During each NFL offseason, owners meet to discuss necessary changes to improve the integrity and overall quality of each game. According to the 2017 rulebook, Section 20 covers jumping offsides. A player is considered Offside when any part of his body or his person is in the Neutral Zone, or is beyond the line of scrimmage. When a member of the offense commits this foul, a whistle is blown to immediately stop the play to access a five yard penalty. Yet, when a member of the defense commits this infraction, the offense has a free play. If time allows, the quarterback will attempt a deep thrown down the field to use this rule in their favor. One untimely mistake like jumping offside can be the difference between winning and losing.
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely (unconditionally) eat [the fruit] from every tree of the garden; 17 but [only] from the tree of the knowledge (recognition) of good and evil you shall not eat, otherwise on the day that you eat from it, you shall most certainly [die [because of your disobedience],” Genesis 2:16-17.
From a spiritual sense, Adam and Eve were the first to jump offsides. While God clearly defined the boundaries one chapter earlier, curiosity took them right to the edge, taking a peek at the other side of the fence. There wasn’t a need for instant replay as both participants ran off the field, hiding in the bushes. This act is referred to as original sin, a selfish act that ruined God’s intended design for life on earth. Sometimes a poor decision that you make negatively impacts your family or future generations. Hopefully, this fateful event in history will serve as a teachable moment to avoid going beyond the boundaries God defines in the Bible.
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin, James 4:17.
Every person falls into one of three categories: amoral, moral or immoral. Amoral refers to individuals do not have a clear understanding of right and wrong, living a carefree life without a defined set of standards. Moral includes individuals who are concerned with godly principles. While those who fall into this category may not always do the right thing, a defined belief system provides a foundation for integrity to exist. Immoral are those who for one reason or another refuse to conform to or accept standards of morality. Regardless of where you may fall in this spectrum, the brother of Jesus leaves a powerful truth about life. Beside jumping offsides beyond biblical guidelines, anyone who knows what is right and fails to act, sins of inaction are considered the same offense as sins of action. May this blog help you think twice the next time you have the urge to jump offsides.
by Jay Mankus