Chris Sale: The Danger of Emotional Decisions

In one of the more bizarre sports stories of recent weeks, White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has been suspended and fined for cutting up Chicago’s retro uniforms with scissors. No, you did not read that wrong. Sale has since cited a feeling that the White Sox where prioritizing a chance for “jersey sales” over the discomfort that resulted from wearing them as reason for his actions. Regardless of what his current thoughts on the situation may be, I have a feeling there may come a time when Sale wishes that he had handled the situation differently. After all, this incident will surely damage his already checkered reputation. To make matters worse, this is damage that could have been easily prevented if Sale had stopped to think before making an emotional decision. The same can be true for the Christian. Although, making an emotional decision could cost them an opportunity to witness for Christ. If they choose to lash out at someone for making a mistake, that person may be less receptive to a message about eternal life through Christ. It makes sense that an unbeliever would look to the person who shared the Gospel with them to find an example of how Christians live their life. If their impression of that particular Christian has been negative, they may decide that this “Christian stuff” does not seem worth it. Ultimately, as old and tired as the phrase may sound, it truly is important to think before you speak or act. Take a moment to evaluate the situation before deciding on a course of action. You never know when you might have an opportunity to fulfill The Great Commission and make a new disciple. What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

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