Pastor Delivers Sermon on Why LeBron Should Stay

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An associate pastor has come up with a way for LeBron James to stay in Cleveland and become the "most dedicated and loyal athlete in the history of sports." Christopher Benek recently gave a sermon at Provdience Presbyterian Church in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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caprilady71

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Ok Pastor, you're going a bit overboard here. No one, especially one living a lifestyle of a millionaire, would take a 999,999.00 or more pay cut. I feel you and where you're going with this but seriously.....Frankly, I don't believe LeBron is going anywhere. Why would he? no one can offer him anything more than what he has financially. He's already grounding his children in activity of community of Akron. He can travel during off season. He loves what he does here in Akron. Plus he'd never leave me......HIS BIGGEST FAN!!!!! lol.....I can dream! My prayers are that stay or go, he's happy.
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Someone should tell the good pastor the titles "The King" and "The Chosen One" apply to only one person--Jesus. And why give a sermon about LeBoob in church in the first place. Pastor not appropriate in my opinion sir.
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i completely agree with the pastor and his idea for lebron james. i mean, its perfect, if he took a pay cut and stopped being such a pre madonna about it, they could build a super team, and he can finally be recognized as the best player in NBA history over that hack michael jordan, i mean come on, he had a much better team than lebron, and if lebron had a team without a bunch of losers, he might reach his potential someday. one more comment, kobe bryant= is not very good.(compared to lebron). Peace out girl scouts!!!
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kobe bryant, not that good
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i agree with pette. they are really taking this whole thing to the extreme.
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Pete; I believe the idea is to grab people's attention and take something relevant from the sermon. If you watch all 4 clips you will see that the portion of the sermon discussing Lebron is just a fraction of the entire message. As was stated in clip 4; put it all on the table for God to judge.
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Someone should tell the good pastor the titles "The King" and "The Chosen One" apply to only one person--Jesus. And why give a sermon about LeBoob in church in the first place. Pastor not appropriate in my opinion sir.
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LDR, with all due respect, I still believe the pastor was wrong to give a sermon about LeBron from the church Sunday pulpit. The Bible has a wealth of examples he could have drawn from for his sermom if he was trying to make a point. Again, "The King" and the "The Chosen One" are titles reserved only for Jesus--not LeBron James. And I might add, I (and others) consider that huge poster of LBJ on the building across from QuickenLoans Arena, to be a "graven image." But I know I'm in the minority and out of sync with some, keyword some, of today's thinking in this country.

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Pete, I agree with you. If I had been at that church I would have stood up and walked out. You are not in the minority here. Trust me. There are plenty of us that don't worship at the altar of King James.
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LDR wrote:
Pete; I believe the idea is to grab people's attention and take something relevant from the sermon. If you watch all 4 clips you will see that the portion of the sermon discussing Lebron is just a fraction of the entire message. As was stated in clip 4; put it all on the table for God to judge.
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yo what does lebron james's decision have anything to do with the word of god?
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NO collection plate for 1yr and no salary for u. Be Fair
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really???? There's not anything else that needs to be taught from the Word of God that would be more important????? People are dying and going to hell everyday and this guy would rather preach about a basketball player????
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i agree with pete it does not belong in church
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I feel like many of you are completely missing this man's point. Are your hearts and minds so hardened that you can't see the greater message? The rev is merely saying that he thinks people like Lebron - those with a great deal of power and fame- should give their talents up to God and start living for something greater than the all powerful dollar. Think of how many kids look up to these superstars and think of the lack of roll models they have in them. Now imagine for once, the greatest player in the game shows that it's not just about money, it's about something greater... think of all the live's he could touch. The good rev is saying that he should do it in the name of God! If you're a young kid witnessing that, think how it would impact you. I agree with what some other's have said; watch ALL the videos! The message isn't about basketball. It's not about sports. It's about Love. It's about giving, and setting an example. It's about sacrifice. Do these topics not belong in a church? Is it not ok to shake things up a bit? Nobody is comparing Lebron to THE King... geesh. Open your minds a bit and actually LISTEN and THINK!
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Pete and friends, and Sandra, and Old School if you all are not Pete's friends; you all are missing the point.

