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The downfall of lying

Posted in Culture, God, Movies, Random, Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2009 by rylanreed

I recently watched a movie made here in South Africa based on one of their greatest sports players of all time, Hansie.  The movie was entitled Hansie and the story is of a South African cricket player, who in the mid to late 90’s brought the people of South Africa together with the game of Cricket.  The one problem that he possessed out of many was lying.  One subject, and it was something that he really didn’t do, just thought about it. The subject was betting and losing games.

I won’t tell the whole story, but I will give a brief overview.  And BBC did a story on him that you can see here.  Hansie grew up with a love for cricket and played really well in most of the matches through his childhood and up to his professional debut. From that point on He sky rocketed with his performance, charting in 2004 to be the 11th best player in all of South Africa and a National Hero.  The only set back from his professional career, the one I mentioned earlier: betting, match fixing and mostly lying; made him banned from ever playing profession cricket again and put a bad mark on his name to the country that he loved so much.  here are a few details from Wikipedia:

Stand-in captain — There was another drawn series when South Africa toured England in 1994, Cronje scoring just one century on the whole tour and scored only 90 runs in the three-Test series. In October 1994, South Africa again came up against Australia, in a triangular one-day series also featuring Pakistan, Cronje scored 354 runs at an average of 88.50 but despite this South Africa lost all their matches.[8] This series was Bob Woolmer’s first as coach and Kepler Wessels’ last as captain. Cronje who’d previously been vice-captain was named as captain for the Test series with New Zealand in 1994/95.  — Match fixing — On 15 June Cronje released a statement that revealed all his contact with bookmakers. In 1996 during the third Test in Kanpur, he was introduced to Mukesh Gupta by Mohammad Azharuddin. Gupta gave Cronje $30,000 to persuade the South Africans to lose wickets on the last day to lose the match, South Africa were 127/5 chasing 460, Cronje was already out and spoke to no other players “I had received money for doing nothing”. During the return tour Cronje received $50,000 from Gupta for team information. —

If you read the story of Hansie; he did take money, but for nothing really; he talked with other players about throwing matches, but nothing ever came out of actually doing it; the only problem was he kept things secret and lied to different people at different times.  He did admit to the fact that he  had a love for money, and don’t we all have that.  We all struggle with this, maybe not to the extent or heightened level that Hansie did, but lying (making ourselves appear better than we really are) and the love of money is apart of our flesh.

The story of Marion Jones is somewhat similar… she is not a cricket player, but a high profile track and field athlete; now just a convicted felon.  She “not Knowingly” took performance-enhancing drugs in the year 2000, during the Sydney Olympic Games.  She lied about it then and kept lying until the truth came out in investigations.  In an interview, she said that during one of the investigation times, there was a point where they showed her the substance that is known as the “clear”, and she thought to her self that if she had just taken a few minutes to meet with her counsel and tell the investigator right then and there that the substance in front of her was what she took, it might have been easier on her in the long run.

Both Hansie and Marion Jones took the thought of keeping something to make themselves look better, instead of understanding the importance of telling the truth and also the detrimental effects that could linger and last for their whole lives with keeping the lie.  Hansie was a Christian, and even more so effected him because of that, as does it with us everyday.  We need to make God look good and not ourselves, since He was the one that created us in the first place.  Jones I don’t believe is a Christian, but she knew post term of imprisonment that it would have been better to tell the truth right away, even though it would hurt at first, then to have kept the lie and now is keeping that untold truth with her for the rest of her days here on earth.

Everyone lies, and if you say you don’t then that’s a pretty good observation that you do.  Because we are all liars, we are all sinners and condemned to an eternity in hell. I know, that sounds horrible.  But, the great thing is Jesus came down to earth to take all your lies, your stealing, your hatred and everything else that might be a sin in your life, and took it to the cross with Him.  Because of what He did, and our trusting in Him for the only way to salvation, can we be free from the bondage of looking to others for our self worth and instead place that upon Christ, for He is willing and would love to have it.  Hansie learned that even being a Christian, he still fell for temptation, but was able to learn through that experience of God’s redeeming love and forgiveness, and was able to share with others what Christ had done for his life even through the tough situation he was in.

