and place it next to my computer for motivation and giggles… and share it with my buddies!!?

    sid, please write more… this is great stuff, buddy!!

    God bless,

    scotty

  11. janet said,

    Dear Scott,
    Thanks for reminding us that Jesus is the Lord of our lives and not people, objects, etc,etc.
    As for the comparison made with Roger, why not pray for him? If he has failed, why not pray for him? Remember, God loves the sinner but He hates the sin.

    God bless.
    Janet

  12. hey janet,

    thanks for writing, and thanks for reminding us all about the power of prayer.

    i do pray for fed. and i’m not saying he has failed. i hope i haven’t come across that way. what i am saying is… should he be your child’s hero/example, or should jesus?

    also, think about something… and it’s important… god doesn’t punish the sin, or even send the sin to hell. god’s wrath is on the person, not the sin.

    and, janet, god sends the unrepentant, unsaved sinner to hell. the sin won’t burn for eternity, janet. the sinner will.

    and, from what i can see, no where in the bibles does it state, “God loves the sinner but hates the sin.” that’s a typical statement from christians/churches who seldom think about god’s wrath, hell, satan, etc… and mainly focus on god’s grace.

    while god’s grace is amazing, please realize god’s fury is also amazing… and is directed right at the person, the sinner.

    i’m not here to judge federer. i am just hoping a few people will see him as just a guy who simply plays amazing tennis. and hopefully i can remind some folks that jesus is the only one worthy of our worship…

    God bless,

    scotty

  13. luma said,

    slt federer je m’appel luma marrilyn j’ai 15 ans et j’aimerai etre une très grande joueuse de tennis comme toi.
    s’il te plait écrire moi.
    luyma marrilyn.

  14. marrilyn. gardez le dur labeur et vous deviendrez un joueur de tennis plus fort. un dieu vous bénissent. entraîneur scotty

  15. Wolf R said,

    Hello,

    you so-called ‘Christian’ have just managed to smear Roger Federer, whom you do not know personally at all! Good example for any kid, I suppose!!

    Your self-righteiousness stinks to heaven, if there is one!

    Go and play with your imaginal playmate ‘Jesus’ to your heart’s content, and wrap yourself in that (your own narcissistic ‘Christian’ idol), but leave the rest of us to deal with life in all its difficulties and varieties according to each of our strengths.

    Spreading goosip of the sort you dish out is despicable.

    Grow up, get a life and don’t smear the rest of your fellow human beings.

    Wolf

    Editor Reply
    Hi “Wolf”

    I love atheists who continually claim to know everything!

    First, let me ask how do you know who I do know or don’t know? That’s a good place to start… Tell me “Wolf” if you can please post a comment with the names of each person I know. This should be simple for an atheist like you who specializes in having all knowledge, particularly one like you who is surely able to prove with 100% certainty there is no God!

    Now, I didn’t smear Fed. I like him and he’s a likable guy. I simply asked if he is more worthy than Jesus to be the idol of your child. Obviously to you the answer would be yes. To me the answer is no. Heck, Federer would say the answer is no!

    Sorry you feel I am spreading gossip. Stating the fact he fired his coach and publicly endorsed not having one is not gossip. Same goes for him shacking up with a women without being married to her. I think both are poor judgment, and the 2nd one is particularly damaging. But, my statements are not gossip, “Wolf”. They are fact.

    Finally, you say… “Grow up, get a life and don’t smear the rest of your fellow human beings.” Yet, look at you slamming me! And who in Heaven are you to tell me what to do! You think because I’m Christian I have to be a wimpy person and bow to your rant?

    I’m a coach “Wolf”. I’m not your typical pastor trying not to make waves. I love waves! And my surf board rocks! I love all kinds of waves, and I especially love riding the huge ones with my friends! Finding huge waves builds skill level, and I really, really enjoy building my skill level, “Wolf”.

    Honestly “Wolf”, goofballs like you who think they have all knowledge make me laugh.

