Football commentator and well-known Christian Tony Dungy defended the sinlessness of Christ in a series of tweets last week after CNN’s Don Lemon said Jesus was not perfect.
Lemon made the comment while discussing statues and monuments of the Founding Fathers.
“Jesus Christ, admittedly, was not perfect when He was here on this earth, so why are we deifying the Founders of this country?” Lemon said in a comment that sparked both debate and confusion.
Dungy, though gracious, pushed back on Lemon’s remark in a tweet.
“I’m sorry Mr. Lemon but just who ‘admitted’ that Jesus Christ was not perfect here on earth? Not anyone who believes the Bible,” Dungy wrote. “Not anyone who trusts in Jesus as their savior. I’m not sure the point you’re making but your premise is dead wrong. That was the point in Jesus coming!”
I’m sorry Mr Lemon but just who “admitted” that Jesus Christ was not perfect here on earth? Not anyone who believes the Bible. Not anyone who trusts in Jesus as their savior. I’m not sure the point you’re making but your premise is dead wrong. That was the point in Jesus coming! https://t.co/KXUS9Z0GLA— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) July 9, 2020
Dungy then defended the doctrine of Christ’s sinlessness in follow-up tweets with those on Twitter.
When one person alleged that “a lot of stuff didn’t make it into the Bible due to human interference and a lot more has been creatively edited,” Dungy responded, “If you don’t agree with that fact that Jesus was sinless on earth then you can throw out the whole Bible because that’s the premise Christianity stands on.”
Dungy added, “Just investigate what Jesus said about himself and make your own decisions. Don’t be influenced by what me or anybody else thinks. Make up your own mind.”
Another person said Lemon’s point was focused on the Founding Fathers and statues, and not Christ. Dungy tweeted, “As I said I don’t even know the point he was trying to make but his original statement is wrong. We can’t let him just throw around wrong information.”
When one person wrote “It’s debateable if [Jesus] even existed,” Dungy retorted, “No debate at all on the existence of Jesus. Just look at your secular history books. Even your time is divided into BC and AD. Was that paying homage to some fictional cartoon character?”
Several people said they agreed with Lemon about Jesus. To them, Dungy tweeted, “Please read the Bible. ‘For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.’ 2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.