As a young Aussie male I am brought up to love the biff at the annual State of Origin rugby league games. Almost like clockwork, as NSW take on Queensland each year the game will descend into a bit of biffo. The heart rate rises, all the players pile on in and we cheer as they get a few cheap shots on each other. In last nights game this was typified by Blues captain Paul Gallen. Seemingly out of nowhere Gallen went into a tackle on Myles with his fist and then on coming up threw a sneaky left right combo that got Myles on the chin. Rah!!
And what was Gallen’s reason? Apparently Myles had been acting rough in a number of tackles over a number of games over a number of years! Gallen was just waiting for an opportunity to get even and lay the biff on!
League is a physical game – I get that, and yet I couldn’t help think this was a pretty interesting insight into human nature. It is eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth stuff! Don’t get mad, get even! On a day to day basis we all find ourselves playing out this kind of thinking. When treated badly, treat the other person worse, because that will teach them!
Jesus stands against this kind of thinking. At one stage he says “You have heard it said, ‘Eye for an eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also… I tell you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Would it still have been a cracking game without the biff. Yes. And maybe in a small way a radical response to rough tackles would be to outplay and outperform your opponent without resorting to getting even. What about for you? When you are treated badly how do you respond? An eye for an eye and you are an echo, but love your enemies and you become a world changer!
8 thoughts on “State of Origin, Paul Gallen and that PUNCH”
I love reading the stuff you write Tim – you’re a prophetic voice on the Northern beaches. I thought Gal’s punch was wrong but took a little pride in it nonetheless. Suitably chastened and reminded of Jesus; outrageous love and counter-cultural example.
It was a great game last night ah?
Looking forward to catching up with you soon – if you can fit me in between Prime Minister visits 😉
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