Paying the Price

Last Friday night, in NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series race, Kyle Busch lost his temper and went head-hunting—intentionally wrecking Truck Series championship-contender Rom Hornaday, Jr. That the wreck was intentional was compounded by the fact that Busch drove Hornaday into the wall while clearly under a caution. It was one of the most blatant wreck-outs seen in any of NASCAR’s top three series in a long time, and it didn’t take NASCAR very long to respond. On Saturday, it was announced that Busch, a contender in the Sprint Cup championship chase, would sit out both the Nationwide race on Saturday and the Cup race on Saturday. It was a severe penalty, leaving one of the sport’s top competitors a spectator as his car was driven by replacement drivers. Unquestionably, Busch paid a heavy price for his rash behavior—and a firm message was sent to all the drivers that such actions would not be tolerated.

This is the way it is in all of life. Every action has consequences, either good or bad, and when we act in ways that are unhealthy or destructive, the consequences can be severe indeed. This is the warning of the Scriptures as well, especially in matters that are eternal. The price required by sin is an eternal one, as Paul declared:

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

Because the price our sin demands is so severe, God sent His Son to pay that price on our behalf. He took our sin and its deserved punishment and paid the cost of it on the cross, making it possible for us to be released from the consequences of our sin. The penalty for sin may be death, but  the remedy of Christ is eternal life—all we must do is receive that remedy by faith. The question is whether or not we will receive His gift of life.

 

Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain