The NFL playoff game on Saturday night between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Los Angeles Chargers was a historic one. The Jaguars staged an incredible comeback, overcoming a 27-0 deficit and winning the game on a last-second field goal by kicker Riley Patterson.
During the game, Patterson pulled out a cross he was wearing around his neck and kissed it before his game-winning kick. After the kick, he held up the cross in what appeared to be his way of giving thanks to God. However, NBC seemed to purposely cut away from Patterson holding up the cross, despite the many cameras present.
Jaguars kicker Riley Patterson held up his cross necklace for the camera after kicking the game winner.
Pretty awesome ✝️ pic.twitter.com/qPnD6fbLvD
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 15, 2023
Many people noticed this and took to Twitter to express their thoughts. The incident highlights the sad reality of anti-religious tactics and the silencing of positive displays of Christianity in our society. Television has no problem showing sexually suggestive behavior or gender identity issues, yet showing an athlete thanking God is deemed too controversial.
The cultural elite and their accomplices in the media are doing everything in their power to eliminate the country’s Christian foundation and its founding Judeo-Christian principles. Christians, and all religious people, must resist these left-wing attacks and push back against this shift away from God.
Riley Patterson not getting any love from NBC. No interview for his clutch FG. I’m guessing because he pulled out his cross and was giving credit to God. They wouldn’t show it on camera. #NFLPlayoffs #Jaguars
— Dave Q. 🇺🇸 (@DQuesada) January 15, 2023
Despite these efforts, the United States is not a godless country, and it is up to Christians to ensure that it will never become one. Patterson’s celebration of Christianity was just the latest cultural slight by the left, and it won’t be the last. It is important to stand up for one’s beliefs and not let them be silenced by those who seek to eliminate them.