Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. (Romans 6:12 ESV)
Sin is tenacious. Sin is powerful. Sin is persistent. Sin is dominant. Sin is controlling. Sin is devastating. If you doubt the power of sin, consider Josh Gordon’s story:
Josh Gordon is a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. He is 23 years old and his annual salary is $1.3 million. He was suspended for ten games of the 2014 season because he could not say no to marijuana. A failed drug test sealed his fate. Now his playing ability for 2015 is in jeopardy. He has tested positive for alcohol. Gordon has opportunities that any athlete would only dream about…yet he is rocked by the reality that he can’t resist the temptation of drugs and alcohol.
Sin is controlling. Sin is not content as a guest in the throne room of your life. Sin will insist on being king on the very throne of your heart–sin will reign. And once sin reigns, it will call the shots, choose your course, determine your destination.
The Cleveland Browns are dealing with another potential rising star who’s mesmerized with sin. Consider this post today on nbcsports.com.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine just said that he has to approach this offseason as if he’s looking for a starting quarterback, saying “it’s probably accurate” to think that’s the team’s approach.
Pettine said he visited Manziel in rehab last week, and that “he has our full support.”
“He’s in a much better place now than before he went in,” Pettine said. “We’re proud of him. . . .
“We had the same information everyone else in the League had. It turns out to be a deeper-rooted thing that we thought.”
The support for their quarterback at a human level is impressive. But the lack of support from a football standpoint is telling.
Johnny Manziel’s bout with alcohol has gotten the best of him. He might just lose his career over it.
Don’t underestimate the power of sin.