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Lance Armstrong, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Manti Te’O and You and Me!

January 18, 2013

It’s amazing to see before our eyes all of these ‘heroes’ at one time being stripped of their glory. I know they shouldn’t have been put up on a pedastal by us, but face it, they were. Now as some of them admit to their mistakes we watch in sad disbelief wondering what their motivation could have been. We may even think now that we are better than them. That is a dangerous trick to play on yourself.

Romans 3 is clear, and most believers can quote verse 23. We have ALL sinned and fall short of the glory of God! See, these men I mentioned earlier have been stripped of their glory. We are taught throughout our lives to try and gain acceptance and to be the best we can be. The fact of the matter is we are no different than those we see falling. Romans 3:28 says “a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” We can think we’re good, but we’ll never be good enough. Perfection can not be attained, it must be received! It is a gift from God, but we must realize we have to take it – we can not earn it!

These humiliating falls leave us lessons to be learned. One of those lessons is to quit making men our heroes. I pick on athletes in this post, but it could be anyone, even preachers fall. A huge lesson to me is don’t do things for my own glory. When my motives are pure and I am giving the glory to God His reward far outweighs any momentary praise others may give me. Finally I’d say, don’t be so quick to judge the fallen. You and I, we’re no better. We may not have committed the same crime or offense, but we’re just as guilty. The next time you’re thinking “how could they do that” remember our righteousness are like filthy rags in God’s sight. Apart from Christ, we are no different than anyone who’s fallen in His eyes. He provided the way. It’s not too late, accept the free gift today!

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