As a Baylor alumnus and sports fan, I was pleased to read a story on the Fox Sports website about men’s basketball coach Scott Drew’s profoundly Christian priorities for his players. He actually said after a rough patch in the season, "We may not win another game this year, and I may be a horrible coach…but if any of these guys leave without knowing Christ, that will be the real loss." The sincere Christian commitment of the coach and the players is truly remarkable.
Truly disappointing, however, is the fact that Fox Sports put on the very same webpage pictures of cheerleaders (not from Baylor) in revealing outfits and immodest poses. How sad that the network presents this story of faith in a way that is contradictory to the faith itself. To uphold Christian commitment while appealing to lust and objectifying women reflects at the very least a serious misunderstanding of the sort of life to which followers of Jesus Christ, such as Coach Drew and his players, commit themselves.
Better not to publish articles about a religion than to insult that religion by promoting it in such a degraded way. Fox Sports should not denigrate the faith of Coach Drew and his players by adorning their impressive story with inappropriate, contradictory images. Whatever happened to simple decency?
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