Saturday, October 06, 2007

Marion Jones and What Happens to Liars

"I have always maintained that I have never ever taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I am pleased that a scientific process has now demonstrated that fact."

These were the words of a joyful Marion Jones on September 6.

Yesterday, this is what the same US Olympic champion had to say…

"It is with a great amount of shame that I stand before you and tell you that I have betrayed your trust. Because of my actions I am retiring from the sport of track and field, a sport which I deeply love."

What actions?

According to Jones, she was unknowingly (at first) taking a performance-enhancing substance called “the clear.” Court records seem to imply that she stopped taking the substance once she discovered what it was. Then she lied about taking the drug… to Federal prosecutors… under oath.

What happens next is up to the prosecution, but it is one more living lesson that lies nearly always get exposed.

The father of lies always promises more than he can deliver. Now a woman who by all counts would have been a great athlete without enhancement will lose her five Olympic medals, all her records, and all the good fame she sought.

But we’ve seen all this before. And someone who can lie about getting juiced can just as easily lie about their retirement.

Which just goes to show you, once a proven liar, nearly everything you say is called into question.

I hate lies. I have told far too many of them in my life. In fact, it was an inability to stop lying that in many ways drove me to the cross. I pray the Lord in His grace uses a similar method to call Marion Jones to Himself.

Flee from falsehood, friends.