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Should BYU's Davies have been suspended?

March 19, 2011

What is acceptable in the eyes of men isn't always right in the eyes of God. And for people (and schools) of faith, God's ways must take precedence. The apostles Peter and John were criticized by Jerusalem's civil authorities for preaching the good news about Jesus Christ. Their response was a model for us all: “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). Many people who reject God, or redefine him on their own terms, think that biblical morality is “outdated, draconian and laughable.”

Tragically, it is the very rejection of that morality that has caused an enormous amount of disease, heartache and broken relationships for many of them.

In rejecting God's ways, we deprive ourselves of his best for our lives and invite in a host of negative consequences. We do our young people no favor by allowing them to reject the life-affirming values of integrity, chastity and accountability.

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Pastor Jon Barta
Valley Baptist Church
Burbank

First of all, the question at hand has nothing to do with any basketball championship. The question, as I see it, is one of ethics and morality. Does voluntary commitment to a particular lifestyle lose its validity if it comes up against a failure to live out the commitment?

Commitment is, of its essence, voluntary. Consider the commitment of husband and wife in the sacrament of Marriage. They voluntarily give themselves to one another and pledge faithfulness for life. We are describing here a perfect act of marriage. That means that the couple not only acted voluntarily but fully understood what they were doing and wanted to make such a commitment.

In this example, a failure of faithfulness on the part of either person does not (or, at least, should not) destroy the marriage or the commitment. However, there may of course be some consequences that the person would have to accept along with forgiveness.

Let's take for granted that the young man voluntarily made the commitment and understood fully what he was doing. He failed the commitment by his action. However, one failure did not destroy either the commitment or his relationship to it. There were consequences, obviously, but we also take for granted that there was also forgiveness.

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