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Changing the PlaybookSeptember 4, 2018
It has been a long road as I prepare to re-launch an awareness campaign for the fourth time. This journey began in 2014 when I developed an awareness campaign called Why Your Love Life Matters. During that time, I dreamed about traveling around the country teaching people how their romantic choices affect not only them but also the people around them. After two years of investing my time and money into this campaign, it fell apart. My biggest problem was that I couldn’t get people interested in my message.
While I was trying to launch Why Your Love Life Matters, I was also amid one of the roughest seasons of my life. For several years, I got paid on a Friday, and my money was gone by Monday mornings. I often had bill collectors calling the same cell phone that I couldn’t afford to keep on. At one point, I was on the edge of losing my home and car. I ate rice and beans for years and barely had enough money to catch the bus to work. My financial struggles brought me to my knees in prayer as I often fasted for weeks at a time as I tried to get God’s attention.
Those three years of struggle helped to humble me before God and energized my faith at the same time. What was going on in my life between 2014 and 2017? I believe I went through a wilderness experience. In the Bible, every person including Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11) went through a wilderness experience before God launched them into public ministry. It’s the wilderness where God tests us to see what we have learned over the years as we study the Bible. During my years of financial struggle, I knew I had to hold on to my faith in God and my dream of launching a successful awareness campaign as my life seemed to be falling apart around me.
I am the good-looking guy with the Rams’ jersey on. I used to mentor inner city youth before I started this awareness campaign.
After I failed at successfully launching Why Your Love Life Matters a second time in the spring of 2016, I knew it was time to try something new if I had hoped to make an impact for Jesus. Reading about how the NFL was fighting against religious liberty bills in places like Georgia and Texas caught my attention. I found myself outraged that the NFL is trying to bully states who want to protect the Church from being sued by the LGBT community. So, I put Why Your Love Life Matters to the side with the goal of spending the 2016 NFL season launching an awareness campaign designed to help the NFL see the importance of traditional family values.
That summer, I started a blog about the NFL that featured a weekly column entitled Faith, Family & NFL Football. While I was developing my column, I got a sense in my heart that God was going to punish the NFL for how they are trying to help push Christian values out of our society. During my wilderness experience, I knew that God was preparing me to accomplish something great. As I worked on my weekly column, I sensed in my heart that predicting the downfall of the NFL was the great thing that God was preparing me to do those years I was crying out to God in my wilderness.
As I blogged and sent out press releases, no one really paid attention or believed me during the summer of 2016 when I went public with my prediction about the NFL collapsing. During the fall of 2016, the mainstream media started to pay close attention to the NFL’s declining TV ratings. So, I thought it would be somewhat easy to get my unique perceptive on why I believed that the NFL began to experience sudden hemorrhaging of fans after years of great success. After months of trying to get people’s attention, I realized it was going to be harder than I thought to get my story to the general public.
My view of the NFL’s declining TV ratings has been totally different than the general public’s view.
I was not very concerned that people were ignoring my prediction about the NFL. Why? I clearly understood that I am a person that no one had ever heard of and I have a very outrageous prophecy. I also realized that the NFL would decline over a three-year period. I was only in year one of a three-year process. So, I continued to work in obscurity.
2017, A New Year but Same Results
When I started blogging about the NFL, I had very little money. At one point, I couldn’t afford to continue to invest money into making my blog successful. I had to, at least, try to keep my lights and cell phone on. So, in the winter of 2016, I ended up spending most of my time editing my blog post into the book God vs. The NFL. I worked on this book until I got my tax refund check. My refund check gave me the money that I needed to finish my book.
Before 2018, I had re-launched my awareness campaign three different times. During each re-launch, I would often write a new book, build a new website, and come up with a new strategy as far as rebranding my topic. Each year, I would use my tax refund check to re-launch my awareness campaign. When my re-launch failed, I would have to wait for tax return season the following year to try again and pray I could pay my bills that year.
I did send Roger Goodell (Commissioner of the NFL) a copy of part 1 of God vs. The NFL that I released in March 2017. Unfortunately, 2017 ended up going by with not much success as far as me getting my message out into the mainstream media, but I was still confident that the NFL would collapse.
I would love to help lead Disney’s CEO Bob Iger to Jesus Christ. Maybe when the NFL and Disney collapse, he will take God more serious.
For two years (2016 & 2017), I spent a lot of my time surfing the Internet looking for evidence to support my claim that God was minimizing the NFL. One of the most exciting parts of my week was when the NFL TV ratings would come out the mornings after NFL games had been played. I found myself celebrating if the NFL TV ratings were low and disappointed if the NFL had a good week as far as viewership.
Just in case you are wondering, I have not watched an NFL game in over two years. Please don’t tell my pastor that I used to love the NFL so much that I would often leave church early, so I could be home when the football games came on (I wanted to get my fantasy football team set for the day).
