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Fallen Heros



It happened again this week. Another Legend. Another fall from grace. Lance Armstrong, 7 time winner of the Tour de France, has been stripped of those wins as accusations of blood doping and a mountain of evidence confirming the allegations continue to surface.

And just like another recently fallen hero in Happy Valley, fierce protestations of innocence arise, contrary to the facts being presented. And those of us who were fiercely loyal, who held on to the hope that surely

this time, things wold turn out differently, must simply shake our heads in sadness and lay those idols to rest.

Perhaps the problem lies in the fact that we put on a pedestal those whose accomplishments seem above the ordinary. We idealize, idolize and dare I say gather to worship by the tens of thousands, paying millions of dollars a year to watch these mere mortals do their thing.

And in the midst of all that glory, janitors, out of fear of losing their jobs, allow a horrible deed to continue to unfold. And in the midst of all that glory, men on a cycling team do as they are told. And in the midst of all that glory, who can stand? Surely they will crumble and fall? I is just a matter of time.

This week, one man was given what amounts to a life sentence for his behavior, and another was banned for life from a sport he once dominated. These stories are as old as life itself. And if these men are open, God has proven over and again how He can come in to such broken messes as these, and use them for redemption.

The list is impressive: Jacob was a liar and a thief. Moses was a murderer. David, too, was a murderer, and an adulterer. Samson was a womanizer. Elijah was suicidal. Isaiah preached in his birthday suit. Peter flat out denied Christ. Martha was a perpetual worrier and a workaholic. The Samaritan woman a serial divorcee. Paul was a crazed persecutor of Christians. And yet, God somehow managed to use each and every one of them to advance His kingdom.

Lest we be too hasty to judge, there can be redemption and mercy and forgiveness and grace in even the most heinous of sin. If the fallen turn to the one who gave them life in the first place, this can surely happen. May it be so for them. May it be so for us. Lord in your mercy…..


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