Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Afterlife

"Who in their right mind if given a choice would choose going to hell over going to heaven?"
-Pastor Ken Whitten

I wonder about people. When I see so much wickedness and acts of evil around the world I still sit back in bewilderment. I can't understand for the life of me why a person would do such terrible things when the end result is a lifetime in hell. I mean do these people believe that once we die then that's it and we turn to dust so i doesn't matter how they behave? Do these people think that all they have to do is ask God for forgiveness and then they are cool, set to live the afterlife is eternal bliss in heaven? Or does the devil take control of these people's minds and hearts and soul to cause them to do such heinous acts? As one of my pastors, Pastor Ken Whitten preached in a sermon, he asked this question...."Who in their right mind if given a choice would choose going to hell over going to heaven?" The thing is, is that we are given that choice but people still to this day continue to choose to do bad even when they know the consequence. Why is that???

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Adam and Eve

Has anyone noticed that the absolute HARDEST thing to do is make a male/female relationship work? Can I hear a collective shout from all around the world......? UGGHHHHH!!!!! To ease the pain for all of you men and women around the world let me give you some understanding. Like my Grandmother always used to say, "In all your getting, get understanding". So here we go.......

Back in the Garden of Eden, Man and Woman had it made. Man and Woman had no struggles and no relationship confrontations. That all changed when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the tree of knowledge. It was the FALL of MAN. In the Bible, one of God's punishments for Woman for disobeying him and eating from that tree is submission to Man. And in Genesis 3:16 God said to the Woman....

"Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

And in God's punishment for Eve is the key to why we all have struggles in our relationships. In one fell swoop God made Man to rule over Woman and he made Woman's desire to be for her Man. Now the word "desire" doesn't mean only a want or a craving. The Bible uses that word "desire" as in to cleave to or to want to be like. In other words God cursed the Woman to be forever ruled over by the Man but be forever tormented by the craving yearning to be like the Man's role and rule over him instead of him ruling over her! Are you kidding me??? How in the world are we men and women supposed to have successful healthy relationships if we are doomed and cursed to forever be butting heads in a power struggle???

See this life that God created is a paradox. Anything worth getting is hard to get. Opposing forces work together all for good and the glory of God. In this particular paradox of Man and Woman's forever battle for rule over each other, God knew that this struggle would bring Mankind closer to Him because it would take the Man and Woman to submit to God's rules in order for their relationships to work and be successful. And God knew that the only way for Man and Woman to do this was to do so through their spirit and not through their flesh. For the flesh is weak but through the spirit Man can do all things. So the key to making our relationships work is for women and men to follow the rules as God laid out for us which is for man to rule over the woman and the ONLY way for the relationship to succeed is for the woman to submit to her man's rule over her. In Ephesians 5:21 the Bible says "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ." And in Ephesians 5:22-24 the Bible says "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church sumits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything." It is futile to fight it women..... but you all will fight it. Fighting it is part of the same curse God put on women as punishment for eating from the forbidden tree of knowledge.

Aw heck no!!!! I can hear all you women around the world snapping your necks and smacking your lips in protest. Believe me I totally understand because in this day and age of radical liberal feminism and ever since the women's rights movement to push for man and women to be equal partners. But I am telling you like I know the sun rises that God's way is the ONLY way to make relationships work. God's way forces us to die of ourselves and our natural desires in order to follow His will. It takes work and sacrifice and sweat and tears.... things weren't this hard back in the good ol' days of the Garden of Eden. Man we had it made! But ever since those blissful days ended everything that is good is exremely hard to get. But God knew that Eve would fail and that Adam would fail. But it was all part of His plan to make Mankind seek Him and follow Him. God knew it would be hard for Man to grow closer to Him as long as Mankind was given everything and had all its needs provided for. God knew that the devil would tempt Eve to disobey Him and that Eve would tempt Adam and that they would fail and be driven out the garden. But it was all part of God's plan to make us grow closer to Him so that one day, as Believers, we will be back in a new Garden of Eden and that's heaven.

