The only reason I didn’t immediately dismiss this blog post as satire is that I got the link through one of the OneNewsNow.com e-mail updates I began receiving yesterday at the rate of one every several hours (I don’t recall providing the American Family Association with my e-mail address, but morbid fascination and cheap yuks is keeping me from unsubscribing).
For one thing, the post is dated December 16th, 2008, which is unlikely since the topic is New York Yankees shortstop Alex Rodriguez’ admission that he has used anabolic steroids. Perhaps the post really has been up for two months and represents the first documented instance of a fulfilled prophecy related in some way to Christianity.
Moreover, it’s an unintelligible wreck, and in the kind of way that hints at a capable writer making an extremely hard try to attempt looking, like he is less unintelligent then stupid. See? If I had to pick a favorite it would be “Barry Bonds denies to this day that he never took steroids” or “what I will gleam from the handling of this situation,” but there’s plenty to choose from.
In terms of the topic, the writer suggests that A-Rod’s honesty in the face of “sin” is to be praised, and that people going through their own troubles might model their actions after his.
Alex Rodriguez got busted recently for using steriods. We have all see it in the news, and we will hear and see about it for some time. But did A-Rod do something that Christians should use as an example?
One of the major problems I see in the church today is our lack of openness towards the areas in our life that we may be struggling with. It is a rare case to see someone admit openly to a sin, and then be congratulated for it. In fact, the church today is viewed as a place to go and “appear holy”. We put on our nice clothes and our smiles as we go to church and act like our lives are going great. When in reality statistics show that sin is just as prevailant in the church as it is out of the church. The only diference… outside of the church people can be honest, but in the church we are ridiculed.
The truth is until we can become open with our weaknesses, we can never fully live a Christian life. 1 Corinthians 12:9 tells us that only in our weaknesses can God become strong in our lives. We are a broken and sinful people, and we can not understand God’s grace until realize this, and that makes us strong children of God.
Folks, A-Rod is not the worst person in the world. He was one of over 100 Major Leaguers whose urine showed evidence of banned substances in 2003 in one of pro baseball’s first testing salvos. Until that year, baseball didn’t even have an official steroid policy, although it should be noted that possessing anabolic steroids (classified as controlled substances) without a doctor’s prescription is against the law. Lots of these guys cheat, and they all know it’s endemic. Sports being a multi-bazillion dollar worldwide enterprise, doping versus testing is a classic arms race, with dopers battling other dopers for supremacy in their competitive arenas of choice.
But the fact is that he confessed when he had no alternative except for the looniest of denials. His confession in the wake of repeated and vehement claims that he had never used steroids was the lesser of two significant evils–forge on with a badly tarnished reputation but a comparatively clean slate, or keep lying as documentation of his lies continued piling up and other lying athletes went to trial and, in some cases, to jail. Given the goods the feds have on him, he would basically have to possess a flat-earth mentality in order to prop up his shredded exterior of innocence.
Oddly, the writer acknowledges that Rodriguez admitted using drugs only after this became public knowledge, yet lauds him for “confessing” anyway. In theory, something has to give in the mind of a person simultaneously proposing these things, unless the mind itself has already given. Then, anything is possible.
Of course, I could simply be missing the whole point here. Maybe the writer is claiming that Christian leaders should rise up, admit what the rest of the world already knows (that they’ve been full of shit about a great many things for a long time), and return to discussing and dealing in reality only to the extent that practical and cultural forces compel them to. That I can accept.
Anyway, as a kid who grew up following the Red Sox, I suspect this was actually written not by a Christian but by a typical Yankees fan.