It took me many days before I finally decided to write this article, considering that the person involved is a sportsman but I will say what I believe in.
By now, many people know that the title of my column is “Transformation.”
And one person who needs full transformation is Manny Pacquiao if he wants to apply and practice the Word of God, completely.
For the last 20 years of my life, I have been trying very hard to make Christian practices be part of myself; it involves reading the Gospel everyday, to guide me into the path of righteousness.
I am into the sport of swimming since five years old and am still unmarried until now. My children are the swimmers in the PSL swimming community.
Pacquiao insists that he does not discriminate against the LGBT community but rather just opposed to same sex marriage.
He said, “It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women, they are worse than animals”.
This offended the LGBT community.
Is Pacquiao’s opinion on this issue fair and just? Pacquiao is being selective on areas in the Bible that he wants to believe in.
Pacquiao insisted that the “act” is the one that he is not in favor with. He even called it “karumal-dumal [abominable].”
If he is really conducting his life according to the Bible, then there must be a dramatic change in him; a transformation.
I repeat, Pacquiao cannot be selective on what parts of the Bible he wants to believe in. He must apply the principles of the Scriptures in its totality and not only parts connected with LGBT issues.
Here is my challenge to Manny Pacquiao:
1. Is Pacquiao ready in giving up all to follow Jesus—sell and give all his possessions and give to the needy?
As what was said in Matthew 19:21, “Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
2. Is Pacquiao ready to give up his boxing career? Because boxing involves gambling; heavily in Las Vegas, which is his favorite venue for his bouts.
Gambling breeds covetousness.
In the 10 Commandments, it said that people must not covet.
Coveting, greed and selfishness are all associated with gambling.
Gambling damages the moral foundations of society and invites corruption in govern-ment.
Gambling destroys families.
Pacquiao is aware that people are gambling every time he has a match in Las Vegas.
3. Will Pacquiao give up associating with evil and wicked people or give up wickedness himself?
According to Proverbs 6:12-16, “A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore calamity will come up-on him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing. There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him.”
Romans 3:10-18, “As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bit-terness.”
Romans 5:12-19, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgres-sion of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification.”
It is good that Pacquiao wants to practice the Word of God into the path of righteousness, but Pacquaio must apply the Word of God to himself first; transform himself, so he can talk about the Word of God freely and without shame!