Roger Clemens is a Major League Baseball player, if you didn't know. And, as a pitcher, many believe he is in a class of his own. He has won seven Cy Young awards, played in six World Series championships, earned two World Series rings, an MVP, eleven All-Star nominations, 4,672 strike outs, and an ERA of 3.12.
And he cheated.
This week he testified before Congress about his alleged use of steroids, and his credibility took a nose-dive for me personally. In my opinion, Roger Clemens is not in a class by himself; he shares a class with Barry Bonds. Both have attained the lofty heights of baseball legend while arrogantly denying any wrongdoing. Both exude contempt for anyone who questions their integrity, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. And I know I am not the only one who noticed his lack of credibility.
Janine Driver, an expert on body language, teaches law enforcement officers how to analyze physical cues to determine someone's credibility. And Clemens rated an 8 out of 10 on her scale as probably lying. Not only that, Clemens was also obstinately disregarding the testimony of Andy Pettitte that Clemens was guilty. In each case, Bonds and Clemens, the testimonies and evidence points to guilt, while the accused arrogantly deny all charges.
Of course, I'm not in place to judge the truth of their claims, but we should exercise discernment. We shouldn't be gullible. What do Clemens' and Bonds' accusers stand to gain by accusing them? What do Clemens and Bonds stand to lose?
At the very least, Bonds and Clemens have earned the very unenviable reward of having their dirty laundry sorted through on a public stage. Unless, however, they put all their dirty laundry in Christ's hands, this will pale in comparison to the public trial they will face on the day of judgment. And in that day, Clemens will find himself not in a class by himself, but on a broad road with lots of company facing destruction.
"And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. . . . And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." -- Revelation 20:12, 15
"Forgive them Father, and us, and do not judge us according to our lives, but find us in the book of life!"