Eagles QB Wentz: Jesus 'Greatest Leader of All Time, Whether You Believe in Him or Not'
WASHINGTON – Describing Jesus Christ as the “greatest leader of all time,” Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said problems arise when leaders “lose humility” and let their “pride” get in the way.
Wentz said Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Jr. are often mentioned as prime examples of leadership, and they wanted to make the world a better place rather than achieve fame.
“They all did some amazing things, but they were not out there to get praise and recognition. They just wanted to make the world a better place. They just wanted to make others around them better,” Wentz said during his keynote address at the National Prayer Dinner on Thursday evening. “Let me challenge you and ask you – I’m challenging myself at the same time – do you seek that praise? Do you seek credit? Do you want to be at the top or get that recognition for your position of leadership?”
He quoted Galatians 1:10, which states, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Reacting to the verse, Wentz said, “We’re not here to gain praise from the world around us – some of us from the media. I understand that completely. I know politicians understand it as well. You are not here to gain recognition from people or the media or whatever it might be. It’s actually the opposite.”
Wentz said Jesus is the definition of a serving leader.
“I think the greatest leader of all time, whether you believe in him or not, is Jesus Christ. I don’t think there’s any debating that. This man changed the history of everything. He changed everything. He’s the most impactful man to ever walk the Earth; again, whether you believe in him or not. I don’t think there’s any debating that,” Wentz told the audience.
“He cared for the sick. He cared for the homeless. He cared for the brokenhearted. He walked around healing others. He washed the feet of his disciples and, at the same time, he was the creator of the universe,” he added.
Wentz continued, “He [Jesus] had every right to say, ‘look at me. I’m sitting on my high horse.’ He had every right to say, ‘I created you. I can do whatever I want.’ But he didn’t. He valued others over himself and he put others first to make a difference and he did everything with love and compassion and changed the world.”
Wentz asked the public to imagine what our country, our workplaces, our family and our entire world would look like if every leader took Jesus Christ’s approach and led with love and compassion to “truly just make everyone around them better.”