Mark McGwire recently admitted that he had used steroids off and on for ten years in his career, including the 1998 season in which he had broke the record for the most home-runs in a single season. He claimed that he wanted to come clean since the congressional hearing in 2005, but decided until now to come clean. Had he admitted it before the end of 2006, he definitely would have faced perjury charges, among possible others. Now with this admission, his chances of getting voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame may now be more dim, and his likelihood of getting into the Hall of Fame may never happen. If he does get into the Hall of Fame, however, it will be with an asterisk by his name, showing that he had used steroids. McGwire is one of the few players to come clean in the baseball industry about using steroids that may be on that list of players who tested positive on such tests in 2003, coming alongside Alex Rodriguez. Bronson Arroyo of the Cincinnati Reds also admitted during last season using steroids during his time with the Boston Red Sox, but it is not sure whether he is on that list or not.
It definitely was no surprise to many that McGwire used steroids during his career. The biggest thing that many people wonder about is why he waited so long to come clean on this if he had the opportunity to do so in 2005 at that congressional hearing. This admission is definitely, as many would most likely would put it, that nail in the coffin with being a Hall of Famer. His career will most likely be remember as one of the many players who used during the steroid era of baseball.
There is one thing that you can give Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez, and Bronson Arroyo, despite the fact of their use. They manned up and admitted their mistake of using. Did it dim their chances of getting into the Hall of Fame? That’s always a possibility. However, they decided to come out with the truth and show that it was wrong for them to do so.
Such admissions brings such truth to the verse: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Admitting that you have done something wrong doesn’t entirely make you a bad person in other people’s eyes. Admitting that you have done something wrong shows that you are just as human as the next person, whether you’re the regular Joe or someone who is constantly in the spotlight. Once you admit the truth that is within you, then letting the truth out will set you free and you will feel a little bit better.
In the same way, Jesus loves that we all know the truth. For some, knowing the truth will take longer and a little bit longer to admit. He loves all the same, and I hope that the things that you haven’t admitted to everyone else yet won’t stop you from telling Jesus all.