Yesterday, the case of Roger Clemens against the United States government was deemed a mistrial because the prosecution entered evidence into the courts that US District Judge Reggie Walton deemed inadmissible. Now, there will be a hearing September 2nd to decide whether or not this trial will happen again or will double jeopardy make the trial no more.
This case is similar to the case Barry Bonds was in a few months ago in that the jury was not able to determine beyond a reasonable doubt that Bonds was guilty of perjuring himself to a federal grand jury. We will all have our opinions on these two superstars regardless of the circumstances. It all began for Clemens when he testified on National Television in front of Congress three years ago. Since then, he has spoke out for his innocence so much that Judge Walton has a gag order out against Clemens and his defense.
Ever since the Mitchell Report was released in 2007, there has not been much drug use in the Major Leagues and it has helped the youth of America to learn about honesty and integrity. If you don’t do things the right way, no one may ever find out, but God always knows what you are doing.
As Christians, we need to continue to walk in the ways of the Lord and go to Him in order to keep our paths straight. One of the verses that I look at about integrity is in the book of Proverbs. Solomon writes that “Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall. (Proverbs 28:18). This is the exact verse that describes what has happened to Roger Clemens. When he was with Boston and New York, he was described as being one of the top pitchers in the history of baseball with 354 wins. Since the report came out, he has taken a fall from grace and is now seen as an enemy to most fans out there.
Today, I exhort you both sports fans and young athletes to look to positive figures in the sports community while also looking to God as our role model. Another verse that looks at our ultimate role model is in the Book of Titus. Paul writes to Titus to “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. (Titus 2:7-8).
However, there are times that we will slip off the path, but that is where we need to turn to our Lord and Savior. He is the “propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.(1 John 2:2). Without him, we are nothing! I urge you to stay on the right path in faith and whatever you do in life, do it with the utmost honesty and integrity!