    There’s no God, “Wolf”!? You know this for fact, “Wolf”???

    That’s funny. “Wolf” the comedian….

    Moron…

    God bless,

    Scotty

  16. Sebastian said,

    Dude, why did you remove my post? It was carefully reasoned, and was written in a good spirit. Perhaps it was too long?

  17. sebastian,

    your comments have not been posted, yet. they appeared on your screen while waiting for moderation, but never actually appeared live on the blog comment section.

    no, they are not too long. and, i agree, they are not offending or written in poor spirit. at least i don’t think they are. but, they are mainly comments about other people’s comments and a smack on christianity, more than they actually deal with the article…

    and you do make some points about the article/christianity that i want to address.

    that said, i don’t have time to answer them right now, and this probably isn’t the place. there are answers to your christian bashing points. and plenty of good web sites, pastors, books, seminaries, DVDs, CDs, personal testimonies… offer the answers…

    and i don’t want to get into an argument simply to argue. some of your comments look like they come copy/paste straight from the atheist alliance web site… and sometimes i meet people who just simply like to argue. that is their entertainment and the way they feel valid in the world.

    i have friends who are of different religions. i have friends who are like you, atheist. these are friends, not just people i know. i care about them.

    as for your comments, they are more anti-God than they are dealing with the points of the article.

    Federer believes in God and Jesus and publicly professes this… if you would like to contact him and argue about his Faith, call his agent. my article asks parents if Federer should be the one worshiped by their child… or should Jesus?

    i’ve dealt with plenty of athletes in and past their prime. these guys and gals get lost and confused in all areas of their lives…

    like novak yelling at the crowd after beating Roddick a couple days ago at the us open. it was stupid to do that. i’m sure his sponsors made him see the need to never do that again. and novak to his credit did offer an explanation later, which was basically his apology.

    me, i disagree w federer so publicly talking to the mainstream media about not needing a coach. and i disagree with him degrading marriage as well. i am not judging him. i am disagreeing and offering my view to our audience. do i not have the same rights as you and Fed?

    because i am christian, do you expect me to shut up?

    if so, you’re a moron. i will only get louder when told to shut up. the way to shut me up is to leave me alone til i get bored, not give me motivation….

    do you think i’m a follower of Christ because i was born into it, or because i’m trying to make my mommy happy? no… i was as blind as you. i bought hook, line, and sinker into your atheist religion based on bad science. i logged plenty of hours trying to prove Christ is a joke. and when i really got serious and nasty about it, and delved way in… i came face to face with what we call God.

    and if you quit playing your stupid childlike games commenting on some random tennis blog, and honestly quit letting science brainwash you, and go do your own research… maybe you will be a lot less shallow, too.

    to wrap this up, feel free to leave comments about the article… but leaving comments about other people’s comments or my responses to other people’s comments isn’t going to get you on the board.

    God bless,

    scotty

  18. Glenda H said,

    God calls believers to be a light shining out to the world, He says He will judge the unbelievers.
    We are not saved by our good works, but these good works are an indication of the state of our heart.
    Roger Federer has a foundation in South Africa, where I live, that does more to uplift the poor than many Christian sportmen have done.
    The book of James says that faith without works is dead.
    Show me your works and I will show you my faith.
    I do not know Roger Federer’s beliefs but I do know that his life shows that he is a good man with a great heart, so lets pray for this wonderful ambassador of tennis if he doesn’t know Jesus as His Lord and Saviour.

