Metta World Peace Teaches Bible School

Ron Artest is a perfect example of… well, a lot of things. For the purposes of this post though, let’s look at him as an object lesson in the difference between “change” and “repentance.”

For Ron was a mean man, you see. He was mean to basketball fans. He was mean to women. He was mean to animals. Even among mean people, he was considered one of the meanest.

But then one day, Ron decided that he wanted to turn his image around. So, changed his name to Metta World Peace and took up dancing, even dedicating his performance in “Dancing with the Stars” to his little daughter.

That’s all great and everything, but it’s great in the superficial way that passes for goodness in a fallen world. It’s a nod toward decency that requires no real sacrifice from the nodder. So Ron changed his name, but he never changed his heart. There was no repentance for being a guy who would elbow another player for no reason, so he was still a guy who would elbow another player for no reason.

Ron was making a more profound point than he realized when he changed his name to Metta World Peace. How about a little 1 Thessalonians 5:3?

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

I don’t know if getting elbowed in the head is exactly the same as the travail of a woman with child, but you get the picture.

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