Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Ball tampering and war-crimes: still waiting for justice

It’s been a bad few weeks for sport. Doping offices continue to dog sports such as athletics and cycling, with Olympic 100m champion, Justin Gatlin, and Tour de France winner, Floyd Landis, both testing positive. And now we have the ongoing farce involving claims and counter-claims of cheating involving the Pakistani cricket team and Australian umpire Darrell Hair.

The public backlash against Gatlin and Landis, and the claims made against both parties in the cricket scandal has illustrated that, even in the area of sport, the public longing for both justice and fair arbitration.

We see this, too, at the graver scale of the UN War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague, where both Saddam Hussein and some of those involved in the Srebrenica ethnic cleansings of the 1990s are undergoing trial. We have an innate sense of outrage when we see that justice is not being done. We feel angry with the cheats that seem to escape without facing the consequences of their action.

It’s both a comfort and a chilling thought, then, when we read Jesus’ words about the final judgement that each of us will face: ‘My judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me’ [John 5:30]. Jesus is the just judge, who indeed will judge according to God’s standards. At last, all will be revealed – not only drugs cheats and war-crimes, but all of the injustices of history will be finally brought to light. Justice will be done.

However, Jesus’ words should chill us to the core when we realise that none of us live up to God’s standards – each of us, like the rest of humanity, has sometimes acted injustly. We’ve failed. We’ve hurt those we love the most. We’ve made people cry and we do not deserve a place in heaven, which perfectly represents God’s goodness.

Amazing, then, are these words:

For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God's anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us. God was being entirely fair and just when he did not punish those who sinned in former times. And he is entirely fair and just in this present time when he declares sinners to be right in his sight because they believe in Jesus.’ [Romans 3:23-26, New Living Translation].

1 Comments:

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Ghost Writer said...

Hello Mr. Peter Dray

Apologies caused by Put T'Kettle On, Luv!. I refer you to the comments section in which you made your point for my reply.

Some good stuff on here, by the way.

Yours,

G.W.

 

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