Sunday, February 27, 2011
The TRUE Ultimate Merger
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is one of the most beloved sources of live entertainment in America. Each year, club owners come together prior to the season to decide what new talent will be signed for the upcoming season. After deliberations, they offer future stars a generous amount of money to become they franchise player. If the player chooses to accept and sign the contract, he is owned by that club. However, mid-way through the season, if the general manager decides to give up on his property, he can ship him off for the next player in line.
On November 23, 2011, the NBA conducted their annual trading day. One of the most anticipated trades involved Denver Nuggets own, Carmelo Anthony. Although he was listed as a free agent on the 2011 list, Anthony was traded to the Knicks. In class, we dialoged about whether a Christian can be possessed or oppressed by the devil or demonic spirits. According to Neil Anderson, author of The Bondage Breaker, he believes that being controlled (oppressed) by demons is real. However, in his writings he reminds us that God paid the ultimate price by sending His only son to die on the cross for our sins. Due to Jesus’s death, we are ALL rightfully own by Him. Therefore, it is impossible for a child of God to be possessed by anyone besides their owner; simply because possession indicates ownership.
Could Carmelo Anthony have been trade against his will? That is possible. It is possible to be oppressed by evil spirits? Absolutely. As a Christian, I believe in spirits. The spirit of God that dwells inside of us is just as real as evil spirits that try to control us; real, but not true. Essential keys to keep in mind are the bold words aforementioned. In order for a demon spirit to possess an individual, he must choose to believe a lie such as self-inadequacy. Once they accept, they are simultaneously signing the rights over to that demonic force. However, one must remember that God will never give up on you, which means he will never give up his ownership for you to be traded.