Footballers’ Lives

The ten o’clock news is usually my little bit of TV for the day – my opportunity to get updated with events national and international. However in a fit of total frustration my daily TV news slot got the “off button” treatment the other week. All we got for seventeen minutes of a thirty-minute programme was football! Not that I have anything against football, in fact I am a life long supporter of the best team in the world and even a paying fan some weeks at Irish League games. But for the majority of the international news, the most important events of the day were deemed to be the darker, seedier side of the “beautiful game.” Outside broadcasters gave us detail upon detail of some suspicious drug test and more of the unfolding saga of the perverse sexual antics of so-called professional footballers.

How sad that all that was deemed newsworthy was such depravity. Surely once more we see the crumbling of a nation and how true the Bible is when it says in Proverbs chapter 14 verse 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people .

But just when I felt a mercurial rise of Pharisaism beginning to well up in me with an out bursting of tut, tut, tuts I remembered what Jesus Christ once said, What comes out of a man is what makes him unclean. For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean . Mark chapter 7 verse 20 – 23. I was brought up with a jolt for the Bible makes it very clear that the seed of every sin is in all our hearts, and perhaps the only reason that some of the rest of us haven’t stooped to such sordidness is that we simply didn’t have the opportunity.

The wonderful life transforming good news of the Bible is that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners and because of His death on the cross, men and women like you and me and footballers can be washed clean from all sin if we will turn from our sin and trust in Jesus Christ alone to make us right with God. In the Bible we are told of the life of one man, David, who wallowed in the gutter of sexual immorality and yet found cleansing from all his sin. You can read of his turning to God in Psalm 51. You may even want to make his prayer your own.

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