God is Not like Major League Baseball

Post date: Sep 4, 2013 1:13:44 PM

I had been waiting for weeks to hear the ruling. Will it happen? How bad will it be? Around lunchtime I looked at my phone and read the headline: “Nelson Cruz Suspended.”

Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz accepted a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball and admitted that he made an "error in judgment." Cruz was among 13 players disciplined on August 5 for their relationship to Biogenesis of Am

erica, a clinic in Florida accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes.

Cruz, and others, made errors in judgment. They broke the rules. They cheated. They lied. They got caught. And now they must pay the penalty for their mistakes. As a fan of the Texas Rangers, it pains me to see Cruz not suited up and ready to play in right field. Yet, he must pay the penalty. For 50 games he will not receive a paycheck. He will not suit up. He will not arrive early to the ballpark for batting practice. He will not run onto the field to the cheers of fans. Nor should he.

I was reading the Scriptures this morning and thought to myself: I’m sure glad God is not like Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Bud Selig caught 13 players cheating and ruled that they must sit out. They can’t participate. They can’t be part of the team. You know what? I have never been anywhere near a steroid clinic – but I’ve broken the rules. In fact, we all have. The Scriptures tells us, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Yet, God still lets me participate. God still lets me be part of the team.

We are in the midst of a sermon series titled “It’s time.” The main message of the series is that we must put away the excuses and reasons for procrastination. It’s time to live out the things to which God has called you. It’s time. Right now. No excuses. No procrastination. Yes, you have made mistakes. Yes, you have fallen short. But it’s time. The MLB commissioner hands out suspensions. God hands out grace. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (See Romans 5:8). Christ took the punishment in our place.

God does not call you to sit on the sidelines. He calls you to something much greater. I’m blessed to be able to see our congregation come to grips with this reality. I’m blessed to see congregation members grow in faith. I’m blessed to see the fruit that our congregation produces.

If I can ever be any help to you please let know. I pray for you often.


Pastor Jeff Gravens