Michael Vick recently made this public confession: "'I'm upset with myself, and, you know, through this situation I found Jesus and asked him for forgiveness and turned my life over to God. And I think that's the right thing to do as of right now.'"
J. Grant Swank Jr. says,
If Vick is speaking truthfully, then he is an example of genuine repentance. If it is merely an emotional religious mood, then all the more his words will come back to haunt him at the judgment seat of Christ.
Time will reveal whether his personal testimony is meant for all time, or simply a momentary emotional sentence in a time of extreme stress.
Because of our first parents' disobedience against God, all mortals are born with a bent toward sin. We are spiritually damaged from conception. Consequently, whether we commit the barbaric acts overseen by Vick or simply go through life in a worldly, respectable self-sufficiency apart from the Savior, all are in need of contrition. All are in need of repenting of a lifestyle that has shut Jesus out in order for the ego to sit upon life's throne.