by William Wyne

The Ingredients of a Fruitful Church
William Wyne
Acts 2:41a, 44-47

Acts 2: 41a, Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.44-47 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin had every reason as teammates to be friends (they both played for the Miami Dolphins NFL Football team), but they were not. Incognito harassed and bullied Martin in a very intimidating and threatening way. He called him a racial slur in a voicemail that was played by every media outlet in the country. He threatened to kill him and his family; he said hurtful and harmful things to him and about him. When all of this broke out, Incognito claimed all of this was just locker room talk. He said, ''It’s the way the guys talk to one another in the NFL.''

Apparently, Martin did not get that memo that was not in the NFL manual. Martin left his lucrative job citing emotional issues and fearing for his life. Though we don’t know all the details, it appears as if Martin has some culpability, as well. He was far too passive in dealing with Incognito’s threatening behavior. As a teammate, it appears, he should have expressed to someone how troubling Incognito’s treatment was to him; it appears that he should have gone to someone and voiced his issues in a way that would have caused this to be addressed.
These two men had many more reasons to get along than to have a toxic relationship. Consider all the reasons they had to be friends.

They were both football players.
They were on the same team.
They had the same coach.
Both were offensi ...

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