Monday, 8 June 2015

FIFA Bribery Scandal: ” If You're Pious, Open a Church,” Ex-FIFA Chief Jack Warner Says

An open-air church: The cross speaks of Christ’s victory over sin and death.

Joel Kontinen

Reporting on the recent FIFA corruption scandal that has made headlines in most countries where soccer is played (and that means everywhere), the BBC says of former FIFA chief Jack Warner:

Mr Warner, who had withdrawn support from Mr Blatter, allegedly gave delegates from different countries a total of $600,000 in bribes – in the form of envelopes stuffed with $40,000 in cash. The US indictment says that when one of his colleagues expressed concern, Mr Warner said: ‘There are some people here who think they are more pious than thou. If you're pious, open a church, friends. Our business is our business.’

While many top footballers such as Miroslav Klose are professing Christians who would definitely not approve of the fouls committed by the FIFA bosses, Mr. Warner does have a point. Although we might not have taken bribes, the Bible clearly states that all people – even the pious – are sinners in need of salvation unless they have met the risen Christ and yielded to Him.

This sad state of affairs began in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve, the first human beings, decided to turn their backs on God who had created them in His image.

But God did not forget mankind. He stepped into history as a human being and suffered the ultimate penalty for sin – death.

Then on the third day, Jesus rose from the dead. 50 days after that, on the day of Pentecost, the Christian church was born.


Jack Warner: Ex-Fifa chief at centre of storm. BBC news 4 June 2015.