An expected 100+ million people will watch Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, Feb 11. The Kansas City Chiefs face the San Francisco 49ers at 6:30 pm ET at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.
Several committed Christians will be taking the field including 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy and Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker.
Butker is a committed Catholic who is outspoken in his pro-life views.
Last year, following the Chiefs’ win at the Super Bowl, Harrison Butker joined his team for a visit to the White House. He opted to use the opportunity to promote the cause of life.
Butker wore a tie with the phrase “Vulnerari Praesidio” written in cursive on it – the phrase is Latin, and it translates to “Protect the most vulnerable.” Pro-life group Live Action, founded by activist Lila Rose, designed the tie specifically for Butker’s White House visit.
Additionally, Butker wore a gold pin replicating the size of a 10-week-old aborted baby’s feet.
“I want to give the most vulnerable, the unborn, a voice at a place where every effort has been made to allow and normalize the tragic termination of their lives,” Butker said in a statement following the visit, adding,
As a father who has experienced three miscarriages, my wife and I understand the hardships that come with losing a child. Every life is precious and should be valued whether outside or inside the womb.
Butker has also urged his fellow citizens to protect preborn life at the ballot box – specifically by voting in favor of Kansas’ Value Them Both Amendment which would have declared the Kansas constitution does not guarantee a right to abortion. The measure failed in 2022.
In 2023, Butker gave the commencement address at his alma matter, Georgia Tech, and provided the graduating students with a dose of wisdom:
I don’t care if you have a successful career. I don’t care if you have a big bank account or fly private. Many of you in this crowd may achieve these things. … But in the end – no matter how much money you attain – none of it will matter if you are alone and devoid of purpose.
I can offer one controversial antidote that I believe will have a lasting impact for generations to come. Get married and start a family (emphasis added).
Sometimes, Christians wonder whether God cares about which team wins the Super Bowl.
While God cares deeply about every player – He probably leaves the winner up to human free will – which team plays the best.
God may not be on one team’s side on Sunday. But it is the responsibility of each player to be on God’s side – knowing and loving God through their words and actions. That’s true for all of us, too.
Harrison Butker – by taking the side of life – has certainly done just that.
We wish both teams well on Sunday.
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