Mike Vick, the star quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles who might well be the MVP this year, couldn’t be redeemed in the public eye through Christianity.
Vick was incarcerated for 18 months and banned from the NFL for two years for funding a dogfighting ring. But it’s been forgotten that he accepted Jesus Christ before he was imprisoned, which got no sympathy from the media.
As an essay posted on Religion Dispatches makes clear, “The conservative Christian media didn’t buy it, smelling hypocrisy: one radio commentator found Vick’s statement ‘laughable.’”A Fox News exec said at the time, “It took Paris Hilton a few hours in the slammer before she met Jesus, and Vick does it even before lockup,” according to the essay by Nicole Greenfield.
And yet Vick seems to have truly turned his life around, but it’s taken his being a winning quarterback for people to start seeing him in a different light.
Read the Religion Dispatches essay here.
I find the Vick scenario interesting because it raises the question of how a fallen pastor can be redeemed in the public eye. Living a good life after a fall doesn’t seem to be enough.
How does a fallen pastor show from the pulpit he’s a changed man? He can’t exactly tally how many lives he’s impacted positively, and even if he could, would it make a difference?
It seems that once pastors have fallen, they are finished as far as the public is concerned.