Vick 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.