After I geared my awareness campaign toward the NFL, I quit watching sports—period. I figured out that the NFL is not the only sports league that has turned its back on the God of the Bible. I found myself upset at events like how Adam Silver (Commissioner of NBA) marched in a gay pride parade and my favorite sports team, the St. Louis Cardinals, hosted a gay pride day at one of their games. I knew that giving up sports was a necessity if I had hoped to make a major impact for Jesus Christ.
Probably one of the most exciting days of this journey was when President Trump started to criticize the NFL for allowing their athletes to kneel during the national anthem. President Trump’s criticisms led to further on-the-field protests at games and thousands of social media debates about whether players should be allowed to kneel. I enjoyed seeing all the NFL controversy take place because I knew that God was using the national anthem protest to help my prediction come true.
I used to look forward to going to Super Bowl parties each year. Do you want to know what I do for the Super Bowl now? The last couple of years, I have prayed and fasted for this nation while the Super Bowl was on. I believe God spoke to me back in 2016 that He was going to take the “super” out of the Super Bowl. He has not done this yet, but I am still prayerful. Let’s see how many people watch the Super Bowl next year.
In the next chapter, I will share with you several significant observations I made over the last two years about the NFL that will make you think that God is the One who is reducing the size of the NFL to look like the Arena Football League. By the way, when I speak of the NFL collapsing, I don’t mean that the NFL won’t be around anymore. I believe that the NFL won’t be a major sports league heading into the 2019 NFL season. Over the last decade, the NFL has emerged as the most profitable and popular sports league in America. I think the NFL’s great run of success is about to be over in a significant way.
The Disney Fiasco
Spending the last four years trying to build an awareness campaign has had its ups and downs. One of the lows of my journey was when I missed on the Disney prophecy. I will never forget the day when I felt like God spoke to me about Disney. I tend to go to bed at 10 pm and get up at 2 am to pray and work on my awareness campaign. One morning, as I began to pray, a strong sense of God’s presence came into my bedroom. During that moment, I felt that God was speaking to me about Disney.
It was clear to me that God was not happy with some of the things Disney is engaging in. Before that day, I had no clue that Disney was so wrapped up in the gay rights movement. After I finished praying that morning, I did some research on Disney. I figured out that Disney had been actively trying to influence America to disregard the Bible for many years. At that point, I thought that God wanted to punish Disney just like the NFL. I felt I had peace in my heart when I wrote down the Disney prophecy, so I placed my prediction about Disney in my book God vs. The NFL. It took about two years before I understood I was wrong about my prediction.
I spent countless hours surfing the Internet looking for a PR crisis at one of Disney’s theme parks that never took place, and I thought ESPN (Disney owns ESPN) would lose a record number of subscribers in 2017. When these two things didn’t happen, I knew I had missed on my prediction. However, I didn’t miss on the fact that Disney has become an extremely dangerous organization who wants to continue to take away rights from the Church. As I write this book, no matter what predictions I felt I got wrong or right, I will still help to confront both the NFL and Disney about how they are pushing Christian values out of America.
The tale of two CEOs
The Bible says that God corrects those whom He loves (Proverbs 3:12). I know that God loves me because one of the things He was doing during my wilderness was correcting me. God could have let me continue to be complacent as far as seeking Him was concerned. If I did, I would have ended up missing this opportunity to launch this awareness campaign. God could let people like Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones (owner of the Dallas Cowboys) continue to prosper without warning them to change their ways before they must face Him on Judgment Day.
I believe my NFL and Disney prophecy has been metaphorical. If God wants to, He could cause every company in America to collapse who are helping people to reject His ways. Yet, God will punish some companies. He will allow others to continue to prosper, and He will slap some organizations on the wrist. Regardless of how God deals with each of us, we will all be held accountable for the choices we make while we are on this earth on Judgment Day. At this point, I would much rather be the NFL than Disney. Why? God is doing much more to get the NFL to change their sinful ways than Disney.
Roger Goodell will have to answer to God on Judgement Day if he ignores God’s warning.
If you were about to drive off a cliff to your death, you would want people along the side of the highway you would be speeding down trying to get your attention. You would be furious if you drove past hundreds of people and no one tried to get you to pull over to the side of a highway before you drove to your death. Disney represents the car that very few people are telling to pull over. Meanwhile, God is allowing the NFL’s car to run out of gas, so He can get their attention before it is too late.
I don’t know what you believe about me and my awareness campaign, but I do know that Jesus is coming back soon. I also know that I need to continue to do all I can to help the NFL, Disney and those who are rejecting the Bible to understand that the cliff is coming. I don’t want to be the guy who stood along the side of the highway and watched people drive into their death.
Bob Iger, Disney might continue to prosper in 2018 and beyond, but know that the cliff is coming if you and Disney don’t turn your hearts toward the God of the Bible. Roger Goodell, just know that God has been using the national anthem protest and other problems the NFL is now facing to get your attention. Please turn your “car” around and drive toward Jesus before it is too late.