No doubt you’ve all heard or read about the latest Jameis Winston issue. And sadly, it isn’t his first issue, it’s his latest.
The spotlight has been shining brightly and squarely on Winston, as it should. He won the most prestigious award a college football player can win, yet he still has no ability to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong, what is appropriate and what is not. Winston made another huge mistake and should suffer repercussions if he is going to have any hope of learning from his behavior.
Opinions about him as a young man, his behavior and his punishment are as numerous as the sand on the beach. But I wanted to focus on a part of this latest Winston story that I haven’t heard anyone address.
As I was watching ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday (as any good southern momma would do), I stopped in my tracks, coffee in Auburn mug in hand, when Chris Fowler said, “He (Winston) was repeating a popular internet meme.”
My mind zeroed in on one word. Popular. That one word made me sad, mad, frustrated – I felt many emotions all at once. You see one of the pieces in Winston’s self-destructing puzzle is that he was repeating a vulgar, vile, degrading but POPULAR meme.
Are we as a society so far removed from decency that we don’t take a minute to address THAT? Study after study has proven a strong correlation between repeated exposure to violence & porn and immoral, unacceptable and deviant behavior. Sure, Winston has shown repeated bad judgment. But he didn’t come up with all of this bad behavior on his own. He and so many children are being inundated with sexual scenes starting at frightening young ages, many of these scenes being brutal in nature. They show up in commercials, television shows, movies and all over the internet. And no matter how diligent you are as a parent, one will slip in from time to time on your watch (remember my rant on Hardee’s?). So why then are we surprised when these young adults behave like they do? It’s what they’ve been exposed to for 5, 10, 15 years – or more.
Until we as a society address what is currently popular and stand firm on the slippery slope the enemy has us sliding down, incidents like what we’ve seen out of Jameis Winston will only continue, become more frequent, and yes, get worse in nature.
So what do we do? Yes, we need to hold these companies who sling filth around accountable. But internet porn isn’t a company, so we must start with this simple yet very effective way to fight this battle – prayer. I pray every day against the enemy, declaring he has no place in my life, my family’s life, my home, etc. You may not feel like you can start a campaign against Hardee’s, but praying against satan so that he cannot get a foothold in your world is something you can and should do daily.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
The enemy is roaming, prowling, devouring. He’s turned immorality into popularity. We must fight him off every single day through prayer and living as Jesus would have us live.
My hope and prayer is for my children to love Jesus so much that they have no desire to enter into this dark world. But I know better – I know that satan will work overtime to drag them into his slimy pit of filth if he can.
He certainly has a hold of Mr. Winston.
When, I wonder, will we address what is popular?