Ray Lewis Teaches Redemption with Jason Whitlock

Sep 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis acknowledges the crowd during halftime of the game against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Lewis appeared on FS1’s Speak For Yourself yesterday for a one-on-one with Jason Whitlock and again preached the truth in the way only Ray Lewis can. The topic came of Ray’s well-known spirituality, and how it may seem hypocritical or inconsistent to some because of his past, most notably the situation in Atlanta in 2000.

(First of all, bravo to Fox Sports 1 for even airing this segment. It speaks volumes to the differences between them and victim central at ESPN and displays why they are the favored sports network here at the Clutch Club. Whitlock especially has been controversial in the past because he has never shied away from speaking his mind and that is something we respect immensely here. I may not agree with everything he says, but I respect anyone who is willing to risk their career to go against the mainstream, a trait which is getting more and more rare in sports media these days.)

Now to the meat of what they were talking about.

While the serious charges against Lewis were dropped, he himself has acknowledged he did not put himself in a good situation that night and certainly does have his transgressions. However, his transgressions do not compromise his spirituality, instead it shows him his reliance on God and his faith to be the man he wants and needs to be for himself and his family.

This runs counter to so much in the culture that just says, “nobody’s perfect” and that society should just accept and embrace any kind of behavior since none of us are worthy to judge. Instead, the truth is the fact that we are not perfect should motivate us and drive us to find something greater than ourselves. All men are imperfect and unworthy to condemn, but we should all judge our own actions, not by our past, but by what God desires of us.

As Ray Lewis says, all of the heroes of the Bible were deeply flawed. So are many of our modern heroes. That does not stop them from accomplishing great things and it should not stop you.

The video runs about 4 minutes but is well worth the watch.