No Offseason…This means you too college football!
Filled with judgment lapses, cheating, lies, and multiple scandals, this past college football offseason has witnessed the most ethically pilfered and morally contorted training period in recent history. So much so that college administrators recently met to address the problems, cleanup the shrapnel, and additionally attempt to condense the 400+ page NCAA rulebook.
Now I’ll be the first to admit that the rulebook should be shortened and contain less trivial recruiting specifics, but nonetheless, regardless if you agree or disagree with the stated rules—whether it is speed limits, school policies, or home curfews—a rule is a rule. A standard is set, and in turn it must be upheld.
Though everyone else may openly be taking “hundred-dollar-handshakes,” telling “white lies,” or walking in “grey areas,” things are still ultimately black or white; ethical or unethical; moral or immoral; wrong or right.
Scripture warns Christians to, “…Be prepared in season and out of season…”* And to, “…Live an exemplary life…so that your actions will refute…prejudices…”**
No amount of money, grade, popularity or promotion is worth forfeiting and flawing one’s character for. Raise the standard. Realize there is no offseason in moral conduct. May we, when the day is over, be able to honestly look in the mirror fully knowing that through solely depending on God and His grace, every facet of our lives was lived above reproach.
*2 Timothy 4:2 NLT
**1 Peter 2:12 MSG
30. August 2011 16:20