Ted Lasso

Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.                       I Peter 3:9

For those of you who are fans of the hit show Ted Lasso, I rejoice with you about the return of this show in season three. I understand that this will be the last season for the show, and that is kind of sad. For those who are not Ted Lasso fans, I urge you to check out the show. In contemporary culture, sometimes we find excellent models of Biblical principles. When we do, we should celebrate them.

Ted Lasso, the main character of the show, is a hopelessly optimistic man who simply wants to affirm others and find the joy in life. In several instances, Ted has been reviled by an opponent, even one who had been close to him. Indeed, the man who turned against Ted is the man that Ted brought to relevance out of obscurity. Yet, Ted Lasso refused to return insults and venom for the pain this man gave to Ted.

It reminded me of the text in I Peter 3:9 cited above. How often does that happen in our often-mean-spirited culture? Yeah, not very often. So, let’s take a lesson from Ted Lasso. We remember that we often return good for good and evil for evil. Satan returns evil for good.

We are called to do the opposite.

Prayer: Lord, help us to do the things that do not come naturally to us in order to honor you, Amen

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