In a video with the hashtag #BringYourBible, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees appeared to call on America’s students to live out their faith by bringing Bibles to school—an Oct. 3 event sponsored by the Christian organization Focus on the Family.

“Hey guys, Drew Brees here,” Brees says in the video. “One of my favorite verses in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 5:7, ‘For we live by faith, not by sight,’ so I want to encourage you to live out your faith in Bring Your Bible to School Day, and share God’s love with friends. You’re not alone.”

Organizers said it’s legal to bring a Bible to public school and participation in the faith-based event is good as long as it is voluntary and student-led and does not interfere with classes.

“As a student in a public school, you have First Amendment rights to engage in voluntary, free speech conversations in a way that does not interfere with or substantially disrupt classroom time and academic instruction,” the website said.

“That means you can voluntarily express your personal and religious beliefs to your classmates through verbal or written expressions, as long as you follow school policy and do not engage in these activities during classroom or instruction time,” it said.

After the video was published, Brees became the subject of a scathing debate on Twitter. People who have faith said they have “deep respect” and gratitude for the outspoken Christian athlete, while negative comments came mostly from groups that promote abortion or LGBTQ. 

Brees has not commented on the video or the event, but what is prevalent is he has never been shy about the role of faith in his life.

“I live for God, for the faith that I have in Him, and knowing the sacrifices that Jesus Christ made on the cross for me, and just feeling like it’s in God’s hands and all I have to do is just give it my best, commit the rest to Him, and everything else is taken care of. That takes a weight off my shoulders,” he has told CBN News.

Bring Your Bible to School Day has been taking place every year since 2014, moving students to “celebrate religious freedom and share God’s love with their friends.” 

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