This past weekend marked the beginning of yet another NFL football season. To many American men, the next 18 weeks are the best 18 weeks of the year. We here at the DoA proudly count ourselves amongst that group. Rev. Litrell Reeding, on the other hand, is not one of those men. It’s not that he hates football. Not at all. As a matter of fact, he’s a huge fan of the Fightin’ Irish of Notre Dame…and college football in general. It’s the NFL that he has a problem with. Describing his feelings as a “problem” may be seriously understating the way he feels about the NFL. I’ll get to that in a minute. What is it exactly that makes him hate the NFL so much? Is it the prima donna attitude displayed by many of the NFL’s biggest stars? Nope. Could it be the over-the-top celebrations on even the most routine of plays that he takes exception with? Nah. Maybe the ludicrous contracts that NFL players sign and then complain about two years into a six year deal? Nope. Is it the pro game in general that he has a problem with? Not at all. His problem with the NFL has its roots in something that predates football by about 1,900 years…the Bible.
Rev. Litrell Reeding, founder of The Baptist Church Of God’s Catholic Children Of Latter Day Presbyterian Apostles Of Jesus’ Protestant Disciples, doesn’t hate the NFL…he simply believes all NFL players, owners, stadium workers, etc…should be put to death. “Six days shall work be done,” he said, “but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.” For those of you that aren’t well-versed in the bible and jokingly refer to football as your church and your ginormous LCD television as your altar, that quote can be found in Exodus 35:2. When asked to explain his stance, Rev. Reeding said, “Like I said, I don’t hate football. Quite the contrary, I like football. However, I am a servant of God and Exodus 35:2 specifically states that whoever works on the Sabbath shall be put to death. Plain and simple.”
When asked if he thinks that he may be taking things to an extreme, he simply says, “No.” His position is a simple one, if it’s in the Bible, it’s in there for a reason. NFL fans however have not taken kindly to his message. Last football season, Rev. Reeding and his congregation of 37 followers held protests each Sunday outside of EverBank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, where they were routinely met with boos…and worse. “I had all sorts of things thrown at me last year. Cups, bottles, cans, balls…one guy even tried to stab a member of my congregation with a skewer from a shish-ka-bob,” Rev. Reeding responded when asked to describe the reactions of NFL fans to his group’s protests. The funny thing is that he says this as if he is surprised. I’m not sure why. If you go to a Yankees game wearing a Red Sox hat, you’re likely to take a beating. I could only imagine what would happen if you stood outside calling for the death of every member of the Yankees. I asked Rev. Reeding if his protests could technically be described as work, to which he responded, “Doing God’s work is obviously an exception to the passage in Exodus.” Obviously.
At one point in our conversation, I asked Rev. Litrell Reeding if he thought that perhaps more harm than good could come from taking the Bible, or any book of worship for that matter, too literally, but he did not believe that to be the case. “Absolutely not. It’s the word of God in the Bible. I know that Islam has come under fire lately because the Koran calls for Muslims to kill the infidel. Don’t get me wrong, I hate those Muslim sons of bitches and wish we could nuke the entire Middle East, but I don’t hold it against them that they take the Koran so literally. It’s the word of Mohammed…that lying sack of shit false profit,” he said. If Rev. Reeding comes off as being angry beyond reason, basically, it’s because he is. He’s not one of these new-age, hippy, dippy New Testament preachers who teaches their flock to love thy neighbors and do unto others as you’d have others do unto you. Rather, he’s one of the fire and brimstone, wrathful, vengeful God preachers of the Old Testament.
Throughout our conversation, it becomes ever more clear that this is not some publicity stunt. It also becomes clear that Florida is teeming with nut job religious fanatics who have some serious issues. He literally believes that those who work on the Sabbath should be put to death. Why he has chosen the NFL, nobody can be sure. Thankfully, he has either chosen to ignore large parts of the Bible or hasn’t actually read it in its entirety yet. I say thankfully because I wouldn’t want to imagine what he will try when he discovers that the Bible also calls for bad teenagers and women who commit adultery to be stoned to death. Before NFL fans decide to condemn all of Christianity because of fanatics such as Rev. Litrell Reeding, rest assured that most Christians do not agree with his radical, fundamentalist views. Most modern day Christians realize that the Bible was not meant to be taken literally and that it’ most useful purpose is to serve as a “guide.” Good news for all of us! Good god, have you ever seen how much killing goes on in that book? Good God? Maybe “bad God” would be more appropriate.
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