The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.
Steroids have become the bane of modern baseball. Today greatness cannot be achieved without confronting the question of “clean” or not. Given that most of us grew up with a few heroes from the ball diamond, it’s sad to think how would-be players today must grow up without such admirations.
Mistakes are common to us all. I don’t think the worst of this era is the use of banned substances or the breaking of rules. Instead, it’s the effort to sidestep the truth. Apparently, we aren’t guilty unless our actions can be proven and we lose all appeals. Then we come clean, hoping to restore public opinion and any lost endorsement contracts.
But right is still right no matter what the famous might do to dent it. Living above reproach is the still the Christ-follower’s mandate. That means guarding your heart and doing what’s right whether or not you might get caught. Getting away with little things dents the Christian’s armor and will ultimately create gaping holes in his character. We must be committed to righteousness, and not to the mere avoidance of headlines.
Sure, we can insist that real heroes are the guys at home, the ones who don’t shrink from responsibility, the fellas that work hard and provide for their families. But these heroes can be just as easily dented by compromises. Don’t think you can cheat your work day or take advantage of the things “everybody’s doing” without damaging your reputation and your future respect. You’ve got to be the right man everyday if you will still be the right man someday.
Excellence requires knowing the truth regardless of whether you get your name in the paper. Be the man you would look up to and you’ll give your children (and other people’s children) what they need to chart a healthy course for their lives.