A-Rod and the PEDs of Spirituality
This week, Major League Baseball suspended New York Yankees superstar third baseman Alex Rodriguez for the entire 2014 season for allegedly using performance enhancing drugs which are considered banned substances in professional baseball. Four other players were suspended for 50 games each, two of whom were All-Star caliber players on teams in contention for the playoffs.
We are all afraid that our performance will be shown to be lacking, and therefore we lose our identity and even worse we may lose the only concept of God we've ever known - God as talent evaluator instead of God as jealous lover.
We must embrace our flaws and failings in order to reveal the deep richness of Christian spirituality in which God is glorious and sufficient.
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)
What could this mean in the Rodriguez situation? What kind of spirituality are we living when we depend on spiritual PEDs, keeping up appearances, finding identity & worth in temporary things? Are we exalting ourselves in some way as eternal, unstoppable, and unflappable when the prophetic word has already been uttered? That path is exhausting and destructive.