Vance Havner said one time, “what’s down in the well comes up in the bucket.” The well of man’s depravity just keeps on sending up buckets of unbelievable grime, and sometimes the stench is just overwhelming.
When Tony Dungy the former coach for the Indianapolis Colts recently said something that should have been said along time ago, the ugly beast of man’s wicked nature roared with disdain at his call for moral integrity.
Rex Ryan, who is the coach of the New York Jets, recently enjoyed a moment of glory by spilling out for a cable tv channel, some of the vilest language known to man. Apparently he did so with some degree of enjoyment. When asked about this particular event, Tony Dungy, said what should have been said; he said he “wouldn’t hire a guy like that.” When Tony explained his position, disdain for his comments began to flow like water from a hydrant.
That reaction was not much different from the reaction many people had to a Super Bowl commercial last January featuring Tim and Pam Tebow. Tim of course needs no introduction. Pam Tebow, Tim’s mother, was encouraged during a severe illness that she had during her pregnancy with Tim to abort him. Obviously she chose life, rather than murder.
Tebow and Dungy, are both wonderfully outspoken Christians who love the Lord, and strive for excellence in all that they do.
That being said, both of them have become, and will continue to be targets of the enemy who will come after them full speed ahead seeking to destroy their testimonies, and defy their convictions. While there are other Christians in the ranks of professional sports, it seems that these two draw the most ire, concerning their positions and stands. It may be because their on field successes have elevated them to national prominence. The truth is, that these men stand in need of continual prayer. They are trying to publicly stand for that which is right, in a world that revels in that which is wrong.
Now that being said, the sad fact here is that the righteousness of Jesus in them, demonstrates the blindness of the sin in the lives of those around them. Take for instance the statement made by Rex Ryan, “I may cuss, but I am still a good person.” All that statement really does is demonstrate the spiritual blindness, and moral ignorance of a man clearly not in tune with God. Christians understand that the Bible says, “there is none good, no not one.”
Now why all of the angst against those who wish to stand for righteousness? Jesus answered that question for us. In John 15:18-21, He said; “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. ”
There are two things that for sure we can always count on. 1.) The world hates moral and spiritual righteousness. 2.) The world loves moral and spiritual failures. They hate to see Christians flourish, and they love to see Christians perish.
Take for instance the recent controversies surrounding Dr. Ergun Caner. While I could not present a satisfactory defense of him against his critics, I would not want him removed from the planet. He did sin, and He did say things that were not true. He has admitted (to a certain degree) his wrong doing, been demoted from his position, and there are still those who seemingly want him erased from memory. There are those people who will never, ever, let go of his sins, and will always use them as weapons against him for the rest of his life. Then there are those who will accept his current demotion as penalty, his deletion from some speaking engagements, let go of the past, and give him grace to serve again.
But you watch and see. One of the things that will happen is that those who don’t “restore” him, will get angry and critical of those “who do.” The discrepancy and the argument will be over the “degree” of Dr. Caner’s admission. Some will say he didn’t admit to being guilty of their description of his crimes. Others will say that he admitted to his description of the crimes. Some will say he went far enough, others will say he did not. Either way for some the past will always be the present. At least until someone else fails.
Without question, Tim Tebow needs our prayers. Colorado is a very liberal state, and sooner or later he is going to run smack dab into the wall of liberal hatred, and evil temptations. He is a fine young man who has been blessed by the Lord, and we trust that God will continue to protect him and use him in a mighty way.
Tony Dungy is a statesman for the kingdom. He is an ambassador for Christ and he needs our prayers and encouragements.
A friend told me once that a skunk doesn’t know that he stinks. The world does not understand true wickedness. They do not fathom the concept of their crimes against God. They often think that because they do not hurt other men, then there has been no sin.
What I would say to Rex Ryan, and those like him is this. Take a good look at the Ten Commandments. Get them in your mind, focus on them with your heart, and then realize that God doesn’t grade men from the bottom up. He starts at the top and works His way down. Just understanding that one simple fact alone can be an eye opening, life altering, change worth making.