Friday, August 27, 2010

"Honest Or Treacherous?", by Pastor Kevin Lynch

"Officials at the federal courthouse in Washington say that seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens will be arraigned Monday afternoon on criminal charges."

I am a big fan of Roger Clemens accomplishments. He was one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, and I was glad he pitched with the Yankees the years he did. They were exciting times which gave me great joy as a Yankee fan.

Clemens today? Charged with lying to Congress under oath about his alleged steroid use.

I don't know whether he did or he didn't, but if he did and he continues to lie about it, he's in for a world of hurt. Just ask Peter Rose.

Pete's been banned from even showing up at a ballpark for the last 21 years. And that just for being a gambler.

The wisdom of the Word of God speaks to the heart of the issue.

Proverbs 11:3 - "Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people."

Note the great chasm between the two words. Honest and treacherous. Poles apart.

I have preached it many times. You cannot be honest and dishonest at the same time. If so the verse would read "dishonesty destroys honest people."

It almost seems like it could be said that way. But it can't. Honest people do not have to worry about such charges. In order to fit the charge of being treacherous one first has to leave their honesty in the past and enter into the world of dishonesty.

It's exactly how God judges sin. Sin and salvation is incompatible.

This is an area the believer must iron out in their life. There is no room for dishonesty.

It is ironic indeed when one understands that Clemens best friend, Andy Pettitte (also a Yankee pitcher), when asked if he knew anything about Clemens taking steroids, refused to lie and admitted that he did. Pettitte was also accused himself of taking HGH and readily admitted it.

Andy Pettitte is still pitching for the New York Yankees today having not missed a step in his career and enjoying being one of the most revered and well loved players in Yankee history. Pettitte is also a committed born-again Christian.

Clemens is out of baseball and is fast becoming one of the most disliked and reviled players ever, and already is being mentioned as fast becoming blackballed from Baseball Hall of Fame eligibility.

Why is honesty still the best policy? Because it's God's policy.

Dishonest people do not only offend society. Dishonest (sinful) people offend God.

Face it folks. You want God on your side.

Keepin' it Real,

Pastor Kevin <><

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