I use to play basketball. One of the things that really ticked me off was how unfair I felt the referees were towards me. I got fouled a LOT which the referee never seemed to catch. So being the dumb kid that I was I would foul them right back; the whistle would blow and the zebras would say “31 White with a push” 31 being me of course. I would offer the feeble excuse “he fouled me first” and when the zebra gave me a funny look I would smart off and get hit with a technical foul……
My retaliation not only hurt myself but my team as well. Not very smart eh?
My coach would sit me on the bench after my “t” but that didn’t really make that much of a difference. Coach was smart and found a way to cure me of my stupidity. He made me ref little kids basketball games! You know what I learned? The zebras ALWAYS see the retaliation! I never got another technical again.
I know professing Christians that do the very same stupid thing that I did. They feel they’ve been wronged and retaliate and ALWAYS get caught. I actually confronted a “christian” named Michael Bennett recently who felt retaliating for perceived wrongdoing on the part of another Christian was ok because he felt “they did it first”. (source)
Is this a valid excuse from a professing Christian to justify his own sin? I don’t think so but lets see what the Apostle Paul has to say on the matter;
Romans 12:17-21 NIV
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good
The Apostle Peter, no stranger to retaliation had this to say;
1Peter 3:9-14 NIV
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened.” .
It’s never ok to repay evil with evil. I know these aren’t “time texts” but sound Christian principles that Bennett seemed to miss to his own detriment. He not only hurt himself but others as well only I don’t think he gets that just yet but he will soon enough.
Please don’t be as foolish as the guy above was. Repaying evil for evil is foolish Brethren. That’s how unregenerated people act and certainly NOT how a regenerated man is supposed to act.
Unlike my case Bennett’s coach Sam Frost wasn’t wise enough to sit him down after he was rebuked for his foolishness and instead let him remain in the game to hurt his team even more then he already had. Frost should have done this instead;
1Timothy 5:20 NIV
Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.
Had Frost done this maybe things would be different. Unfortunately Frost didn’t have the backbone to stand up to his player and allowed assistant coach Jason Bradfield to play spin master and make excuses for his players poor conduct. (source) (source) (source)
If SGP were a basketball team Bennett would most likely be released from the team while Frost and Bradfield would be looking for employment elsewhere. Because these folks claim to be Christians Paul instructs us to;
1Corinthians 5:11 NIV
But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
Why is this article included in this series? The answer is simple; rather then publicly denounce open unrepentant sin the SGP leadership has decided to sweep it under the rug and created their own Clintonian spin to cover-up Michael Bennett’s despicable behavior. SGP members desire to be treated as Christians yet don’t seem to have the foggiest idea how to act like Christians. That’s the heart of this matter as far as I’m concerned.