In order for our male/female relationships to succeed men have to have compassion for women's curse of internal struggle to rule over us. In having understanding and compassion of woman's battle, man will be better rulers by taking into consideration the nature of who they are ruling over. It will aid the man in being more patient and amicable in problem solving and dealing with woman's "attitude" and not take it personal when the woman is defiant and want to lead him and rule over him. And men, in order to expect Woman to let you rule over her, men must seek to be as righteous as they can. Men, the more righteous you are the more your women will want to let you rule over her.

But to ensure success in our relationships it definitely takes both the Man and the Woman doing their part. So in order for male/female relationships to succeed women have to understand that it is NOT a issue of Man being superior and Woman being inferior. Women, to deal with God's curse that He put on you, submission and dying of yourselves and dying of your natural desire to rule over your man is a must. It is extremely hard to do women......but everything worth getting is hard to get. And men.....it is extremely hard to be a compassionate ruler who can limit his authority in order to "ride out the storm" when the woman falls to her desires of flexing her want to rule over you....but it is required cause everything worth getting is hard to get.

"Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes."
-Ephesians 6:11
"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground...."
-Ephesians 6:13

Monday, February 18, 2008

SPYGATE

Now that we have turned our attention a little from Major League Baseball's Congressional dog and pony show let's focus on some real professional sports scandal....SPYGATE. The Patriots are accused of videotaping practices all the way back from 2001 against my old team the ST. Louis Rams. I can promise you with this NFL scandal Congress wont have another shameful dog and pony show like they did with the Roger Clemens hearings. Watching our country's leaders orchestrate that congressional hearing was embarrassing. Are you kidding me??? Did you hear some of the comments and questions that these "top leaders" were asking??? I swear I wonder who elected these bozos??? Let's hope and pray that our Government can handle investigating the Bill Bellichik scandal better than they did the Roger Clemens fiasco. This NFL scandal is going to send a ripple all the way through the entire league from the top all the way down. NFL commissioner Roger Goodall was found by Congress to have erased the videotape evidence Bill Bellichik's taping of the NY Jets during the regular season. He erased the tapes!!?? What! Can you say "co-conspirator??" Commissioner Goodall is in trouble. Bill Bellichik is in trouble. And the entire Patriots organization is in trouble. Now the allegations are that Bill Bellichik taped the Rams walk through pratice the week of the 2001 Super Bowl. My old teammate St. Louis Ram teammate Willie Gary has filed a $100 million class action lawsuit against the Patriots. Willie didn't play that much that year but he is in the game now! This is shaping up to be one of the biggest scandals in professional sports history. Hold on to your seats!

"Truth always comes to light"
-

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Guilty Untill Proven Innocent (Roger Clemens, PacMan Jones, Barry Bonds, O.J., etc))

