Okay, I'm trying to get consistent...
I didn’t want to do it this week, and I tried really hard to stay away from it, but I can’t help but comment on the most famous Olympian of our era, and superstar Michael Phelps. If you haven’t heard I just bring you up to speed…
Phelps was at a party, somebody took a picture of him smoking marijuana and now the media, International Olympic Committee, and tons of households around the world are debating the most recent picture of a fallen hero.
So here’s the thing, I’m not going to bash Phelps, I think he’s got enough of that happening. I’m not going to suggest that it’s okay to smoke weed because of “youthfulness” or because of pressure. Who doesn’t have pressure? So we find ourselves in a peculiar spot.
As I think about this story, I find two responses that have been running over and over in my mind this week. First, “Who hasn’t made a mistake?” I mean, how many stupid things have we done that if people saw them captured on a cell phone and ending up on Facebook somewhere wouldn’t question our integrity or character? We need to be careful when or if we start condemning people. That’s what Jesus was getting at when he called out the Pharisees and others when they caught a woman in adultery. (John 8:1-11) Are you ready to cast the first stone?
The second piece of this that fills my mind rests on the amount of stock we put into other people. I’m not suggesting we can’t love, respect and admire others, but in many ways we make them like a “god” with power that goes beyond the realm of human possibility. Where does Jesus fit into this? Are we pouring ourselves into Jesus as much as we pour into Phelps, Obama or the most recent headline?
In order for us to continue to grow and change, and transform the world, we have to be willing to look to Jesus. He will never fail us. He will never be found online in any questionable photo. He will never leave us. He will never sell us out for another bong hit. He will never ask us for more than he’s already given us.
This Jesus is mighty to save and is ready for us to believe in the one who will never fail us.
Speak On It!