    Prov 19:17
    If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD—
    and he will repay you!
    28:27
    Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing,
    but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.
    Roger is well on his way in doing the works of God on the earth.
    God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows that will he reap.
    Let all believers take this lovely man and pray for his salvation – that is what pleases the heart of God, not judgment.
    Glenda

    editor’s note:

    glenda,

    thank you for your comment.

    i have no idea is roger is “well on his way to doing the works of God on the earth.” certainly, having a foundation is not proof of anything substantial as far as if a man has Christ in his heart. roddick has a foundation, and he isn’t christian. a lot of non-christians have foundations, glenda.

    most top players have foundations and do charity work. and the vast majority of top players despise Jesus.

    honestly, how do you know anything about federer… if he is a “good man with a great heart”, as you wrote? please explain to me your relationship with roger federer.

    what about rafa, glenda? everybody loves rafa, right? certainly rafael nadal winning wimbledon this year is one of tennis’ most enduring moments… and rafa is forever etched into hearts worldwide… and people think he’s cute and wonderful, right?

    ok, so why is a #1 itf female world ranked junior openly and blatantly and proudly flaunting how rafa had sex with her!? if this is true, and i have no reason to believe she is lying, does this go against your view of rafa? supposedly she met him at a party…. he has a foundation, too, doesn’t he?

    now, glenda, federer professes to be catholic. did you know this? as such, he believes Jesus is God’s son. follower of Christ should actually open the bible and strive to do what it says. oftentimes, catholics have never read the bible. my hope is roger does, and along the way realizes the importance of marriage.

    i have absolutely no problem telling the world that tennis has serious dysfunctions that are destroying lives worldwide. do you have any idea, glenda, how many girls are raped worldwide by tennis coaches? do you have any clue about the sex slave trade industry in tennis?

    satan’s busy, glenda.

    personally, i believe federer has a huge responsibility to stop mocking marriage. what kids are saying about him and his girlfriend is not good… because they see nothing wrong with simply playing married.

    so, glenda, when the next great male player emerges and has a large foundation, then begins to promote the fact he is homosexual and has the right to have 2-3 husbands… where will you stand? where do you draw the line in the sand?

    my line is drawn in the Bible.

    do you have one?

    God bless, scotty

  19. MeriD said,

    Hi, this is a great article and I just wanted to say that I’ve always thought that the parents and teachers are the ones who need to guide their children in these matters.

    And the bottom line is that men should never be worshiped because there are no perfect men. We should never hold a celebrity responsible for something bad that happens, because after all they have free will too.

    I understand that people who have high influence over many have a bigger responsability, but maybe putting up the example of Federer having no need for a coach in a specific timeframe is a little extreme, because that was his choice professionally since he is such a good player.

    Again it’s up to the parents to tell their kids that it’s ok to admire a celebrity but never to lose individuality by imitating or worshiping them.

  20. Chimène said,

    hi scotty,

    I read your article and i must say that it was like an electrochoc to me. I like federer very much because of the way he plays and when I see all the talents God has deposited in him, My God!

    But yet, what you’re saying is right. Many young men and women today will like to be like him. I want to believe he is not a christian and i feel so sorry when i think at what hings would have if he was one : a mighty instrument in the hands of our Lord Jesus.

    I think the only think we have to do is to pray for him and let our children and juniors one know that Jesus is the only One worthy to be adored, worshipped and praise. Federer is definitely not a good example.

    Let Jesus be the Lord over our life and the Savior of all (Fed included).

    May God bless you for this.

    Chimène

  21. Coach Scotty said,

    chimane,

    awesome! thanks for your comment. i’m glad you can see it. please, share with others how Jesus is the one worthy of our adoration.

    God bless,

    scotty

  22. JESSICA said,

    HIT HOME TOO HARD SCOTTY? IS THAT WHY MY POST WAS DELETED?

    editor’s note:

    “jessica”,

    your post was never approved. it only appeared on your computer screen while it was waiting to be moderated for approval. i realize you believe your comment actually appeared, but please understand it did not. as such, i never deleted it.

    as for your belief that you somehow “reached me”, please understand i deal with people on a daily basis and have for years. you have not “reached me”, nor have you “hit home.” what you have done is to avoid the many important topics the article addresses.

    if you would like to have a comment approved, please focus on the article. i do not respond to people writing about other people’s comments. stick with the article and possibly you will have your comments approved….

