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Monday, September 13, 2010

Stripped of Success

College Football season is here! For many households, Saturday cartoons have been replaced by Saturday Game Day broadcasts. “Tailgaters” are tailgating across the country, bands are marching with pride, and avid fans are already making their “picks” for Bowl Season. America watches with admonition as Student Athletes perform at the highest level. However, there is one former Student Athlete, a recent Super Bowl Champion, who isn’t receiving as many accolades. According to the Heisman Trophy Trust (the foundation who administers the Heisman Trophy Award), Reggie Bush, the 2005 star running back for the University of Southern California, will be stripped of the Heisman Trophy by the end of September. Bush will lose the award because he played the entire 2005 season as an ineligible player. It will be the first time in the 75 year history of the Heisman Trophy that any player has been stripped of their success!

The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious award in College Football. Many argue that it’s a bigger honor to receive the Heisman Trophy than to win the National Championship! To receive the Heisman Trophy, a player must earn it! He’s the best player on the field every game! The words “off day” don’t exist in a Heisman’s vocabulary. He knows nothing but perfection! It must be devastating for Reggie Bush to be kicked off the list of Heisman heroes. I guess he will get over it, since he just won a Super Bowl, and since he has a multi million dollar contract with the New Orleans Saints!

I am unaware of Reggie Bush’s spiritual life, but I am aware that Christians face the same danger. We can lose our biggest achievement, our salvation! It’s very prestigious to be called a “Heisman Winner,” but there’s nothing more prestigious than to be called a “Child of God.” And to become a “Child of God”, we don’t earn it. Rather, we obey the gospel and we’re forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ! For years, there’s been a debate in the religious realm known as “Once Saved, Always Saved!” The debate poses this question: Is there anything we can do to lose our salvation? In my opinion, we can toss verse after verse into the debate dungeon. But simply put, when we reach the attitude that there’s nothing we can do to be stripped from the Savior, that’s when we find ourselves “lost.” Reggie Bush’s legacy will be taken away because he disobeyed NCAA eligibility rules. And in the eyes of the NCAA, that offense is unforgivable! As Christians, if we willfully disobey God’s rules all the days of our life, even the blood of Jesus won’t help us!

Don’t be “Stripped of Your Success,” but be “Sure of Your Salvation!”