So why would Peyton Manning, a Christian, repeat multiple times that he was going out to “drink a lot of Budweiser”? Because he owns a financial interest in not one but two Budweiser distributorships in his home state of Louisiana.
“Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!” Habakkuk 2:15 (KJV)
Peyton Manning, of whom it had been said during the regular season had a “noodle arm“, was very vocal after pulling off the upset of the century with the Bronco’s defeat of the Carolina Panthers. This is what he said to CBS’ Tracy Wolfson:
“I want to go kiss my wife and my kids. I want to go hug my family,” Manning said in comments to CBS’ Tracy Wolfson immediately after the game. “I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight, Tracy, I promise you that. I’m going to take care of those things first and definitely going to say a little prayer and thank the man upstairs for this great opportunity.”
The really sad part of that statement is twofold. One, for someone who calls himself an “evangelical Christian“, telling 100 million people that he is going to go out and “drink a lot of Budweiser” and get drunk is a really, really poor testimony. It makes Christianity look really bad, makes it look just like the unsaved world. Secondly, instead of thanking his Saviour Jesus Christ, he instead opted for the expression “the man upstairs”. That’s what unsaved people call God, that’s not what Christians call their Heavenly Father.
Budweiser disavowed all knowledge that Peyton Manning was going to make those remarks, and said emphatically that they did not pay him to say that. Good thing, too, as it is a violation of NFL league rules for a player to promote alcohol. So why would Manning repeat multiple times that he was going out to “drink a lot of Budweiser”? Because he owns a financial interest in not one but two Budweiser distributorships in his home state of Louisiana.
So not only does Peyton Manning like to get drunk himself, he also enables thousands of other people to get drunk as well, while profiting from it at the same time. Absolutely shameful behavior for someone claiming to be a Christian. I wonder how many of the millions of impressionable, young teenage boys who watched and listened to him extol the virtues of getting drunk will be going out to try and do exactly that.
“Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;” Leviticus 10:9,10 (KJV)
Thanks for lowering the bar, Peyton. The Laodicean Church appreciates your diligent efforts. The last quarterback Denver had was sure a whole lot different than this.