Unless you’ve been out of the country on vacation, most talk shows listeners and television viewers have gotten an earful from the Ray Rice saga. After videos showed the Baltimore Ravens star running back beat up his girl friend during the NFL off-season, a recent 2 game suspension for Rice has been perceived too lenient in the public’s eyes, creating a back lash against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. As Hall of Fame Induction weekend has arrived, the topic of domestic violence won’t go away. Even Steven A. Smith wasn’t exempt from criticism, given this week off by ESPN after claiming woman shouldn’t provoke men.
Anyway, as ESPN, Fox Sports and local sports channels replay Ray Rice’s apology earlier this week, commentators are at a loss, unable to comprehend Rice’s actions. Well, to be honest, if everyone’s actions we’re video taped like Jim Carrey in the Truman Show, there would be a lot of hand scratching going on. Nonetheless, there is an important biblical lesson to learn from this unfortunate incident, often the mind and body do things without any logical or rational explanation. The apostle Paul makes this clear in Romans 7:7-20 as he confesses to losing control despite being disciplined and spirit filled.
Whether you are a pastor, law abiding citizen or criminal, no one can escape the reality of Romans 7:15. Beneath the surface, souls are losing an invisible battle, Galatians 5:16-18, enabling the flesh to take over. Once in the driver’s seat, the ugliness of mankind rises to the forefront in the form of acts of the sinful nature. If you add alcohol to this equation, the probability of violence escalates. Colossians 3:1-17 gives a blue print for overcoming domestic violence or any other sinful behavior. If you want answers, the truth can be found in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2. Eliminating domestic violence from your life starts with a Christ-like attitude and ends with fruits of the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23. May the transformation detailed in Ephesians 5:1 prevent you releasing your anger on or toward another individual.
by Jay Mankus