Celebrity figures are under fire. O.J. Simpson, Roger Clemens, Kobe Bryant, Barry Bonds, PacMan Jones, etc. As I embark on beginning to do prison ministry with the leaders of my church I thought I would share my motivation that led me to this walk of ministry. In America it seems no mater how many stories of corruption and criminal convictions of our country's judges, police officers, military personnel and politicians, a majority of people in the USA still believe that these people who are hired or elected to serve and protect are trustworthy, honest and have no bias or motive of personal gain behind their accusations, charges and judgements. Regardless of the many accounts we hear of injustices and errors committed by those in law enforcement and the legal system, we still hold people in these offices in high regard and believe their reports as the gospel truth. The news and the media that report these stories are also blindly believed by the masses. No matter how many news stories are written in error or retracted, the trend today in the court of public opinion is to find those who are charged with crimes to be automatically guilty. Then when that same legal system decides to not file charges, drop charges, or find those charged to be innocent, public opinion still holds on to their belief of guilt. The standard thought process is "Well that person must have done something or they wouldn't have been charged or arrested in the first place" Are you kidding me??? We have turned into a nation of "Guilty Untill Proven Innocent" To base our presumptive beliefs of guilt on the reports and charges generated from our erred news media, law enforcement and legal system is a gross error in logic. Our legal system is a muddled bureaucratic mess run by underpaid and overworked biased corrupt individuals. These law enforcement and legal systems are run by people who know that they stand personal gain the more arrests and jail sentences they can achieve. Every yahoo police cowboy out there is chomping at the bit to arrest and convict especially if the accused is a celebrity. Those in law enforcement and the legal system have figured it out that they can achieve great things for themselves and can climb up the law enforcement and political ladder by bagging a celebrity arrest and conviction. So how can we as a people take the legal systems word to the extreme like we do and pass judgement on those charged and even those acquitted and found innocent? It is because we have become a nation driven by fear. It seems odd to me that this thing called fear is also the devil's primary weapon of choice to drive us away from our glory, our worship and our salvation by our God. No longer is America the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave". We are now the "Land of Slaves to Fear and the Home of the Scared". Seems to me the devil is infesting our nation with fear which has griped our very spirits and we'd rather shun people at 1st sign of allegation of criminal charge and err on the side of caution. And even when those we have shunned get exonerated and proven innocent we still shun them out of fear that they may have done something criminal regardless if they were proven innocent. We as a nation need to rise up and take our lives back out of fear's deathly grip. Values like FAITH and PATIENCE and PEACE need to come back and rule our lives. In doing so we give honor and praise to the Lord and defeat the works of the devil. How many stories do we have to hear about people who were wrongly convicted and served several years in prison for crimes they did not commit? All hell would break loose if all people in our nation actually knew how corrupt and muddled our legal system is and that the fabric of our society is nothing but a seemingly "death trap" for those that have the misfortune to fall into the lgeal systems grasp. It is not untill people get thrown into the legal system themselves by lawsuit or arrest that they see for themselves how mesed up the system actually is. And God forbid that you actually have put the fate of your entire life in the hands of an attorney to defend yourself. These attorneys will cost you thousands to hundred of thousands of dollars and it is not refundable if you are found innocent. And you don't get a "do over" if your attorney does a horrible job. Money gone! Life gone! Reputation gone! As I have said before, all of us need to stop condemning each other and passing judgement on each other. We are too hard on each other. Life is about forgiveness, mercy and grace. We are only human and we all fail and we all fall. Be careful out there.



"Only a fool believes everything they read and hear"



-Chidi

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

US Congress, Steroids, and Baseball

What is all this fuss about steroids in pro baseball??? It just seems very odd to me that a sport where not much physical contact is made is the one that has caused all the controversy about steroids. I mean I undertsand that steroids is illegal and that it enhances the players ability to hit and throw better but WHO CARES??? Hold on...wait a minute..let's think about this for a second. Let's flip this and think of all the non steroid using players that played against all these steroid using baseball players and acutally beat them! Wow then these players must really be the true great ones if they could beat these steroid monster baseball players with only using their sheer God given natural ability...RIGHT??? Then that must mean I too am a greater player than I originally thought. Lol! I played steroid free for all 12 years of my pro football career in the NFL against the biggest strongest powerful fastest men in the world. DO you think that I ever stopped to care whether or not an opponent was on steroids or not??? NO! Guess what? I just lined up and whooped their butts... steroid or no steroid. Look world...this steroid thing is a joke. I know plenty of steroid using athletes that STILL could not cut it and were horrible. The history of our professional sports has shown even 1st round draft picks that used steroids turn out to be busts. Its time that the US Congress find something better to do with its time then needle sniffing and steroid hunting. Maybe the US Government can focus on more important things like...um..let me think...how about stopping the atrocities in the Iraq war??!! There is PLENTY of illegal acts being committed by our military in Iraq. And is it fair that our America troops are competing in the war and using its own version of steriods to do it??? Our "steroid" pumped up military might is "unfairly" killing thousands of "non steroid" using Iraqi men, women, and children who don't stand a chance. Is that fair US Congress? Hmm?



