Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who led his team to victory in Super Bowl 48, is not one to hide his faith. In fact, it is a huge part of who he is, how he lives his life and how he approaches the game of football. His belief in God drives him, guides him, and inspires him.
During an interview with Maria Shriver, Wilson applied those biblical principles by which he leads his life to give his thoughts on how this nation can heal its increasing division and growing hate among people which far too often results in violence.
An example of that violence is the war on police that has grown out of control fueled by the rhetoric of the Black Lives Matter movement. It has torn our nation apart in many ways and created a dangerous environment for not only police officers but Americans everywhere whose daily lives have been interrupted with dangerous tactics, like the blocking of freeways and burning down of businesses.
If we want to truly heal our nation, the 27-year old Wilson tells Shriver that we must do what the Bible says. That is to love one another and treat people better.
“It’s a lack of love, there’s so much hate in the world, there’s so much back and forth. … For me, it always comes back to the Biblical aspect: Corinthians 1:13 talks about, faith, hope and love. And the greatest of all is love. If we don’t have love, we have nothing.”
He continued by adding that God placed us on this earth for a purpose.
“God put us on this earth to serve, give back and to love one another. If we could just focus on that aspect and just, how can I love you better. How can I be there for you in your time of need? And stop focusing on ourselves so much.”
Wilson puts his words and advice into action through his Why Not You Foundation. With his foundation, Wilson seeks to make a difference in the lives of kids affected by a variety of situations that have negatively impacted their lives. Launched in 2014, it’s mission statements says it “is dedicated to creating real and lasting change in the world by motivating, empowering and preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders.”
Making a change in this world and in this nation starts with one.
“So many times we think about the big picture, but we miss the one individual. If we can change one kid at a time, one heart at a time, one soul, one adult at a time, as a result of that, it ends up being a snowball effect.”
Russell Wilson lost his father in 2010 due to complications from diabetes. When naming the foundation, he thought back to the words his father would say to him when he was younger. “Why Not You.” Watch Russell Wilson share more information about his foundation.
Watch Russell Wilson share more information about his foundation.