By Chris Turner
Director of Communications, TBMB
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles set off a social media firestorm when she withdrew from the first week of Olympic competition, and apparently her withdrawal sparked a wildfire that’s torched countless Christian witnesses across America.
Biles is arguably the greatest Olympic gymnast in history and her gold medal sweep at the Tokyo Olympics was assumed prior to the opening ceremony. But like the cliché goes, “That is why they play the games.” Biles did not complete a sweep. She didn’t even make it that far into the competition before she withdrew due to mental stress.
It is impossible to know what “mental stress” means in Biles’ context. And that’s the point. No one knows except for Biles and possibly a few close confidants with whom she shared information. However, our collective ignorance of the details hasn’t prevented countless individuals from assailing Biles. Unfortunately, there are professing Christians also spewing uninformed, demeaning, belittling, ungodly, mean-spirited, and deeply uncompassionate comments through their social media channels. Every such post only torches their witness, leaving an ash heap in place of what may have once been credibility.
And we wonder why people are walking away from, or want nothing to do with, the church. [Read more…]