    God bless,

    scotty

  23. Cherie said,

    editor’s note: someone calling themself “cherie” sent in a comment. it was jumbled mess of odd points in long paragraphs that i’ve attempted to answer sentence by sentence. i’ve changed the format so you see my response after each sentence.

    Dear Scott,

    Cherie: I’m a Christian and a tennis fan as well.
    Scott: Great!

    Cherie: I have read your article about Roger Federer being ‘worshipped” by many kids as you have labeled it.
    Scott: OK

    Cherie: I just totally disagree with the way you have compared admiring a tennis player with worshipping.:
    Scott: OK.

    Cherie: Sure, a lot of kids admire Roger. And maybe a lot are following what he does. But judging him like the way you did with his decisions in life and relating it into things that kids might also do is totally wrong.
    Scott: Hmmm… wow… one of the dumbest statements i’ve read in a long time. fed is a role model, period. in america we are voting for president. according to you we shouldn’t look into how the candidates live their lives and what values they will bring to the most powerful job on the planet? i’m going to use your sentence in my next newsletter! that’s good stuff as to the blindness i’m describing!

    Cherie: You see, we as Christians should set an example to those who do not believe in Christ and we should not be judging anyone.
    Scott: I can see you don’t know Fed at all. He does believe in Christ. He is saved. He is going to Heaven. As he is such and as he is a role model, i will hold him to a higher standard. The example is Jesus cleaning out the temple. Again, another dumb, uneducated statement. Do you know glenda?

    Cherie: You said you didn’t judge him and you only want to let people know that GOD should be the one to be worshipped but what is the term for what did you just did??! You judged Roger!
    Scott: see above answer

    Cherie: And we are not suppose to do that! How can we be good ambassadors of GOD if people will see as judging others?
    Scott: i know of a famous pastor who sexually molested little kids. is it judging him to send him to prison? am i wrong to defend the rights of little kids? i have no problem standing up to satanic influences, “cherie.” also, see above answer.

    Cherie: I truly understand you only want people to worship GOD alone.
    Scott: good. then possibly you aren’t as completely ignorant as i was thinking you are.

    Cherie: But your presentation is awfully wrong. Whatever Roger does or says is simply out of our business.
    Scott: never mind. you really are completely ignorant. wow, you’ve given me two of the stupidest statements i’ve read in a long time! “Whatever Roger does or says is simply out of our business.” are you insane! if fed has sex with a 4 year old kid… it’s none of my business!!?? if he promotes the benefits of smoking pot, it’s none of my business!!?? if he tells the world he worships satan and howls to a full moon it’s none of my business!!?? you are an idiot.

    Cherie: It’s the business of the parents to teach their kids how and what to act.
    Scott: Ok. would be great when you teach this to every parent worldwide. especially those how believe in incest… or those in prison… or those who follow satan.

    Cherie: Our responsibilities as Christians is to be the Light & Salt of the Earth.
    Scott: I agree.

    Cherie: We should be the ones to set an example.
    Scott: I agree. And that is why I want to give parents the opportunity to see Jesus is the one worthy of our adoration and worship.

    Cherie: You know what you just did? You condemned Roger. Do you realize the accountability of what you just wrote?
    Scott: I fully realize the scope and context of my article. It has received rave reviews from countries worldwide. You, though, seems to have missed out on the point of the article and instead want to simply argue and defend your idol, roger federer.

    Cherie: If you want Roger to stop mocking marriage then go tell him personally about it.
    Scott: Fed has the right to live his life any way he chooses. as do i. as do you. my right includes defending the right to defend kids.

    Cherie: What are you doing???!!
    Scott: helping people understand the danger and foolishness of people like you, and currently i am also waiting for the rain to stop so i can go hit tennis balls w/ my players.

    Cherie: You are using articles to mock people.
    Scott: i disagree. please read the entire article so you are actually educated on the subject, and not just jump in with an emotional comment to defend someone calling themself “glenda.”

