I'm trying to get my students to flesh out how they perceive Jesus as a person based on what they see in our readings or what they believe about what they have heard about the Messiah. This week, I had all of my classes answer this question:
Would Jesus have been a good basketball coach?
Here are some responses.
I don't think Jesus would be a good basketball coach. He wouldn't cut anyone because he would be too nice, and would give everyone a chance. In a game, He would forgive every turnover or foul that his players would cause. He wouldn't shout at the refs for making a bad call, or the players for doing something wrong. He wouldn't care if his team won any games as long as they were playing the game the right way.
I think Jesus would have been a good coach. I think He wouldn't care about winning or losing, but rather try to make His players grow as people through the lessons of teamwork and responsibility. He wouldn't yell at his players or the refs. He would be kind and gentle, unlike some coaches, but if one of His players did something bad, He would hold them accountable. I think He would push His players to excellence, but not to, or past their limit. He would pray with His team, but never only for victory like some people.
In my opinion, Jesus would not have been a good basketball coach. The players would not really have a good feel for Him. He wouldn't really care about winning as much. He would be really laid back. There are some teams who win by the coach yelling at the players, and there are also teams who win with laid back coaches. This would be a different story though because Jesus would be too laid back. I don't think Jesus would be a good coach as far as His team winning games.
I think Jesus would be the best coach there is. He would not just teach His players basketball, but teach them life lessons. I think He would let everybody on the team play because they would all be good at everything they do. I don't think he would ever yell at His team, but simply tell them to keep trying until they get it right. All his players would be perfect, straight A students. They would all play fair and never talk back or complain about the refs calls. Winning or losing would never matter to them, but because of how they're such a well-developed team, they would always win.
I think Jesus would've been a good coach, but an unusual one. He would love all the players, good and bad, but He would maybe treat the believers better than the non-believers. If a student was disrespectful, He'd forgive them. He wouldn't be angry or yell. Although Jesus could, or should, win every game, He wouldn't because using His power to win would be sinning. This would go against everything He stands for. He wouldn't prevent all harm from coming to His players because even the greatest Christians don't have a perfect life. He would try to help the sinners, and treat them with just as much love. In ways, Jesus is a coach. He teaches, leads, and guides. Even though we don't hear Him, we can feel and read His word.
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