Baseball’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose has been banned from the game since 1989 for betting on baseball. Major League Baseball takes the integrity of the game very seriously, therefore betting on the game is strictly forbidden.
Rose applied for re-instatement in March. However, new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred ruled on Monday, December 14, that Rose’s request has been denied. Manfred reached his decision based on his perception that Rose has not been contrite enough about his past transgressions. He said, “In short, Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing…or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of all the circumstances that led to his permanent ineligibility in 1989.”
Manfred’s ruling virtually assures that Pete Rose will never be included in baseball’s Hall of Fame.
I like that phrase “reconfigured life”. It sounds like the biblical concept of repentance. Repentance is being sorry for your sins and taking strides to avoid those past wrongdoings.
Repentance is very important to Jesus, who warns—“…Unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:5). Repentance was very important to the apostles. Peter preached, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38).
Are you living a reconfigured life? You won’t make it into God’s Hall of Fame unless you are!