Thursday, August 10, 2006

He Can Run, But He Can't Escape Himself

Prentiss Elliott is free today after posting bond. He was arrested by Tulsa Police as part of a shooting incident in a gang infested area of North Tulsa. This is just the latest in a string of arrests and run-ins with the law. Police now suspect him of being a member of the G-Unit gang, which Elliott denies is a gang.

Several years ago Prentiss was convicted of assaulting a police officer during a melee at a Memorial High School basketball game. He was also dismissed from the OSU football program for an incident you can read about here. He has a habit of fighting, hitting, and assaulting men and women. He is described by his contemporaries as a "thug".

His legs, that God-given running talent, have carried him so much farther than he should have gone, looking at his "track" record. Our society highly prizes its athletes. But, sadly, those same legs cannot escape a heart that is bent toward self-destruction. And he is willing to take others with him down that same path. As fleet as he is physically, he is racing toward bitterness, resentment, disappointment, anger, disputes, revelry and ruin, mentally.

That's the bad news.

The Good News is that Jesus Christ can change him. He will meet him right where he is now. But will Christians who know Prentiss have the boldness to give him the Gospel?


Joseph said...

His criminal history started at age 10.It will take faith in Christ once he sees the finger writing on the prison wall.

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