Monday, September 7, 2015

Devotion 9.8.15

You have either heard about it or seen it by now. If not, you are in for a treat.  It seems that two high school football players in Texas targeted an official for calls that cost their team two players earlier.  So, it seems as though, according to the video and subsequent ejections, that these two decided to take matters into their own hands.

Watch here if you haven't seen it on the ESPN website

My good friend back in Galena Park was the head football coach of the 6A North Shore Mustangs.  After losing an area playoff game two years ago (they won state in 2005 I believe), a dad decided he didn't care for David's play calling, specifically that his son wasn't played as much as he thought he should be, so he caught the coach and punched him several times before being stopped, cuffed, and charged with assault.

Sports, designed to teach the student athlete lessons about life, seems to not always do that.  What will come of these two players?  I don't know, but I'm not out of administration that far, and have been around these kinds of events, to know that they will have a hearing (very soon) while the district decides what to do on its end.  If charges are filed for assault, then the district will decide if the players are to be suspended while the legal system deals with them on its end.  The players have rights, and the district has to handle this in a manner fitting of those rights.  The official has rights as well, and he may exercise civil litigation against the two players and their families.  While I doubt it happens, it is possible they play again this year if the legal system rules it wasn't assault or while they wait for a finding of guilt or innocence (much like the young man here on the South Plains who played football and basketball while awaiting his verdict in a murder case).

Interestingly enough, observers talk about the players and their future in the game.  Future in the game?  Excuse me?  They just assaulted an official (allegedly), and you are worried about their future in football?

How did we get to this point in society?  In truth, we've always been this way, and it is hard for us to handle cold hard truth, especially when it is close to home.  Truth is relative in a sin-filled world, and even though we may say it is clearly black and white, the truth is we treat it as such when it involves us or a loved one.

Christ's own disciples struggled with truth.  In John 6, Christ talks about being the living bread (flesh) and wine (blood) who provides eternal life.  "Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." (v 54)  Some disciples respond by saying, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" (v 60), and we later learn, "After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.  So, Jesus said to the Twelve, 'Do you want to go away as well?' Simon Peter answered him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.'" (v 66 and 67)

We struggle with the truth spoken in Matthew 7, "For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." (v 14)

Pray that Christ helps us to see the truth and to speak that truth in love to others.  Pray that others see that truth and are moved by the Spirit to be in the grace and mercy that comes through faith given by God through his Spirit from his Son Jesus Christ.

Hope Men's Ministry

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