Kevin Durant takes charge and leads the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA finals. OKC started out their series with the San Antonio Spurs being down 2 games to none. The talk centered on the Spurs being a team of destiny and their record-setting win streak. All that is in the past because Kevin Durant took control offensively and defensively and lead the Thunder to 4 straight wins.
These headlines tell us some of the story but not all the story behind Kevin Durant and what makes him special. Kevin Durant processes something that is very rare in sports and throughout the world’s system. This gifting is sometimes misunderstood or viewed as a negative or less than desirable attribute by the media and secular observes. Kevin Durant processes a God-given core attitude of humility. We have become flooded with sporting news regarding self promoting, headline stealing, demanding self-centered athletes. It is refreshing to witness a young role model and mentor such as Kevin Durant. Charles Barkley, when he was still playing in the NBA, once said, “I am no role model!” I beg to differ with his comment. When you are in the spot light, you are a role model. You will be a good role model or a bad role model. Athletes like Kevin Durant and Tim Tebow are those good and Godly role models.
Sin, especially sexual sin, makes the person self focused. Sexual sin that becomes addiction and idolatry takes that self focus to a whole other level. When we have an idol in our lives we will protect that idol because we believe that our whole existence rest upon protecting and maintaining that idol. Christian men that struggle with sexual addiction need to first experience having their sexual idol brought into reality. This reality crashing into the compartmentalized fantasy world of his addiction produces brokenness before God. Humility is the agent that keeps that man walking out his recovery. He will need to remember what his sin and self direction has cost him. He will need other men in his life to point him toward God-reliance and not self reliance. In other words, he needs to walk the Beatitudes.
Matthew 5:5 5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. New King James Version (NKJV)
Meek is not the same as weak. Kevin Durant is a not a weak or timid basketball player. He is confident and courageous in his duties on the court. He does, however, know who he is and where his real worth and identity come from. He is a solid devoted Christian believer that knows that all gifts and praises go to his Maker and Creator. From that knowledge and foundation he walks out his life with meekness and humility. We need more courageous men to step up to the plate and walk out the (that) Godly role model. You don’t have to be a sports hero to be a role model. You don’t even have to be perfect. You may be in a place of realizing you have failed regarding your sexual sin. You can still be that humble role model. You can model to those around you what true restoration looks like. We really don’t get to choose whether we are a role model or not. We do get to choose whether we are a Godly one or a worldly one. Choose.