Has Michael Vick Really Found Jesus?

Michael Vick StatementVick mentioned in his press conference today that he has gone to Jesus for forgiveness, that it seems to be the right thing to do as of right now.

So how do you react to that?

Most of us Christians probably don’t believe him. In fact, I assume everybody, Christian or non, doesn’t believe him. It seems a little too convenient. A little too contrived. A little too well-timed.

But here’s the question: why should be shocked that someone turns to God when they’ve hit rock-bottom?

  • The Apostle Paul did it heading down Damascus road.
  • Jacob did it and ended up wrestling with the angel (or some thing Jesus himself).
  • Moses was a murderer and living an almost pointless life out in the desert.
  • Peter had been exposed to Christ more than anyone and ended up selling him out and completely denying that he ever knew him.

Time and time again, people find God when they have nothing else. Is it convenient? Is it well-timed? Well, yeah. But that’s not always the motivation. When it’s real, it’s usually more motivated by realizing we are at the end of what we’re capable of, and we need someone else to get us out of the mess we’re in.

The thing that will really rack your brain is to consider that God actually ordains situations to get us to this point, knowing that, otherwise, it will never happen. He loves us so much that he’ll guide us through temporary pains so we can come out looking to Him rather than to ourselves.

And the fringe benefits of being in the midst of His love are nothing less than abundant life now and eternal life with Him.

I don’t know if Vick is the real deal or not. Unfortunately, we’ve seen too many athletes “play the Jesus card” and it’s jaded us. What I do know is that it’s not out of the question to find Jesus in the valley. In fact, it’s much more like the norm than the exception.

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12 responses to “Has Michael Vick Really Found Jesus?

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  2. I found Jesus playing baseball in a friends back yard in 1985. It’s a steady climb, and really, you sit on his shoulders – He does the climbing. SO who knows. It’s a shame that people will throw that down as proof that their life has changed. But then again, I’m glad that people look at Christians as different enough to still throw down that card…

  3. God does ordain these situations and maybe this is Vick’s time. I pray that it is genuine for God will not be mocked.

  4. It never ceases to amaze me how everyone always seems to find God (didn’t know He was lost), Jesus, or some religion’s higher power once they have been caught. I can’t really tell if Vick was sincere or was just citing what I call the basic scripted statement. Only time will tell.

    I do have a problem with award shows and interviews after a sports game when they thank God. It isn’t so much the fact of their thanking God but it is almost as if they are giving God the credit for winning the award or the football game, tennis match, etc. I just don’t believe that He is sitting there arranging for those outcomes.

    Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m a religious person I just believe there are circumstances that to me it seems irrelevant.

  5. i had a dog name jesus, he ran away…..or did michael vick steal him and use him to fight?

    http://www.drunkenpanda.com

  6. I wish what he was saying was true, but frankly I don’t believe any of it is. I think he got caught. PERIOD.

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. However…

    I watched Vick’s public apology with my little son who USED TO wear Michael Vick jerseys to school. It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick’s “enlightenment” carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Dogfighting pits one dog against another until one of them dies. The survivor gets his flesh torn off, ears ripped off, eyes pulled out, etc., and the reward for being “a winner” is to writhe in pain until the next fight. Enough said. The pictures make my flesh crawl. The losers are tortured, beaten, starved, electrocuted or drowned. For what? Because these poor creatures were unlucky enough to be born a dog!

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk
    Founder, http://www.AnimalChaplains.com

  7. Man is to rule over the animals. Michael Vick is the victim here. Maybe Rev. Nancy Cronk and Michael Vick will both be reincarnated as pit bulls, and be able to settle this inside the ring?

  8. Well, Vick obviously is a scumbag, and what he did was wrong, but I think miss Cronk went a little overboard when she said about dogs, “They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.” I guess, based on that statement, somebody who ran Bad Newz Day Carez, and had child fights would be no worse or no better that the dog fighter.

  9. OK, lots to cover here.

    First, FlaGranny2, I see your point on thanking God for a victory in sports. Maybe the other way to look at it is to be grateful to God for showering you with an earthly pleasure (winning) and a sense of accomplishment. You’re probably right about God not caring about the actual outcome, but he is concerned with the relationships. The funny thing is He could very well be teaching someone else a lesson in humility or perseverance via the loss of the game as he blesses someone else at the same time.

    In defense of the Animal Chaplain, I didn’t read what she said the way CWD and few4th has. I agree with most of what she says. Man may be made to rule over the animals, and I certainly don’t see murder of a human and the killing of a dog, but I do think they both indicate a depraved state. Think of the movie Gladiator, and how the violence and death of humans was the ultimate entertainment, but none of us saw that movie wishing that we had a Gladiator sport in today’s culture. If anything, it showed the chink in the armor of the Roman empire.

    So, there are two ways to think about this, in my mind: 1) if you introduced me to a criminal guilty of murder of a human, and a criminal guilty of dogfighting (and even the killing of a dog), I would automatically think of the murderer as worse. Can’t help that. 2) At the same time, both are guilty of a crime, both should be punished appropriately, both are depraved people with serious issues, and both have sinned.

    CWD – I’d like to assume you’re just stirring the pot saying that Vick is the victim here. If not, you gotta explain yourself.

  10. I agree…the mindset that says I need to be good and respectable and in a “good place” to come to Jesus is insane. He came to seek and to save that which was lost…so do the circumstances really matter at all if the lost one if found?

  11. Please delete Nancy’s comment. it’s just spam being put on every blog. Same story over and over again.

    Nancy if you want to bring awareness to your company then at least write a different reaction to each blog post. I just deleted both of your comments off of my blog because of it…

    She wrote the exact same thing on my blog…twice.

  12. Well, it may be a copy and paste job, but at least it’s relevant, Sinbad.

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