    Cherie: If you want people to stop making Roger as their example, then be an example. Can we see you as an example, Scott?!
    Scott: i am a horrible example. i am the first to say i am a total loser and have no business being in christian ministry. i am here only because god forced me into it. he chained me to my ministry, he planted the seed and the dream inside of me. i didn’t want it, i didn’t ask for it. but, here we are.

    Cherie: With what you have written, do you honestly believe Jesus would have written the same things about Roger, etc.??!!
    Scott: maybe god used me to write the article for his reasons. is that possible? you seem to know god’s will for my life….

    Cherie: GOD never judged anyone.
    Scott: wow… you just set the new benchmark for the definition and representation of idiot. god is the judge, you moron. are you serious!! thank god you are not teaching my kids anything!

    Cherie: When Jesus was displeased with the hypocrites in the synagogue, he told it straight in their faces. And i guess that’s what you should be doing too!
    Scott: ok… “cherie”, i am displeased with you.

    Cherie: Stop writing about idolization ‘coz honestly you do not seem to idolize Jesus as well.
    Scott: Jesus is my Lord and Savior. and i’ll write whatever he asks.

    Cherie: If you want people to worship Jesus, then set an example!
    Scott: my job is to share the gospel of Jesus, the holy spirit does the rest. i am not an example for anyone to follow, satan. that is what got you booted out of heaven.

    Cherie: You’re not setting up an example with this writing.
    Scott: i disagree, satan. this writing has impacted 1000s and 1000s and has traveled in well over 120 countries. you are attacking me now because you are feeling the sting inside the tennis industry. and i’m laughing at you!!

    Cherie: We cannot reach unbelievers if we will continue to mark on other people’s wrongdoings.
    Scott: it is through the failures of others we learn our greatest lessons. i stand for christ, satan. it is so funny when satan teaches us how to reach unbelievers!!

    Cherie: Stop writing God bless because you do not personally want these people to be blessed. With your arguments with them, can you really give them God’s blessing, Scott??!!
    Scott: satan, you need to be a comedian!! this has been a total good time. thank you for this opportunity. i love it!! you have fired me up to write not just one but several new articles on subjects like this one. thank you, “cherie.” you have reminded me of my calling!!

    God bless,

    coach scotty

  24. JESSICA said,

    Question: What are your long term goals in life?
    Answer by Roger Federer:
    I have just noticed that I have been starting to think about my future more seriously these days. My Foundation is definitely one of the priorities in the future, especially during the second half of my career. Before I was focusing on what I needed to do to become a better player; now I am thinking more and more about what I want to and can do after my days as an active athlete. Thoughts like family and marriage also cross my mind more and more often.
    POSTED ON ROGER FEDERERS WEBSITE

    editor’s note: i am very glad people, such as myself and others in support of marriage, have helped make federer aware of the importance of marriage. what would have been really special would be for federer to have married the woman he shacked up with for years and years, not just talk about it.

    i am glad, so glad he is now speaking positively about finally marrying the woman who has stuck with him for so long and helped bring him to greatness. he is possibly growing and changing. he is no longer saying tennis is more important than marriage! that’s awesome.

    now, roger, get married. go down in history as a man of honor! show the world how important women truly are, as is the sanctity of God’s words towards marriage.

    and start talking about Jesus! tell the world about Jesus! tennis is simply a tool to share your faith and values. it will soon be gone and you will be a forgotten hero of the current generation. but, stand for faith in Christ and reach generations and generations…

    thanks for this comment. finally, something worthwhile coming from you three amigos….

  25. Kyle said,

    You are all going to hell. Roger IS God!

    Or maybe you should just die already so you can rot in the ground like everything else. You are not special.

    editor’s note:

    wow kyle… you’re one deep thinker, huh?

    i see by your email address you are heavily into snow boarding. i used to live in steamboat springs, colorado… on the mountain… and the powder was amazing. one year we had over 420″ of snow and it was unbelievable.

    anyway, back to your comment. Fed isn’t God. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus fulfilled over 400 prophesies of the Old Testament. These prophesies were used by God to show us who the Messiah would be. The odds of one man fulfilling just 40 of these prophesies carries the odd of 1 in 157000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
    00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000.

    bro that’s 1 in 10 to the 157th power. you got that!? and that is just 40 prophesies.

    jesus fulfilled over 400!!

