One Bad Apple

Bad Apple

“One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.”

A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees) and 12 other MLB players were suspended for use and/or possession of performance enhancing substances.  Biblically speaking, it’s like Nadab and Abihu using strange fire (Leviticus 10); it’s like King Saul acting like a priest and sacrificing sheep and goats on the altar when he was told by the Prophet Samuel not to (1 Samuel 15: 17-23);  is like Ananias and Sapphria (Acts 5:1-10) telling Peter and the other Apostles that they sold a piece of land for “Y” whey they really sold it for “X” (an amount less than “Y”); it’s like Peter refusing to eat with Gentiles (Galatians 2); it’s like the sons of Sceva trying to cast out demons with their own strength without the power of God (Acts 19:11-20). Like Mom said, wrong is wrong is wrong; it doesn’t matter who it is; wrong is still wrong, whether we fess up to it or not.

Lest we’re too harsh on these players, we should first think of ourselves.  The Biblical admonition is clear:  “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12, KJV). We all must come clean. Doing what you’re’ not supposed to do and then saying you didn’t do it is not cool.  We are to shun the very appearance of evil.  And unfortunately, once again, A-Rod and the rest of Baseball are in the middle of a steroid mess that has tarnished the game, and some good names, for years to come.   

The rest of baseball and the rest of us need to take heed to this; it’s not just another, it’s “yet another” cautionary tale of what not to do.  

What do you think?

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One thought on “One Bad Apple

  1. I believe the issue with sports as with life itself is that some get caught but all are sinners and come short of the glory of God. The wonderful thing about Jesus is that he not only came to this earth to die for our sins but that also grace and truth came with Him. So as with A Rod, “speaking as a life long NY Yankee fan”, we need to call sin what it is because we tell the Truth. However, we need to offer the grace extended as a result of the finished work of Christ. Or, as pastor Hunter pointed out, we need to take heed, because we are all capable of the very same thing. Sin! Thank God for Jesus Christ!

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