Oct 8, 2007

Marion Jones pleads guilty

US athlete Marion Jones has pleaded guilty to lying about her steroid use to US investigators, which could see her jailed and stripped of her medals. The 31-year-old had previously denied using performance-enhancing drugs ahead of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she won five medals - three of them gold...World News.

After so many years, the burden and the guilt of cheating was too heavy to bear. It seems, all the adulation and praises and medals could not quench the voice of the conscience within.

The Bible says in:
Numbers 32:23
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.

That means in reality, we cannot hide our sin from God. We cannot run away from His presence.
His eyes are all over the earth and especially in our hearts. He wants us to live for Him without sin, not hide from His presence.

When David was approached by the prophet Nathan about his sin of killing Urriah because he wanted his wife Bathsheba, the first thing that David did was to cry to the Lord that he has sinned against the Lord. Nonetheless, judgment came into David's house because of his sin. His sin should have brought the judgment of death for himself i.e. David should die for his sin. But because he repented, the Lord spared his life but his household and his kingdom will be torn from him. His family members including his sons will kill each other and the sexual sin will be like a generation curse upon his family. This was shown when his son Amnon raped his own sister Tamar, and Absalom, son of David killed Amnon. Sin begets sin. David did not die, but the judgment of God remains. What you sow, you will reap.

I believed Marion Jones never doubted that she will get away with cheating a nation by using performance drugs on the track, but the 7 years of carrying that burden would have bore its toil on her and her loved ones.

A public confession would be the 1st step for a clear conscience.
The next step would be restoration and rebuilding.

Do you think Marion should have confessed?
Should she returned her medals that she had won earlier?

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