If you want to watch the trailer(top two), or even a story on matching fixing you can go here.

The Month of May, and the times in the Field

Posted in South Africa Stint, Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by rylanreed

During my time here in South Africa, I have been fortunate enough to experience some of the sports that are so prevalent in these parts.  The sports aren’t as good as in the States, but it was fun to be able to witness the other side of sports.  Myself and James went to a rugby game in late April with one of the student leaders at UP. I started to somewhat understand the rules of the game and enjoyed the time spent with the guys.  “Our” team also won, which was fun to watch. 

In May, I was able to go to a cricket game in the IPL, which is the Indian Premier League.  This was a big deal, having the IPL playing on South African sole because it’s usually just played in India and some of the South African players were on some of the teams.  I would describe that league as just an all-star grouping of games, where it’s all about the showmanship and entertainment than playing safe ball.  The cool part about the game was one of the bowlers, or what we call pitchers, threw the ball side-armed instead of full circle overhead. (If you want to know what that looks like you can send me an email and I will send ya a link.) He is the only one that I know of that does that throw and it usually looks like he is or should be pitching in the major leagues. 

I also had the chance to take three students with me to the semi-final game for the Super 14 championships.  Great game, “we won”, and a great time spent with the guys and seeing how they reacted outside of their Christian little bubbles.  We talked as we walked about their lives and how they were trying to live their lives out for Christ. 

Good guys, good game, good times. 

Quick note: South Africa and Pretoria is a meca right now for Rugby.  Super 14 Champions Blue Bulls (Pretoria) — May 16th beat rival Sharks, May 23 beat Crusaders in Semi’s, May 30 beat Chiefs in Final. — The Springbok (SA’s country team) beat the British and Irish Lions three out of the four games and the Springboks are leading in the Tri-nations Championship tournament.

School gets rolling

Posted in South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2009 by rylanreed

School (or as they call it College) started Wednesday the 28th here, and I have come to the realization that students here care more about studying than most college students in the United States do.  Not saying that Students in the US don’t care at all, but just that they usually have more things on their mind than school and studying.  That first week, or I guess half week, was a good time of being on Campus and seeing how things would work there.  Pretoria has around 40,000 students or so, which makes it a pretty crowded place when everyone sticks to one section of the campus or when it is totally down pouring (that has happened more than sunshine) and everyone runs for the cover of buildings.  I was able to talk to a few students and shared the gospel with a couple, but most of them were busy with the first few days of classes and RAG that they had that week as well.  I don’t really know what RAG stands for at all, but the main focus of it to raise money to give to charities and to join along with the school spirit.  Over the past few years though, it has turned into more of a time for drinking than really trying to have good school spirit.  On that Saturday, they had a parade to show off the floats that all the “rezes” or what we would call Greek houses, and that was when they collected all the money for charity.

The next week was the first full week of classes and we were able to have our first Crusade meeting that Thursday night. It was really good to see who might come on a regular basis and get into somewhat of a routine.  It has been hard for me and I think a few others on my team, becuase of the fact that there isn’t really a strong direction in what we are doing and it does get tiring sometime, to be sharing the gospel all day long.  I was able to meet a guy whose name was OBK and the cool thing about his story is that someone from the summer project shared with him last summer and he remembered them saying when the weekly meeting was going to be, so he came and we were able (myself and Dan) to talk with him a little bit.  He really wants to be discipled and has a lot of questions, but we came to figure out that he isn’t a Christian, just wanting to see and learn more about what all this is, which is so cool to see.  The next day on Friday, we had a brie social (brie being their term for cooking out or grillin’) and we were able to play some games with the students that came.  There were about 40 or so students that attented, mostly girls, but that is common I think where ever you go.  I was able to play a little rugby and sort of heard some of the rules on that, interesting, and I also played some cricket which was a tone of fun and learned the rules in that, so when I watch it I’m not looking retarded trying to figure out what is going on.  That afternoon was so good for both myself and Dan, because it felt to us that we actually did something.  Not saying that anything else we had done before Friday didn’t count, but I definitely connected with more of the guys through playing sports with them instead of just trying to talk with random guys here and there on campus.  We were men, playing the sports that men play and we’re have great fellowship together through that.