The college football offseason has continued to be a mess and the mess has spread down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The number four LSU Tigers were preparing for their primetime next Saturday against the number three Oregon Ducks. Now, they will probably have to play the game without senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson.
Today, Jefferson and his teammate, LB Joshua Johns, turned themselves into Baton Rouge Police. This morning, the police issued a warrant for their arrests on a second-degree felony battery charge. This stems from a bar incident last week where it is alleged that several LSU players beat four victims who are now hospitalized and that it was Jefferson who is alleged to have kicked a man in the face. Head Coach Les Miles has suspended the players indefinitely, so QB Jarrett Lee will get the start in Cowboys’ Stadium next week.
This incident helps us teach about what happens to our character when we are around bad people. Our parents and friends have probably warned us about being “guilty by association.” This incident could apply here in the case of these four players, being out late at night at a bar and not realizing what can become of their actions. Paul met a people in Corinth that were not concerned about their actions at the time. Our friends might not accept our following of Christ because it makes us different people from what we once were.
There were even people in Corinth who believed that the resurrection did NOT exist! We know that is false, but the people wanted to be happy just by partying. The apostle Paul tells them “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Today, I exhort you to keep your faith in God even though sometimes your friends might question your judgment. They may tell you that it is just not the same anymore. Jesus knows what you are going through. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells His disciples “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (John 15:18). When we are saved, we are changed in ways we can never imagine, and if our friends cannot accept that, we can always talk to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.