5 Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules (2 Timothy 2).
There are two Rosa’s in history who broke the rules: one name invokes shame, while the other invokes pride.
In 1980 Rosa Ruiz finished the Boston Marathon in record time, yet eight days later was stripped of the prize after the cumulative evidence pointed to her actually having taken the subway for part of the race. The case against her was diligently constructed and absolutely air-tight, yet to this day she denies any wrong-doing.
In 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for not obeying the rules to give up her seat on a public bus to a white passenger. She was no athlete, thus her situation was no game. The rules imposed upon her broke the rules of a much higher order, and she chose to follow those higher rules instead.
Lord, help us This Day to follow the higher rules. Amen.