Me And Steph Curry
I have almost nothing in common with Steph Curry. I am not talented, athletic, young or famous. But, we are both professing christians who have blown it in front of others. He just happened to do so in front of millions of viewers. My audiences have been much smaller and more forgiving.
Late in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Curry was whistled for a very questionable foul. The phantom call ended Curry’s night as it was his sixth personal foul. In an out of control response, Curry took his trademark mouthguard and flung it at a court side fan. The spit soaked projectile struck the man in the face. The tantrum was shocking and disturbing. Curry quickly went over and apologized to his victim before he was escorted from the court in an official ejection.
Sports fans knew that Curry wasn’t a perfect basketball player. No one has ever been. He proved that again in Game 7 as his favored Warriors lost the title they were defending. Curry made too many turnovers and too few clutch shots.
Christians knew that Curry wasn’t perfect as a person either. No one, other than Jesus, ever has been. The bible tells us so. Curry’s childish anger in Game 6 was the evidence we needed to remind us that we are all sinners who need Jesus. And this is probably the only way I am like Steph Curry. I’ve never thrown my mouthguard at someone. But I have done far worse. Projectiles have come out of my mouth, in the form of angry words, and struck others like a slap across the face. Jesus calls this the equivalent of murder.
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” --Jesus (Matthew 5:21-22)
I too am a sinner like Steph Curry. Not just a well-intentioned, passionate competitor, who dropped his guard then heaved his mouthguard at an innocent bystander in a bad moment. I am a cold-hearted killer according to Jesus. And I desperately need Jesus to take away my sin and give me his righteousness or else I will be “liable to the hell of fire”.
Role models serve us in a “sign post” kind of a way. They either point us towards Jesus or away from him. And surprisingly, Jesus pointing road sign role models can do so both through their good deeds and gross sins. I appreciate Steph Curry more today than I did before this he took a famous shot with his mouthguard. Curry, as a christian, needs Jesus desperately. Just like I do. And I love Jesus more today because he alone is perfect and shares his righteousness with murderous sinners like me.