Skip to comments.The Masters: A Bubba With a Passion for the Gospel and Golf
Posted on 04/18/2014 9:08:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The Story: On Sunday Bubba Watson, one of the most untraditional golfers on the PGA Tour, was the winner of the 2014 Masters Tournament. But golf isn't Watson's top priority. What he considers most important can be gleaned from the description on his Twitter account, @bubbawatson ("Christian. Husband. Daddy. Pro Golfer.") and his website, BubbaWatson.com ("Loves Jesus and loves sharing his faith").
The Background: In an interview with Trevor Freeze of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Watson tells how he uses his Twitter account—along with his PGA platform—to share about his faith in Christ.
"For me, it's just showing the Light," said Watson. "There's people who want to put down Christians. I try to tell them Jesus loves you. It's just a way to be strong in my faith."
After his first Master's win in 2012 Watson's Tweeted: "The most important thing in my life? Answer after I golf 18 holes with @JustinRose99. #Godisgood." Later that day he posted on his account, "Most important things in my life- 1. God 2. Wife 3. Family 4. Helping others 5. Golf"
"Lecrae said it the best," Watson said of the Christian rapper he listens to on his iPod. "He doesn't want to be a celebrity. He doesn't want to be a superstar. He just wants to be the middle man for you to see God through him."
Why It Matters: Christians have always been involved in professional sports, so why is the faith of superstars like Watson suddenly worthy of the public's attention? Because athletes like Watson show that it's still possible for athletes to be open and unapologetic about their willingness to share the Gospel. Also, Watson may be one of the best in his sport but he understands the importance of keeping his priorities in order, winsomely admitting that their life's callings are secondary to serving the Creator who has called them. To a culture that is both obsessed and disillusioned with fame and fortune, this centered perspective provides a refreshingly countercultural witness.
He’s my favorite on the tour. Fine Christian, husband, and father.
Good for Bubba. He’s got his priorities straight.
Maybe it wasn’t all about Waffle House after all?
Ruh Ruh .don’t let that Freedom From Religion Foundation group - the one that’s filed a complaint against Clemson - find out about this!!
Angie played briefly in the WNBA, if I understand correctly. She’s still in-shape, too. Did you notice the shoulders on her when she was hugging Bubba on Sunday?
Thanks for posting this!
And to think he lives in Tiger Woods old house in Orlando.
Although it was extensively renovated...