Colton Satterfield seemingly had it all. He was a professional BMX athlete sponsored by Monster Energy.
He has a gold medal from the 2014 X Games and another from the 2015 X Games. He is known around the world for his skill as a BMX biker.
A big sponsorship, gold medals, talent, and fame meant nothing compared to Satterfield’s faith, though. We’ve all seen public figures shy away from being vocal about their faith.
Often, that silence or purposeful avoidance of being open about one’s faith is to maintain approval and not risk offence in any way. Satterfield decided that he wouldn’t remain silent.
He posted on Instagram on Nov. 12, “God is actually real, Christ actually lives, and there is one entirely true Church with the entire fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ restored by Him. A knowledge and gift and truth so glorious that it should be consistently shouted and shared.”
Satterfield’s beliefs described above influenced how he viewed his sponsorship with Monster Energy. He decided to drop them as a sponsor.
Monster Energy’s edgy logos and marketing no longer could be supported by the gold medalist because of “personal religious reasons,” according to his statement posted by Vital BMX. He explained that this decision was not made lightly.
He was willing to give up the financial gain and other benefits that came from Monster Energy as a sponsor. He also realizes that much of the world will not understand his decision.
“I can imagine some non religious people thinking this is wild or crazy, and not that long ago I would have been one of those people… But I had a strait up real and wildly profound experience that shockingly confirmed serious religious truth to me,” Satterfield wrote in a followup statement.
I can imagine some non religious people thinking this is wild or crazy, and not that long ago I would have been one of those people. Previously I had been a far too logical person in life to go deeply into religion, and still am that logical minded person. But I had a strait up real and wildly profound experience that shockingly confirmed serious religious truth to me. I had always been one to learn as much as I can. This experience was at the end of a knowledge or a deep world wisdom, most don’t find, that seemingly discounted it; then that ‘wisdom’ was confounded as the bible describes and had my eyes opened in a real profound way. Some perceived ‘wisdom’ of the world is certainly a stumbling block that ensnares if one is not careful. There is an actual dark side of things that deceives. Most who find this ‘knowledge’, sit in their pride of having it and don’t actually step back and analyze it and can be pulled down into darkness; those who analyze it fully,are already, or then become Christians. My experience was profound. Whole countries don’t allow missionaries or other religions because their leaders trust this false or highly partial wisdom so hard. It is also wild to later read prophets of old, like Paul and many many others, who were wise dudes that essentially described every step of this knowledge that leads ‘wise men’ away and then describes each step up to the confounding and true light for those who seek. These were real, and actual very wise dudes of old. So for me, I do my best to walk uprightly before a very real and good God and with some of their marketing and logos it just wasn’t something I could keep supporting. God is very real, Christ in actual reality lives. That’s from a dude who has to logically understand things all the way around. Christianity is actually totally real. I was furthermore blown away to see the LDS religion understands literally everything in a very clear way, I know them to have the entire fullness of the gospel of Christ. It is His church. Something not long ago I would have sadly discounted. But it is in actual reality true. God can show you this far better and more profound than ever logically getting it.
He has boldly proclaimed on his Facebook page, “Christ and God are real, and that’s why you’re here.” Tim Tebow is another athlete known for his religious identity, Christianity specifically.
Tebow recognizes what his true purpose is here, and he knows it isn’t sports. He doesn’t want to be known as a football player or baseball player; he wants to be known for so much more.
“I want to be someone that was known for bringing faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need,” said Tebow. He feels that it is his calling as a Christian to help in any way he can.
Contrary to how it sounds, Tebow is incredibly grateful for his opportunity to play sports professionally. He is especially thankful for the platform that being a professional athlete has given him.
“I am so grateful for sports because it’s given me a platform to be able to share love and care for people all over the world, so I wouldn’t trade that for anything,” said Tebow.
Tim Tebow is one celebrity that should be admired. He has stuck to his beliefs and made an effort to help those in need.
Satterfield’s willingness to publicly share his beliefs and drop a major sponsor because of his personal convictions is also admirable. The athletic talent these two men have is impressive, but their uncompromising dedication to their faith says even more.
Correction, Feb. 15, 2019: The title of this story was updated from ‘Gold Medalist Drops Major Sponsor Because of Christian Beliefs’ to ‘Gold Medalist Drops Major Sponsor Because of Religious Beliefs’ on March 24, 2018. A notation was not made as a correction at that time. We apologize for any confusion.
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