"The true measure of man is not how many time he falls and fails but how many time he gets up"
-someone famous



"If it can't be cured then it must be endured"

-anonymous

Monday, February 11, 2008

Obama Chills

Have you all been listening? Have you all been watching? We are blessed to be seeing history in the making! I'm talking about Barack Obama for President of the United States. Are you kidding me??? Just hearing him say the words "I will be the next President of the United States" gives me CHILLS. Goosbumps. As a kid I learned about great men like JFK and MLK. But now we all have the opportunity to actually see the coming of a man shaped in same mold of these great men. Years ago my 8 year old son Ijechi asked me once "Daddy, can a black man become President?" Just the fact that in the 21st cnetury a kid still has to ask this type of question is a damn shame and we as Americans should be ashamed. I told my son that although only white men have been voted as the President of the United States a balck man, latin man, asian man, or a woman can be voted as the President of the United States but unfortunatley these groups of people are the minority and people usually vote for people that look the same as them and that a mojority of people in America are white. But look at the Obama Campaign! He has started to disproved this notion that I told my son about only white men being President. I see white people. latin people, asian people voting for Obama in these primaries. We are all geting the chance to see a changing time here in America where color of skin does not determine votes. Sen Obama does not become the next president of the United States I can tell my son that YES a black man can be Presidant and has a fighting chance to elected. I'm telling you it gives me CHILLS.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Cheaters and Karma

Super Bowl XLII concluded with yet another miracle. NY Giants Win! Amazing. But did you see Eli Manning? The look on his face when he won reminded me of someone......reminded me of Tom Brady when he won his 1st Super Bowl by beating my team when I was on the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. That pure joy and humble happiness that we see in children when they play the GAME of football shined thru in Eli Manning. Eli's exuberance was a mirror for all the world to see to compare Tom Brady and Head Coach Bill "scrooge" Bellichik and just how far they have fallen. I admired Tom Brady after his 1st Super Bowl win against my team. He had that same look that Eli had. But now when you see Tom Brady he has the look of arrogance. Like the world owes him something and all should bow down. The look of superiority that is never satisfied and always wants for more. Now the NFL is saying that the Patriots not only cheated against the Jets during the regular season in a scandal called "Spygate" they are now also saying that the Patriots cheated against my team the Rams in Super Boowl XXXVI. Commisoner Goodall says he may take their super bowl rings back and award them to the Rams. Wow! If this is all true it is sad what success can do to you especially when you CHEAT to achieve success. If this is true then karma was at play in Super Bowl XLII. If this is true then God made sure that vindication would right the Patriots wrong by making sure they fell....and fall hard. If this is true then God made sure that the Pats would rise has high as they possibly could by being undefeated so that their fall would be as high as it could be.

"No matter how hard you fight to not see your reflection you will always run into a mirror sooner or later"
-Chidi

Friday, February 8, 2008

Life in the NFL....Life after the NFL

Hello world. This is Chidi Ahanotu. This blog is created to be a forum for issues dealing with the National Football League (NFL). Having spent 12 years as a starter in the NFL and "Franchise PLayer" for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and now Vice President of the NFLPA Retired Players Tampa Chapter, I have seen it ALL. Any topic is fair play and my goal is to educate, give insight, and awareness to the NFL, NFL fans, NFL wives, and NFL players current and reitred. God Bless and remember let's all stop being so hard on each other and stop condemning and being so judgemental. We are all only human and WE ALL FALL AND WE ALL FAIL......and you KNOW you have done bad deeds and failed too so stop being so hard on your fellow man. Life is about Forgiveness. Mercy. and Grace.

"In all your getting....get understanding"
-My Grandmother Ardelle Cooper