    Fed isn’t God, little bro.

    God bless, scotty

  26. Sem said,

    Hi Kyle,

    If Roger is God , then who is Nadal ? God’s God ?
    God never lose man !

    Greetings from Indonesia …..

    JBU

    editor’s note:

    sem, thanks for writing. i love how u love Jesus… and u are from indonesia! awesome. indonesia has the highest muslim population in the world. and u r in love with Jesus!? wow! keep fighting the good fight, bro. we have u in our prayers.

    God bless,

    scotty

  27. kay bauer said,

    I do not believe Roger Federer ever acted like he felt he was almighty. You call yourself christian and write this letter SHAME ON YOU! I feel God places all people who enter our life for a reason, good and bad, and I am thankful
    Roger entered my life thru Tennis. He is a joy to watch, wonderful in, control and sportsmanship. It is people like you who tear down God’s good work with trash like this work. I regret I have no children to watch Roger’s actions, and I would be proud if they wanted to be like him. Walk in Roger’s shoes and then write trash like this.

    God Bless and Keep You Roger
    Kay

    editor’s note:

    i noticed you wrote, “God Bless and Keep You Roger.” that is all well and good… but what about others? i also notice you seem really defensive about roger federer, yet you have given no support of Jesus Christ.

    kay, i’m not sure you even read the article. it seems like you just scanned it… in anger and panic. have you ever heard of rod laver? he was amazing in his day, yet now few know of him. this will be the path of all tennis greats. the question is what will be their legacy for the generations they touch.

    marriage is important, kay. you need to realize this. it’s a big deal. marriage is the foundation of the family structure as God designed it.

    sorry you disagree, kay. and i’m sorry federer is on such a pedestal in your life… he is just an athlete, no more no less.

    God bless,

    scotty

  28. Jay said,

    Scott,

    ur sermon really touched me. i’m an everyday guy with my share of everyday problems – problems that take you further and further away from the truth of Jesus Christ.

    thank you for putting me back on track.

    keep spreading the word.

    God Bless!

  29. Coach Scotty said,

    meher, lothar, and kim…

    if you guys would like to post comments about the article… i’d be glad to moderate them. if you simply want post comments about other people’s comments… i am happy to delete them.

    this is an older article. federer’s people are aware of it. he has even recently become more outspoken about wanting to get married… so, take a few deep breathes and realize you have no idea what is required to reach a worldwide audience.

    that said, i do appreciate any comment about the article itself you would like to send in.

    evangelizing in the trenches,

    coach scotty

  30. Jane Lee said,

    I thought I have stumbled upon an interesting read on the Internet about tennis and Christianity. But this mst be the dumbest and most ridiculous article written by some “Coach Scotty”.

    What has tennis great Roger Federer got to do with Christianity? I don’t see how his not wanting a coach or traveling around the world with his girlfriend “like his wife” is any of your business. Neither do I see how it’s ad influence for kids. It’s really up to you to interpret things. It’s Roger’s lifestyle. Not yours. It’s not as if he was caught womanizing or proudly taking drugs without remorse.

    I think you should be more concerned about other much BIGGER issues in life that have worse influences on young kids. Don’t pick on tennis, much less Roger Federer.

    If you are so afraid of EVERY bad influence a child can be exposed to in this world, you might as well send all kids on Earth to another planet.

