I don't know how you feel about Michael Irvin making the Hall of Fame. Personally, I think he belongs there. Some might think I am being inconsistent -- considering the way I feel about T. O. Irvin has had well-reported off-the-field problems. But he was the consumate team mate. Hard-working. Supportive.
On the way home from Amberton last night, I was listening to ESPN radio. The late-night guy said some things that I at first found offensive. But the more I think about it, the more I realize he was somewhat right. He had received a lot of flack for saying that Irvin ought to be in the Hall. The emailers objected because of his poor character.
The talk-show host said that Irvin is a guy who wears his emotions on his sleeve. What you see is what you get. He said he preferred that over religious folks who presented a good public image, but who lived secret lives of immorality. He brought up Ted Haggard. A man who was publicly vocal against homosexuality, and who ended up being a "closet" homosexual. He also made the statement that for every two people who have become pediophyles because of pornography, he could name a thousand "Christians" in history. Of course, he was referring to the many Catholic priests, etc.
What he said broke my heart. This is what a person outside of our "Christian" bubble thinks about us. And quite frankly, he has a good argument. I have been thinking a lot lately about how poorly we have been salt, light and leaven in our communities. When our marriages fail at the same rate as non-believers. When we have as many men caught up in pornography (including ministers). When we are known in the community for dishonest dealings. When waitresses dread to see "church folks" coming because we are difficult.
It breaks my heart. But to whatever degree my heart is broken, imagine how Jesus must feel. It sure doesn't make Him look good. How unfair to Him! Because He is sooooooo good.