Michael Vick is in the news again. This time dog fighting has nothing to do with the story. This time complacency and laziness dominate the headlines. Bloggers are taking up the story of how Vick admitted being complacent during his time as the Baltimore Ravens quarterback. There is a part of the story however, that is simply not being reported.
Responses to sin
Whenever anyone admits to sin, there are usually two responses. The first response is one of shock and disgust. The second one – which is less common than the first – is gratefulness for the confession of the individual. Michael Vick admitted to sin – the sin of slothfulness commonly called complacency. Rather than being shocked and disgusted, the Christian community should understand that Michael took a real step of repentance in admitting his sin.
Bloggers are using phrases like “a crime against sports” when they describe what Vick has done. Michael Vick is not a dumb man. He knew dog fighting was wrong and he knows his complacency was wrong. When he admitted atrocities against animals, he knew there would be consequences. In admitting his slothfulness, surely he knows there are consequences.
A long way from dog fighting
The Bible records this regarding confession, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16 NIV) The confession of sin is a fundamental part of spiritual growth. Michael Vick took another step toward spiritual growth when he confessed his slothfulness. This confession is a long way from dog fighting.
Around the tirades concerning Vick, there is aanother story. At a breakfast sponsored by Athletes in Action and Campus Crusade for Christ, Michael Vick shared his testimony. In front of 1,100 people, Vick spoke of his faith for the first time in his adult life. Michael Vick took another step in spiritual growth.
Some people still don’t trust Michael Vick. Trust is found in the fruits of deeds. Michael Vick took a step he could have easily avoided if he wanted to stay incognito. Confessing his sin to the city which supported him was the right thing to do. Michael, you may never read this, but regardless of that, thank you for showing God’s Word to be living and active; sharper than any two-edged sword.