    Get a life Scotty.

    editor’s note:

    hi “jane lee”,

    some people love the article, some don’t. some people thank me for writing it, some don’t. most people read it and move on without leaving a comment. i understand your point of view. you love roger federer and you love tennis. so do i. if you had read the article, you would see that i am simply informing parents and kids that Jesus is the only one worthy of worship. not roger, not tennis.

    most likely you are one of those people who don’t read articles, you mainly want to comment on other people’s comments. that is how you gain a sense of worth… anonymously writing unaccountable goo and hitting the enter button on your key board.

    the thing is “jane lee”… Jesus isn’t anonymous. and He is bigger than Fed an tennis.

    my hope is you locate Him in your heart and find a way for Him to use your life to share His fame.

    Federer is getting old… just as Agassi did… just as Sampras did… just as McEnroe did… just as Smith and Laver did. When he is done with top 10 ATP tennis, what will you do with the pain of his leaving… and what will his legacy be?

    When you think of Roger Federer, do you think of Jesus?

    Fed, do people hear your words about the love you have of Jesus?

    God bless,

    coach scotty

  31. Eric said,

    coach scotty,
    i completely agree with the article. you are doing awesome works for God and i appreciate articles like this.
    it is an awesome reminder that we have some planted christians in this sinful world.
    i think there are a lot of people that completely misunderstood what your whole point of this article was in the first place.
    keep up God’s work.
    keep spreading the love.
    i’m praying for you and your ministry.
    God Bless,

    Eric

  32. daniel wolf said,

    You guys are so judgmental and sick. Federer is not comparing him self with your freak on the cross…he is just a tennis player and he is just playing what he can do best. Leave the people alone and be happy with your holy thoughts…nobody needs them

  33. Coach Scotty said,

    justin,

    i am leaving a quick reply for your very long comment… which i found kinda foolish as a whole… some might say even stupid, and dangerous. it is obvious you didn’t read my article. you simply scanned it then focused on the comments?

    after much appearance to be Godly, you wrote…

    “Lastly, you said that you do not mean to judge him, but you did exactly that by implying that he ’shacks up’ with his girlfriend in hotels and play married when he goes to tournaments. Unless you are IN the hotel room when they are ‘playing married’ I do not see how you can KNOW that they play married or have sex outside marriage. It is, at best, an assumption you are making…and at worst a judgment because you do not know! You might call me naive if I say, maybe they do nothing sinful indoors…but if indeed they did respect the sanctity of marriage and did nothing then you would have proven yourself to be judgmental because you assumed the worst.”

    …uummm… he got her pregnant a couple months ago, genious…. and they weren’t married. GOT THAT?

    about a month after the news broke, they had a rush wedding …away from the media.

    ssoooo…..

    do you know anything about this guy you worship? some say Fed’s girlfriend felt this was the only way he actually would get married! and honestly, that seems like a possible assessment. plus, now she finally gets the money she helped him earn.

    btw, the article is about the importance of having Jesus as the one you worship. And about the importance of marriage.

    God bless,

    coach scotty

  34. Lisa said,

    I think you have a fantastic ministry, we tend to pick out the little things in people. but I still see some judgement in that article. the bible says when we judge it comes back to us. I believe Fed will be led to the Lord. Ps. we are all sinners
    Thanks for your mission

    • hey lisa,

      thanks for writing.

      you state…”I believe Fed will be led to the Lord.”

      well, he says he is a follower of Christ. i hope he is.

      Jesus offers the parable of the sower. google it if you don’t know it. basically, it says that 3 of 4 people who claim to follow Christ… aren’t.

      that three of four believe they are safe in heaven, but are actually heading straight to hell.

      how about you? How about Fed?

      some people love the article, some don’t. i’ve not published many comments both for and against it…. i get tired of people simply commenting on comments instead of the article.

      i don’t think the article is judgmental. i believe in marriage. i believe is Jesus as the one to worship. if you disagree, who cares? i don’t.

      if you disagree, you are an idiot.

      finally, this isn’t my ministry. God forced me into this. it’s his. i didn’t want it and still don’t. i was called and answered the call.

      i’m a moron and know i have no business in christian ministry. think bull in a china shop…

      as for your ps… ummm, no crap. instead of wasting my time and yours…go share your faith with people who aren’t in the trenches…

      God bless,

      coach scotty

  35. Paul said,

    You guys miss out on so much in life by believing in these stupid fairy tales written by a bunch of misogynists. Live live NOW and stop judging others because you’ll realize too late that this is the only life you’re going to get.

