Ndamukong Suh, the 307-pound star defensive lineman of the Detroit Lions, has been suspended by the NFL for two games for unsportsmanlike conduct. In a game last Thursday, Suh pounded the head of an opponent into the turf a couple of times, then stomped on the player. The video of this outrageous infraction has been replayed countless times since it occurred. Many Americans have seen the replay of this incident, and are appalled at Suh’s behavior.
Suh’s immediate response was quite defensive. He denied doing anything wrong, even though the proof was there for all to see. He finally admitted some wrong-doing on his part, but plans to appeal the two-game suspension.
It’s easy to become outraged at people like Suh, who commit such atrocious acts and then deny any wrong-doing. But it’s much more difficult to accept responsibility for our own sins. I can remember being a boy named “Suh” a time or two myself. Tell the truth—haven’t you ever denied responsibility for doing something wrong, even when it was obvious that you were guilty?
1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”