Vick: “I found Jesus” … so he says

art.vick.podium.gi.jpg I should have predicted this one.

If you have not heard, former Atlanta Falcon standout quarterback, Michael Vick, has made it known that he has found Jesus through this whole ordeal. Now, don’t get me wrong, perhaps Vick did in fact find Jesus (whatever that really means), but I can’t help but cringe when this kind of thing happens under these particular circumstances. It kind of reminds me of political figures throwing Jesus’ name out to win some votes. In other words, I questioned the motives.

Why announce at all that you “found” Jesus? For sympathy? It’s possible.

And what is all this business about “finding” Jesus? I think a better way to put it is that Vick stopped IGNORING Jesus. Jesus wasn’t lost, he has always been there (even when Vick was grotesquely murdering dogs).

Perhaps Vick is hoping for us to draw some parallels. Let’s see, if he really did “find” Jesus, then chances are he picked up a Bible because he didn’t know what else to do (which is commendable). In reading the Bible (which he obviously jumped straight to the New Testament…no harm here, just pointing it out) he saw that Jesus was forgiving everyone for all sins during and at the end of his ministry. Vick knows he is forgiven by God already, but he is seeking our forgival.

Well sadly, people aren’t as forgiving as God. Do I forgive you Michael? Yes, I believe I do. But my circumstances aren’t like that of, say, an avid Dog lover.

Will the NFL forgive you, Vick? Depends. If you bring in ratings, they may let you play (let’s face it, professional sports are money driven). But if the backlash from those who do not forgive you is great enough (meaning loss of money/good image), then at least you still have Jesus (which amounts to a whole lot more than an NFL contract).

The thing is, I am questioning if you, Vick, would be okay with that (just having Jesus that is)…and therefore I am questioning whether you really have “found” him.

(picture from cnn.com)

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6 Responses

  1. Vick played the religion card alittle early if you ask me.. Most people in his position do not find religion until after they have been in prision awhile 🙂

    J

  2. Great writeup…but do you have to love dogs to know what he did was wrong? Why the need to forgive him anyway? It’s up to god, and Vick needs to not “redeem himself” which he was quoted as saying, but offer his time and money and soul (if possible) to making the world a better place…as we all do.

    Btw, you must have never had the privilege of the unconditional love of a dog (or any pet for that matter)….
    it’s an incredible feeling. Look at all the opportunities Vick had? Amazing….

    …Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.
    Charles Darwin

    Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.

    Thomas A. Edison
    Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, Man will not himself find peace.
    Dr. Albert Schweitzer

    The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.
    Emile Zola

    I am in favour of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.
    Abraham Lincoln

  3. Hi Jason,
    yeah, let’s see how it turns out. It kind of reminds me of Paris Hilton coming to God…

    Hi Teresa,
    first, thanks for stopping by and sharing your quotes from some of the more brilliant minds in history. I have had a dog before, but not for a long time (so perhaps I forgot about their unconditional ‘love’). Although I would contend animals don’t know what love is, but that’s a whole other topic.

  4. YUCK! I wish he found something other than, “GOD”. I wished he found accountability, contriteness, humility, or regret.

    I could believe his words if they showed his insights and remorse for his sick behavior. Finding religion is beyond a reasonable conclusion. Wasn’t he just saying that he looked forward to clearing his name? Now he is hiding behind the name of God and religion….pitiful man.

  5. Wouldn’t it have been more surprising if he said, “I haven’t found Jesus today?” I think this PR maneuver is what the 10 commandments call, “Taking the Lord’s name in vain”.

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. However…

    I watched Vick’s public apology with my little son who USED TO wear Michael Vick jerseys to school. It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick’s “enlightenment” carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Dogfighting pits one dog against another until one of them dies. The survivor gets his flesh torn off, ears ripped off, eyes pulled out, etc., and the reward for being “a winner” is to writhe in pain until the next fight. Enough said. The pictures make my flesh crawl. The losers are tortured, beaten, starved, electrocuted or drowned. For what? Because these poor creatures were unlucky enough to be born a dog!

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk
    Founder, http://www.AnimalChaplains.com

  6. Nancy….I found your thoughts reflective and hopeful. I only wish you could have directed them at the infection: people who torture, destroy, and toss away these dogs.

    Granted, I am not an animal activist. I do feel that this man’s behavior jarred many people. That is the beginning of change.

    Also, comparing his activities to rape, racism, or even gambling is an insult to my intelligence. Thank you for pointing out the absurdity of these writers. All of those areas are symptomatic of the ills within society.

    I worry about the human spirit that can act out these sick deeds, blame others, want a football paycheck, understanding, and “find” God. Maybe his relevation was an outcome of his PRAYING for these things to happen….?

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