Just when you thought it was safe to watch professional football again, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys sign Greg Hardy to a 1 year contract.
We couldn’t be more excited.
We couldn’t be more outraged.
If my facebook newsfeed is any indication, everyone loves @DaleHansen‘s commentary on this incident. “Is there no line you won’t cross? Is there any crime you won’t accept? Is there no behavior you will not tolerate?”
Great questions, Dale. As we approach Easter, here’s my answer:
All of Greg Hardy’s behaviors are included in Jesus’ willingness to give up his life to reconcile humanity with God. While we’re at it, all of your behaviors, and mine too, fit in that list.
Should Greg Hardy be punished for his behaviors? Should you? Should I? We have a criminal justice system to weigh those questions and mete out answers.
Perhaps if we are so opposed to violence, we can find other things to do with our time and money than support the NFL.
Or at least we can admit that we look elsewhere for moral exemplars.
I absolutely believe that professional athletes (like TV sports commentators) do well to consider they are role models whether they like it or not.
As a parent, and especially as a pastor, I am also a role model. Whether I like it or not.
One of the roles I must model is that of forgiveness. I have no business talking about a savior who offers not only forgiveness but transformation if I don’t model the same.
A long time ago, someone wisely wrote “Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 2)
BTW, Greg, if you read this, I apologize for the title. To be clear, I fully believe Jesus loves you. I apologize for the way we are treating you.