Why I love Chad Ochocinco (and what he shows me about God)


I hope that means I’m not overstepping when I say I want ochocinco to be a glimpse of God’s character. Are you familiar with this ochocinco character? I LOVE HIM!

“God must love all of you, he must be proud of himself, he broke the mold with each one of you since none of us are the same. I love you”- Chad Ochocinco

His twitter account cracks me up. He refers to people as grasshopper, kind sir, bruh and so on. He starts a lot of mornings at IHOP and says he matches the total of the bill for a tip. He’s constantly telling people he loves them. When someone tweets anything to the effect of  “I wish I could be friends with ochocinco in real life” he replies assuring them twitter is real life and they are friends. He challenges people to video games. He lived with fans when he first switched to the Patriots. He drives a Prius and readily explains why. He eats cheap and frequents McDonalds. He gives fun advice and tries to hook up his followers with each other.

Someone asked him his religious views on twitter and he said “Well i won’t b 1st n line 2 enter the gates of heaven but i’m going” and then another twitterer asked him who would be first. “Tebow duh” was his response.

So yeah.

I know ochocinco is a human. I know he’s not God anymore than Tebow is Christ. But think about it…

Wouldn’t it be cool if ochocinco was a reflection of God? I’d wanna meet God for pancakes as the rest of the world was waking up. I’d be down for video games and generosity towards waiters and letting everyone know they’re loved and reminding people that no matter what they have in their wallet, they’re not too good to eat at normal restaurants. And does it get more incarnational than moving in with fans?

About SaraBSutter

I serve as the pastor of United Presbyterian Church in Goldfield, Iowa. My husband Steve and I are excited to be in a friendly small town and look forward to the years ahead. In addition to nerdy church stuff, I love reading books, writing, good coffee, cats, and football.

6 responses »

  1. I absolutely love this entry. And I adore a down-to-earth athlete. There’s something so incredibly charming about a gifted person (athlete or otherwise) who doesn’t buy into his own hype and retains a sense of humor about his celebrity and life in general. To be kind, generous, and loving is to be as God, and it’s refreshing to encounter a “star” who has retained his humanity. Also, I heart you and miss you very, very much. ❤

  2. I don’t know much about Chad Ochocinco, though I admit that the fact that he changed his name to his number kind of turned me off. But reading this (I laughed out loud — literally — at his “Tebow duh” comment) makes me want to give him another chance. Which, I guess, also teaches me about God.

  3. I hate to admit that I watched him on “Dancing with the Stars” and while he came across as full of himself, he was also very generous to his dancing partner. I’d never considered following him on Twitter, but I will.

  4. Awesome article!!! I work at IHOP that Chad visits most mornings before heading to the stadium for work. He’s a great guy and very generous. Super, down to Earth. Just wanted to let you know that the guy you read about on twitter is the same guy in person. Great personality , very witty!!

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