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Houston Texans running back Arian Foster recently confessed to accepting under-the-table payments while he was in Tennessee, in violation of NCAA rules. It wasn’t an apology, it was a declaration. “There is nothing wrong with it and you are not going to convince me that there is.”

The fact that it is against the rules plays no bearing on the incident for Foster. He believes he was right because the system is corrupt. It is not cheating because the rules are hypocritical and it is not cheating because everyone is doing it.

Foster’s attitude is the exact opposite of the attitude of the Christian we find in Ephesians. In chapter 4 we find Paul’s explanation of a Christian lifestyle. Somehow cheating and justifying it doesn’t fit. --Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Sports Illustrated, October 14, 2013, p. 68

Mark 7:20–23 (HCSB) Then He said, “What comes out of a person—that defiles him. 21 For from within, out of people’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, 22 adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, promiscuity, stinginess, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a person.”

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