  36. Ben said,

    You should let Fed be his own person. Has it ever occured to you that he might not be Christian? Being the best tennis player in the world puts him in an influential position, for playing tennis. You cannot insist that just because he has a talent for tennis, that he should conform to some random set of christian rules. It is his choice.

    • hi ben,

      federer is a follower of christ. at least he says he is…

      you call marriage a “random set of christian rules” ? hmmmm…

      again, like several others, i don’t think you read the article. it seems like you simply scanned some of it, then focused on the comments.

      you say…”it is his choice.” ok, i totally agree. my question is if we should worship federer or jesus?

      what if federer choices are dangerous?

      american kids nationwide loved Michael Vick. nike loved Vick. yet, Vick ended up in prison because or poor choices. people wrote about Vick’s poor choices. why not discuss the choices of top tennis players who also serve as role models to youth?

      who are you to attempt to take away my rights to free speech? why do you think Fed’s rights are more important than mine!?

      you seem like a selfish idiot…

      but, don’t worry… a lot of people who worship athletes are like you.

      God bless,

      coach scotty

  37. Zaia said,

    I agree with you. Its plain truth that we got to look into the Bible before whatever we do to know the right path.

    It’s also really true to live your live now, and the same is permitted by the Bible itself too. At the same time, there is another message for everyone, live your live now since you don’t live long, but remember your Creator.

    This article is really good to let those people who wrote comments without reading the article to know what actually the article is written for.

    Good work, keep it up.

    • zaia,

      it’s kind of a dumb statement…”to live your life now…” that kind of implies we have another choice. we don’t.

      another dumb statement is…” At the same time, there is another message for everyone, live your live now since you don’t live long, but remember your Creator.”

      what is this “..remember your Creator.”?

      we are not called to remember Jesus. we are called to worship Jesus.

      we are called to give him everything we have and are. there is to be nothing left of us for us.

      your faith sounds weak, and you seem confused. whatever is holding you back, break the chains.

      God bless,

      coach scotty

  38. Debra Stokes said,

    Thanks for your insight. Now that Fed has won another Wimbledon, I found myself wondering if he’s a Christian. I like him a lot and think he always shows a great deal of class and humility, but is he saved, was my question to myself. I decided to “google” the questions and your site came up. I enjoyed reading your post. This has become the gold standard – are they Christian – for me when watching the talents of outstanding athletes or performers of any sort. I just think that of all the adoration they receive, do they know what’s really most important – their place in eternity. Just thinking out loud, again.
    Thanks for your love and obedience to Christ.

  39. KA said,

    Not even the biggest fan of tennis. Just was looking to read on Federer’s win and came across this article … and the comments. Regardless of other persons’ opinions on what has been said. I thank you Scotty for writing and standing for Jesus on this forum and also convicting me of my compromising standards. May God bless you and continue to use you for His Glory.

    K

  40. hey everyone…

    comments closed on this article. no more comments will be allowed to post. too many people commenting on comments instead of the article. so sorry.

    unfortunately, people simply cannot focus on the article and get caught up in the comments.

    justin…bro…i took you comment and rolled it into a ball and chunked it in the trash. sorry your brand of “feel good” christianity doesn’t click with me. i’m not here to be everyone’s friend. and i’ve learned the hard way over time that you cannot please everyone.

    globally tennis is basically 80% Godless. china, middle east, europe… it’s a Godless disgusting mess out there.

    the sex slave trade is HUGE in tennis..the russian mafia is powerful..drugs…eating disorders… you, honestly, are blind.

    people respond to my style.

    thanks for everyone who is reading the article. tell your friends. it’s been great to see fed get married…i’m just sorry he waited til his girlfriend became pregnant to make the commitment.

    God bless,

    scotty


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