How Jesus Would View Simone Biles

Negative reactions to Simone Biles withdrawing from the Olympics has much more to do with how messed up values are in our culture than Simone Biles withdrawing. The one question I ask myself is how would Jesus view her?

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Here is a 24 year old woman who has spent the majority of her life training. She has already captured six medals in previous Olympics. But she is also a young woman who is a sexual assault survivor. She was victimized along with other young women by someone teen girls should be able to trust, a team doctor. She had the courage to come forward along with some of the other victims. That kind of trauma stays with a person. She pursued her love of gymnastics even while carrying that trauma in her spirit.

As a Christian, I am mindful of how even Jesus experienced being praised by people and then rejected and scoffed at by some of the same people during his Passion Week when he was crucified. Jesus views Simone Biles the same as he would any woman who has been victimized as Biles was. He views her as a young woman in need of healing for her soul and spirit and in need of his compassion.

That is the only way Christians should view her, as a young woman who has suffered at the hands of not only the man who assaulted her, but also at the hands of those in Team USA who sought to cover it up. She owes us nothing. She deserves compassion, understanding, and respect for having achieved as much as she has while dealing with trauma.

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29 thoughts on “How Jesus Would View Simone Biles

  1. She’s even more admirable as we watch her attitudes from the sidelines. No bitterness, just full support for the USA team and her genuine joy of seeing her teammates gain the medals that could have been hers. A genuine team player.

  2. PTSD (or whatever mental health issue that she has) can be completely debilitating. Instead of condemnation, we need to look on her with love and compassion. And maybe, just maybe the grace that we share will facilitate healing.

  3. So true! I hate people thinking she just had a bad vault and quit. Someone who had trained like she had wouldn’t just quit without real reason and continuing on could potentially be life threatening because she lost her air awareness. She absolutely deserves compassion. She did what was right for her and what was right for the team. They might not even have got silver if she couldn’t perform. Maybe people think oh it’s the olympics and she should have been able to perform just as well regardless but that’s definitely not how sports work. Dropping out was the selfless decision really and she continued to be an excellent cheer leader for her team!

  4. I couldn’t have said it any better myself. I would also guess that by her raising her voice for other survivors too, He’d look at Biles as someone trying to do her best to look out for “the least of these.”

  5. Just read about her. I’m happy she’s taking time for her mental health. We should keep her in our prayers ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

  6. I agree, Matt. None of knows what has been going on in her mind and heart. Who am I to judge her? I am to give her grace and pray for her. I do admire her grit in making this extremely hard decision. God bless her.

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