Jason Whitlock: “My problem isn’t really with Deion Sanders, it’s with the people who worship, exalt, and defend him. Idolaters are far more dangerous than the idols they glorify. The people enraged by my light criticism of Coach Prime realize that I’m really talking about THEM, not Deion Sanders. I’m pointing out their insecurity, the fraudulence of their confidence, virtue, and faith. Deion makes his idolaters feel good about themselves. Coach Prime’s Black idolaters believe his success says something about Black people. Deion’s White and liberal idolaters believe their unconditional support of him makes them more virtuous. The world has never been able to rid itself of idols. Man is constantly looking to avoid the narrow path, a less demanding savior, a replacement for Jesus Christ, however, society’s level of idolatry—that ebbs and flows. America’s idolatry is at an all-time high. That’s the true legacy and impact of Barack Obama’s presidency. He ushered in the age of unrestrained idolatry. Deion Sanders is the new Barack Obama—an idol above criticism. A celebrity who fills Black people with pride and grants White supporters morality. Fifteen years ago when Obama won the White House many Americans falsely believed President Obama would help deliver the nation from the sin of racial division, unfairness, and bitterness. It never materialized. In fact, eight years of Obama increased our racial polarization. Should we blame Obama for that? I don’t think so. I blame the idolatrous relationship Black Americans, White liberals, and corporate media established with the President of the United States. Man is not meant to be worshiped, God is. Worship and exaltation bring out the worst in man. Man is sharpened by resistance. Obama received far less resistance than any President in American history, making him one of the weakest leaders in American history. He was allowed to dismiss virtually all criticism as ‘racism.’ The paid sycophants on his staff and surrogates in the media shielded him from his critics. He existed in a protective bubble. His presidency, along with the growing influence of social media normalized placing idols in an echo chamber of positive reinforcement. What were the rewards for Black people’s idolatry of President Obama? Well, according to most objective observers there were no rewards. // Idolatry is the devil’s most effective tool. It blinds believers to truth and allows man to give in to his own worst instincts. That’s what I’m afraid we’re going to witness from Deion Sanders at Colorado. He’s been placed in a corrosive, protective bubble of idolatry. He’s worshiped, exalted, and defended the way we’re supposed to worship, exalt, and defend Jesus. No man can handle that. Deion will be destroyed and no one will benefit. It’s strange and sad how little we learned from the Obama presidency. We’ve yet to reckon with the idolatry his eight years in office spawn. Before the age of Obama, as a columnist working in Kansas City, and writing for ESPN and Fox Sports, I was celebrated for my willingness to criticize idols and sacred cows. Now it’s taboo. It’s not tolerated within corporate media. The age of Obama birthed Colin Kaepernick and now Deion Sanders—idols above scrutiny, false Gods. Our confidence -- and I’m talking about Black people -- and security should come from knowing we’re image bearers of God, not that we share the same skin tone of a celebrity football coach, football player, or US President. ‘Black Pride’ is a curse because ALL pride is a curse. Pride hides truth. The idolaters are fueling the arrogance that will undermine Deion’s ability to sustain success at Colorado. The Black people worshiping at the throne of Coach Prime foolishly believe a winning season at Colorado will benefit them and say something about them. The truth is: our unrepentant idolatry says everything you need to know about us and America. We’d rather suffer the negative consequences of worshiping a false god than endure the worldly persecution of embracing the real one. This culture has been overrun with idolaters. We thank being a groupie for celebrities somehow benefits us.” (Full Segment Above)
Watch Jason Whitlock of Fearless explain why he doesn’t have a problem with Deion Sanders but really just dissonance towards his biggest supporters in the media, who Jason says are blindly idolizing Deion as a way to glorify their own self-serving narratives and agendas tied around skin color.
Check out the segment above as Whitlock compares Coach Prime’s first season as Colorado’s head football coach to Barack Obama’s presidency, saying it’s wrong for the media to go out of their way to protect Sanders from any criticism the same way mainstream media did for Obama, and try to push ‘racism’ as the real culprit behind any pushback they may receive.