Thursday, August 30, 2007

Vick finds Jesus-- at least verbally...

But who knows? That's the problem with the potential gap between stated beliefs and true beliefs-- and thus, the thoughts, words, and deeds that follow.

People have been critical of Vick about this-- and it certainly may be a convenient, useful, and cynical short-term ploy to gain mercy from the court as well as sympathy and forgiveness from the court of public opinion. So, it is appropriate to be skeptical (although not "judgmental" in the true Biblical sense of the term).

But the funny thing is that all Christians come to trust Jesus when they realize that they are completely unworthy of His mercy and grace-- i.e., when they realize that they are Vick-like before the Holy God of the Universe. (And if you think you're not Vick-like to God without being covered by his mercy, then you don't yet understand the Gospel.) Praise to God that although "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

Is Vick a believer? God knows-- and we'll see, more or less. In James 2, Abraham and Rahab are "justified" by their works-- not before God, but before man. We can't be justified with God by what we do and don't do. But we are (potentially) justified in the eyes of others as they see us walk through life. God sees the heart; we only get to see the imperfect proxy of external actions.

In any case, I pray that Vick has or will embrace the mercy and grace of God.


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