This past week Lebron James made his nationally televised “decision” and left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat of the NBA. As a Christian, I am abhorred by his justification for leaving. During James’ interview on ESPN, he repeatedly stated his reason for leaving the Cavs. There was a two-fold motive behind his decision:
A. So he would be happy
B. So that he would win multiple NBA championships (in doing so, he will supposedly be classed with the greatest players of all time like Jordan, Russell, Bryant etc.)
(In case you missed his ESPN interview please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIw7BakUoTU to see his justification for the move.)
When I was younger, I was always told that my decisions were to be made with the following in mind…
A. Above all else, I was to put the Lord’s will first in all my decision making
B. Next, my immediate family’s welfare was to dictate what my decision was to be.
C. Thirdly, the good of other people around me was to take a third place in my decisions.
D. My own desires were to take fourth place in my decisions.
I have always thought that this was a pretty good way of making decisions and it certainly appears to support Biblical teachings… (Luke 10:27-28, Eph 5:25, 5:28-29). Then along comes Lebron James… what example does he set for all the young people who look up to him as a role model? His entire justification for moving to Miami is basically turning the above list of priorities on it’s head.
He is telling his followers, by his words and example, that putting themselves first, and making their happiness the number one priority in life, they are making the most of their life on earth. This reminds me of the King in Ecclesiates that wasted his life seeking happiness and power in all the world had to offer. (Eccl 1:-12:)
His actions and his words clearly tell us that happiness and lasting fame are the ultimate priority in James’ decision making process. It is enough to make any Christian weep.
My question is this…. “Since happiness and fame take priority in his decisions, does this mean they are his gods?” It is really something to think about and something to warn our children about.