Friday, March 4, 2011

BYU Basketball

One of the big stories this week in the sports world is that the BYU basketball team kicked off one of its star players for breaking their honor code. BYU is the school for the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). It came to light that he had had sex with his girlfriend. This has totally baffled many of the sports casters and newspaper writers. BYU's standards from their website:

Be honest
Live a chaste and virtuous life
Obey the law and all campus policies
Use clean language
Respect others
Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
Participate regularly in church services
Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

I find it refreshing and commendable that a university still has an honor code and still takes it seriously. (This will probably cause the team to lose its number one seeding in the tournament.) I think it is safe to say that the Mormon Church is probably a more moral church than the Christian church (generally speaking) (Just look at their honor code) but they are far from the orthodox truth of true Christian faith. We must always remember that we are not saved through our morality but ONLY by the grace of God

Titus 3:5
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,

So i must commend them for sticking to their standards but condemn anyone who thinks that morality equals salvation.

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