June 30, 2009
Does Michael Vick deserve redemption?
Michael Vick, the once dynamic star of the Atlanta Falcons who was kicked out of the NFL for dog fighting (that’s the nice way of describing what he was involved in; this isn’t), is trying to make a football comeback and settle with his debtors. Since his court hearing two summers ago, at which Vick pleaded guilty and claimed he had found Jesus, Vick has sought to rebuild his tattered public image.
Religious repentance is an old trick of troubled celebrities, and I’m not yet sure it has helped redeem Vick.
It’s easy to be cynical—I know I was—but the Rev. Michael Bruner, a Presbyterian minister and adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific, recently wrote for On Faith that we should give Vick the benefit of the doubt.
Bruner then makes comparisons to the redemption of the Disciple Peter, now St. Peter, and to Saul of Tarsus, now St. Paul. He doesn’t put Vick on the same level as these Christian giants, but uses them to display that “the road to sainthood, it appears, goes through the valley of wretchedness.”
You can read the rest here.