In Week 3, I was wearing a headband that displayed the words “Man of God” across my forehead. This wasn’t the first time I’d worn the headband during an NFL game. In fact, I’d worn it every game of the 2019 season. While I’ve worn this, as well as many other headbands with words on them, to a game, this was the first time it created a stir. I soon found myself fined by the league for a “uniform violation.”
I think the reason I was called out was because I was highlighted last week by the media during my pregame huddle speech to the team, which seemed to go viral. To be honest, I wasn’t clear on the details of this rule set by the league, so I wasn’t expecting the repercussions I incurred. The league doesn’t want us displaying any personal messages while on the field. And now that I’m clear on the rules, I won’t go against them.
It’s important not to pick and choose what parts of the Bible we want to follow. The Bible tells us to be submissive to what your authorities are asking you to do. Unless the authorities above us are asking you to do something that’s not of God, then you need to follow that rule, whether or not you agree with it yourself. The league has a uniform code; it wouldn’t be reflective of Christ for me to go against that rule. If I’m trying to glorify God through my apparel, but in the meantime, I’m being disobedient to the league, that’s not what I want to do. I want to stay in the guidelines of the league.
But I am glad that the conversation was started. Anytime people bring God into the conversation is a win. God can get glory from any and every situation. God doesn’t need a headband to get the glory. “Man of God” is written on my forehead whether I wear the bandana or not. You’re going to see God’s mark on my life. The life we are meant to live in Christ will speak for itself; it will stand out.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” — Galatians 2:20
— Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints linebacker
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