Ben Roethlisberger has just been suspended for 4 games minimum for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. This is a statement from ESPN…”Last month a 20-year-old college student accused Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her in a Georgia nightclub. Last week, prosecutors decided not to charge Roethlisberger in the case.” This however, isn’t the first time charges of this nature have been brought against Big Ben. My initial reaction is… “Man, you’re an idiot. What were you thinking? What’s wrong with you?” Then almost as soon as it leaves my lips I realize that the only thing keeping me from being in his shoes, outside of a few million dollars and God-given talent to play a professional sport, is the grace of God.
Romans 3:10-12 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not even one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
When you look at Tiger Woods, Michael Vick, and Big Ben, Gilbert Arenas (I could go on and on)… it’s easy to see that apart from God we are all just as capable of walking the same path. We might not have affairs with multiple women, fight dogs, or ever sexually assault someone else, but the indwelling sinful nature we are born with will manifest itself in one way or another without the work of Jesus in our life.
Thank goodness for grace. Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
Father, I pray that you would save many, calling them out of darkness and into Your marvellous light.