Pete, you are digging in to deep with names like "The King" and "The Chosen One". He said "...he can be something like a modern day king." Meaning just that he can be a figurehead which does great things and inspire many to follow in his example. And "The Chosen One" means literally just what it says. He is chosen by God to have a plan of good for his life. God has a plan for us all, and therefore we are all "Chosen Ones" of God, you, me, Lebron alike.

Also, on the note that there are plenty of bible verses with examples he can could have drawn his sermon from. There are, there is no denying that. However, it is often helpful to have an example of God's will (humility in this case) from life today making it much more relevant to our world in which we live in. God's will is not limited to a few stories that happened a couple of thousand years ago, it is active today in people's actions today, so why not use it. The bible is not the only source of God's word/love/will, look around it is in the world as it has always been, before, during, and since biblical times.

Sandra, "Be fair." how about you yourself be fair. The purpose of Lebron taking a dollar is to inspire humility in the millions who watch and are inspired by his actions. This will in turn spread a message of humility making the world one tiny bit closer to how God, of all religions, wants it to be. Taking money from the church, Providence Presbyterian, would be detrimental to this cause. The Pastor here isn't asking Lebron to take a pay cut because he thinks it would be good for Lebron himself, but for a greater cause. The church which he is a part of works for that greater cause, and it does, for I personally know that church well. The money your asking to be taken away from the church is going away from mission efforts in both Africa, and the U.S. The money the pastor is asking to be taken away from Lebron will inspire a higher since of morals in a number of people.

Then finally Old School, yes really. As I said above this is a message for the spread of humility, a virtue close to my, Christian, God, but also close to the religious virtues of all major world religions. It is a calling for Christians, of whom the pastor assumes Lebron to be from his statement of prayer, to lead by example, thus bringing others closer to God. Sadly it is true people are dying and going to hell every day, but inspiring people to live towards God's virtues can only work against this disheartening reality. It goes along with what Saint Francis said "Preach the gospel always, and if necessary use words".

Can we all not see the higher message in this sermon? Though it is important religiously to following the virtues of God, it is equally important on moral, ethical, and humanitarian grounds of all faiths, cultures, and peoples. Why must it be condemned so?
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First of all, just because he prays doesn't mean he is a "brother-in-Christ." Secondly, if LeBron was prone to do this, he would have done it already and the Cavs would have better players now. Third, why is this supposed man of the cloth dealing with basketball from the pulpit instead of doing his job? This is wrong on so many levels is's ridiculous.

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Enlightened 1 wrote:
I feel like many of you are completely missing this man's point. Are your hearts and minds so hardened that you can't see the greater message? The rev is merely saying that he thinks people like Lebron - those with a great deal of power and fame- should give their talents up to God and start living for something greater than the all powerful dollar. Think of how many kids look up to these superstars and think of the lack of roll models they have in them. Now imagine for once, the greatest player in the game shows that it's not just about money, it's about something greater... think of all the live's he could touch. The good rev is saying that he should do it in the name of God! If you're a young kid witnessing that, think how it would impact you. I agree with what some other's have said; watch ALL the videos! The message isn't about basketball. It's not about sports. It's about Love. It's about giving, and setting an example. It's about sacrifice. Do these topics not belong in a church? Is it not ok to shake things up a bit? Nobody is comparing Lebron to THE King... geesh. Open your minds a bit and actually LISTEN and THINK!
You are the one who seems to miss the point. Lebron wants kids worshiping him. And the "greatest player in the game" is all about money. Wonder how much he tithes to a church? Gotcha.
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Will he still have to tithe?
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If the pastor cared about God and His work reaching the lost instead of his team winning a championship he would have challenged Lebron to give up his money to missionary work reaching the people in the 10/40 window.
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Sounds like this pastor worships LeBron James, not Jesus Christ.
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<quoted text>You are the one who seems to miss the point. Lebron wants kids worshiping him. And the "greatest player in the game" is all about money. Wonder how much he tithes to a church? Gotcha.
Not sure why asking me me about Lebron's tithing practices is a "gotcha" miss Palin. Besides, I thought this was part of the rev's challenge... You seem to be locked into what is, and not what could be. Don't worry though, the rev gave out a suggestion for donations- auction off the 3 one dollar bills for charity. He also states that with the 35 million in endorsements Lebron should continue to give back to the community. Seems to me that it's a reputable call to action.

Why is it so wrong to want a public figure to actually do something good and meaningful? I think if you'd listen to the whole sermon you'd get a little more out of it that what you seem to be arguing with.

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