Two high school players recently nailed a high school football official in Texas. The video has gone viral. As a football official I say emphatically, “Official’s lives matter!”
I don’t think those two young men thought they would get caught. They probably forgot that the game was being filmed. But now they have been outed by social media and probably will face criminal charges (Aside: In Alabama, it is a felony for anyone to place their hands on an official in an aggressive manner). It is being reported that one of the coaches said on the sideline something like, “That official needs to pay for how he has treated us…” Hmmm…
God has a BETTER record of our life. He not only records our words and actions… He records our THOUGHTS! Imagine all of our THOUGHTS being exposed for everyone to hear! But that is exaction what will happen on judgment day. We all will be held accountable for every CARELESS word we speak… because “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
Just a thought to consider.
As a former Dixie Youth baseball coach (NOTE FORMER), I have seen and heard things that wold have made John “The Duke” Wayne blush…..and that was just from the kids’ moms!
I agree that God knows and will judge our thoughts. My question is, “what, if anything, are parents thinking? I mean, after all it but a game. Childs’ play, even! Many a good coach has sought out to teach sportsmanship, fundamentals and endurance, only to be shutdown by a few bad apples.
So, am I surprised that a couple older teens nailed a line judge or umpire? Not really. Many, not all, but more than you may realize, kids have been told to win at all cost; cheat but don’t get caught; and/or injure on purpose.
I just wonder how many children, once grown to be adults, would avoid careless thoughts and actions, if their parents had learned to lighten up and failed to keep score.
It is way past time that adults, especially those whom claim the name of Christ, put away their childish vicarious attempts to overcome failures of the past and let Christ heal the brokenness of the soul.Then, and only then, will the thouhts, actions and score cards of both adults and children be right!
I submit that, if more adults would take this challenge to heart, fewer kids would sit on the bench and rarely, if ever, would referees be blind sided with whiplash or paralysis. Even more, I submit that Christians would be able to have FUN being Christ like.