If BO’D were GOD….

He is the captain and poster boy of the Ireland rugby union team, regarded by many esteemed opinion-givers as one of the finest players ever to have played the game. Tenacious, tough and above all talented, his most fervent admirers gleefully refer to him as BO’D Almighty in honour of his sporting prowess. He is Brian O’Driscoll.

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This past weekend however Waltzing became Whingeing as O’ Driscoll climbed down in many a fan’s estimation by declaring that the officiating mistake made by the match referee and his assistant was “unforgivable”.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/13032011/58/six-nations-o-driscoll-try-error-unforgivable.html

BO’D might be a divine player but he would make a dreadful deity. Think about the implications of what he means when he uses the word “unforgivable”. No second chance. No option for redemption. Failure is forever. Mmmm.

Lest we forget, he is talking about a rugby match. It makes me wonder what else Brian would pronounce “unforgivable”? Under the rule of BO’D Almighty how would we fare?

What about anger, hatred and murder? Or deceit, manipulation, exploitation and abuse? Adultery, jealousy and pride? Arrogance, bitterness, hypocrisy and bribery? Greed, laziness or theft? Surely these things carry more significance than a sporting blunder? Surely these things require justice?

Take a moment to review that list and see if you can spot yourself. Honestly. If so what do you do in a world of “unforgivable”? 

Now contemplate the following words.

In Jesus these are forgivable.

Not because these things are unimportant or that the destruction they wreak in peoples’ lives is inconsequential. It does matter and there are consequences. Both temporal and eternal. It is rather that Jesus is a Loving Saviour to those who believe in Him trusting Him to take their just punishment upon Himself. He rescues with His sacrifice.

Take time to be thankful and time to be thoughtful. For Jesus, Love and Justice.

Let’s hear from another famous Irishman with no shortage of followers who helps to make the point. Bono recently said this:

“It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to depend on my own religiosity.”

That interview is an interesting read. You can catch it here:

http://www.garydavidstratton.com/2011/faith-2/bono-interview-grace-over-karma/

Blessings,

J.

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