Wednesday, January 13, 2010

McGuire Comes Clean, or did de?

I have been thinking about an article that I read on Fox News monday evening. The story is entitled "Mark McGwire Admits Using Steroids". There is a part in this news article that says the following:

McGwire's decision to admit using steroids was prompted by his decision to become hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, his final big league team. Tony La Russa, McGwire's manager in Oakland and St. Louis, has been among McGwire's biggest supporters and thinks returning to the field can restore the former slugger's reputation.

I don't know if anyone else has an issue with this subject but I do. First, is the only thing that can restore the former slugger's reputation is returing him to the field? The answer to that question is no. I believe that returing him to the field is a way of saying that it is ok and there are no relating consequences to the crime. I think it would be like saying a bank robber would be best redeemed by making him the bank president. Why would we make a person who could not seem to control steroid use a batting manager to those who want to break his record. It does not make much sense to me.

The only way that anyone's reputation can be restored is through a changed life. The Bible tells us to be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). This is so that we can prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. There has to be a change of heart which results in a change of actions. Saul of Tarsus after ancountering Jesus on the road to Damascus began to lead a changed life, however, people did not immediately believe it until they saw his actions.

Has there been a changed life in McGuire, or, is this the wrong action for the Cardinals? I guess it really depends if there has been a changed life.

In Christ,
Doug Johnson

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