Michael Vick Finds Jesus (as if Jesus were lost)

Friends,

I hate to say I agree, but…

“We all make mistakes,” said Michael Vick. “Dogfighting is a terrible thing and I reject it … I found Jesus and turned my life over to God. I think that’s the right thing to do as of right now.”

Gee, that didn’t take long.

I didn’t think the curtain on the “finding Jesus” act would rise until after Vick went to jail, but alas, it came on the same day he made his plea deal official.

It took Paris Hilton a few hours in the slammer before she met Jesus, and Vick does it even before lockup. Who knew?

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Isn’t it nice to know that ‘it’s the right thing to do as of right now.’

OK., everyone say it with me, “Jesus, please let the judge be lenient so I can get back to playing football as soon as possible.” I hate to say it, but this is exactly the sort of publicity that Jesus doesn’t need.

But there will be some who are convinced this is a good thing: After all, doesn’t Jesus need a few more celebrities touting his cause? (It makes the whole christianity thing look good when we have some credible witnesses on our side. Doesn’t it?)

I have to go. (To the bathroom.)

jerry

PS–lest you think I am insensitive or uncompassionate, I sincerely hope Mr Vick has been found by Jesus. I suspect, however, that if he has been, his troubles are really only beginning.

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  1. animalchaplain

    [Friends, I have edited this reply only by removing the associated email and links back the author’s website. If you are interested, do your own research, but I will not be posting links to websites that are involved in anything involving ‘interfaith’, (even ‘pet chaplaincy’) except where I reserve the right to do so for my purposes. I debated long about posting this reply, not because I disagree with the author about the hideousness of dogfighting, but precisely because I visited the author’s website. Furthermore, I disagree profoundly with the author about this country ‘needing’ a spiritual transformation. That is some sort of humanist, multi-cultural, ‘all paths lead to God’, lingo that is just plain ignorant of Scripture and contrary to the purposes of my blog. Nevertheless, I leave you to judge the author’s intent in her reply.–jerry PS–Dogfighting is a rather insipid and stupid idea, a cruel and vulgar practice whose perpetrators should be punished severely, to the fullest extent of the law. Of this point, I agree with the author 100%. Perhaps those involved in dogfighting should themselves have to fight a dog, or another human, the same as the dogs they tortured. That’s probably too much. Vick will lose his career for a while. But someone will sign him when he comes back. He won’t be treated like the dogs he tortured. He won’t be treated like Pete Rose (for gambling). No, he’ll come out unscathed.]

    What are the chances he would find Jesus the day his lawyers told him to say that? It is a miracle! (Okay, that is a little religious humor…)

    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




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