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Sports enthusiasts often debate who is the greatest player of all time in their particular sport. For instance, in football, or as Americans call it, soccer, the greatest of all time is recognized to be Edson Arantes do Nascimento; if I pronounced that right. You may know him as Pelé. He became a professional footballer at age 15, and was named to the Brazilian national team at 16. Pelé became the youngest player in World Cup history in 1958. He led Brazil to their first-ever World Cup title. Brazil would go on to win two of the next three World Cups before he retired from international play. But he wasn’t finished. Pelé spent 19 seasons in club ball, scoring 619 goals in 638 games. He then became a New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League, scoring 31 goals in 56 matches.* He defines excellence as a footballer.
It is fairly easy to identify the greatest players in sports. But where do we find the epitome of justice and righteousness? Who defines what is right? Earlier this week we discussed that God is the ultimate standard. His very nature is the definition of what is right, just and fair. As Psalm 11:7 says, “For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.” (NIV) Let’s remember God is the true standard of righteousness and justice.
*”G.O.A.T. Athletes: The Definitive List,” Complex Sports, September 8, 2018, https://www.complex.com/sports/2018/09/the-greatest-of-all-time
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