Friday, August 26, 2016
Ryan Lochte: When humans are more righteous than God.
Ryan Lochte went to Rio for the Olympics, he won a gold medal in men's 800-meter freestyle relay, and then he and his friends decided to go enjoy themselves. In the course of it all, they commit a mea culpa. This snafu is exaggerated by Lochte and his comrades and the Rio Police. Finally, he comes back to his senses and apologized for the exaggeration. Unfortunately, all his sponsors cut off fromhim and the people cried for his blood.
This is all contrary to the bible that encourages sinners and mere mortals to forgive 490 times a day. I don’t know where human beings get the righteousness to always pretend that they are holding others accountable, even for mere peccadilloes. They always have this pretext of rancor and spite that they want to teach him a lesson. Life is too hard enough , so we should encourage one another unto good works and not seek an opportunity to destroy them. Some people seem to enjoy en unbridled schadenfreude unparalleled with even those of Lamech.
The reason I called it a mea culpa is because him and his cohorts all accepted that it was a fault they brought upon themselves. I also called it a snafu because it was not a problem, until Lochte's mother made a round on the press to sully the Brazilian government. If they initially did not find any problem with it aster he paid them, then it should not be a cause for alarm after. It did become a cause for alarm because all of them" the gas station, Lochte and his group and the Brazilian government wanted to protected their dignity.
In Honig v Doe (1988), the Supreme Court ruled that, a student should not be expelled or disciplined for an infraction that was caused by his or her disability. Lohcte at the time of the vandalism was drunk, so he did not know what he was doing. That is why the gas station was satisfied with the restitution. Whatever he did, it was caused by his drunken stupor. In his whole life, he was never broken a toilet door, talk less of a normal door because that is not him.
Breaking a toilet door and paying for it is and should have been good enough because any other punishment is a violation of his 8th Amendment which states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted." Therefore, any other punishment should have overlooked by the mere fact that he was drunk and he made restitution.
You do not teach a man a lesson by shooting him on the head; you shoot him on his toes. His sponsors are not teaching him any lesson; they should stick with him, but they should reduce the money until he has shown full compunction. Who will still be alive If God physically killed everyone who sinned? Who will still be married today, if spouses divorced each time a spouse did something they did not like? Humans keep making themselves too righteous than even God.
People should stop pretending that they are so angry because these athletes are role models. If you as a parent, brother, sister or relative cannot serve as a role model to your family, you should not transfer your responsibility to these sports, movies and music stars. It is transferred irresponsibility.
Jesus said, “…Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11). We are talking here of a woman who was caught red handed in flagrant adultery, yet Jesus tells her he does not condemn her. When are we as humans going to start saying, “Go and sin no more?”
One time again Jesus found a disabled man at the pool of Bethesda who could not seize the opportunity to jump into the pool for his miraculous healings from the water stirring of the angel. Jesus healed him. Later, he found the man at the temple and he told him, “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” John 5:14. The man’s condition was caused by the sin, yet Jesus reminded him, “I forgive you, go and sin no more. What about people telling Ryan Lochte, “You have made your mistake, learn from it and do not repeat it again.
Instead like blood suckers, they cry “punish him,” “take away his medals,” “ban him for life,” “lock him up” and so on and so forth. I am talking here of a young man who could not recollect a version of his incidence because he was drunk. The Rio people exaggerated the story themselves.
Finally, on that line I will reiterate the position of the Bible. Since no one was hurt, the damaged property was paid for, Ryan Lochte suffered more by losing his endorsements, and he had apologized and accepted he embellished his account, and God will accept his repentance. On that bases, man who is unclean and unable to apply justice should have followed suite. The saddest thing is that those who act like Shylock, seeking to extract a pound of flesh cannot even do it without spoiling blood. They cannot come to equity because not only their hands, their legs, mouths, bodies and entire lives are dirty. You should stop trying to apply justice only when others are concerned. You are not better!
Until then, shame to those companies that withdrew their sponsorships.
St Arrey of Ntenako.
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