The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) recently asked the NFL to reinstate Josh Gordon. Due to Gordon's drug use, he has been suspended by the NFL five times for a total of over 50 games. He has missed more games for other reasons. Before any team can sign and play Gordon, the NFL has to reinstate him. You might be wondering how he could have gotten five chances before now with that many relapses and issues. The fact is Gordon is a good wide receiver. He has been VERY good in the past. In 2013, Gordon had 1646 receiving yards and averaged 18.9 yards per catch. That's rare air for a wide receiver. Overall, he has 247 catches and averaged 17.2 yards per catch, so he can take the top off of a defense.
It seems every time Gordon comes back, he starts playing well and relapses. So, does the Bible have anything to say about whether it is a good idea to reinstate him? Let's consider Matthew 18:21-22.
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Seventy times seven. That's a lot of times to forgive someone. But, what about the old saying... Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. What about fooling me five times! Is the Bible saying the NFL should just put him back on the playing field when the past has shown that it won't be for long?
Here's what I believe. I really don't think Gordon intends to mess up. I think he tries hard to rehab and straighten himself out. The problem is that it is hard to stay clean when you have been involved in drugs to the level Gordon has. Really hard. Things can be done to give yourself the best chance. I don't know how many of those things Gordon has done. I think he has hung out with the wrong crowd at times. But, do I think the NFL should forgive him? Yes, I do. I think they should reinstate Gordon which would allow other teams to sign him. HOWEVER, a difference exists between forgiveness and foolishness, so if I'm a team in the NFL, I have to look at Gordon's past and think very little chance exists that he will stay clean for long. I would not sign him to my team as it stands now. I would wish him the best and suggest that he turn his life over to the Lord. If I am ever convinced that he has done that, then would I consider signing him? I just might.
May God always be your number 1 draft pick!