Character Still Counts
February 16, 2008, 12:45 am
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2 Timothy 2:5 “An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.”

Why is Congress so involved with sports these days? Because of sin.
This morning, I read on the internet that Bill Belichick had apparently been illegally videotaping opponents’ defensive signals since he became coach of the New England Patriots in 2000. Since 2000, by the way, the Patriots have won 3 Superbowls. Congress is getting involved with the investigation.

Last night on ESPN, I watched as Roger Clemens, one of the all-time greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball stood before members of Congress with respect to his alleged use of steroids and human growth hormones (HGH) — performance enhancing drugs that are not only against the rules in sports, but are also illegal.

Yesterday, on sports radio, I also heard that Kelvin Sampson, men’s basketball coach at University of Indiana, committed further recruiting violations, despite already having being on probation for previous recruiting violations. In the midst of these allegations, he was get Eric Gordon, one of the premiere freshmen in the nation, to come to Indiana even after Gordon had already made a verbal commitment to the University of Illinois. Congress isn’t involved, but this is just another example of people “doing whatever it takes” to get ahead.

Even older stories in the news include Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, and Floyd Landis…and the list goes on and on.

Now, we are still awaiting the final verdicts in most of these cases, but if proven guilty, all of these people will have lost so much more than they had gained through cheating (Marion Jones has already been stripped of her 5 Olympic medals and every international award she won after September 2000…Floyd Landis was also stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory).

One thing I am reminded of is that God’s bottom line is not just results (some may say fruit), but also obedience. As I like to think about it with respect to church, ministry, and life : not only are we called to have Gospel-centered goals, but we are to achieve those goals through Gospel-centered means (truth & love).  God help me to be faithful first and trust Him to make me fruitful.


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