William Rhoden, of the New York Times, beat me to the punch. I have been waiting to see how the Cameron Newton investigation was going to play out before I shared some thoughts on the matter, but Mr. Rhoden was able to put a religious spin on the NCAA’s decision regarding Cam Newton’s eligibility status for the rest of the College Football season in today’s sports section. The NCAA determined that Cam Newton was not involved in the “pay for play” scandal that was proposed by his father, Cecil, in an attempt to send Cam over to Mississippi St. Bulldogs. It was only his father and some agents that were involved in the scheme. As a result the NCAA has declared Cam eligible to continue playing for the Auburn Tigers where he will try to lead them to a National Championship.
Rhoden commended that NCAA for making the correct decision; a decision that is supported by the Bible. “A parent won’t be punished for the sins of their children, nor will children be punished for the sins of their parents. Each person will be judged individually.” Since the NCAA cannot prove the Cam was involved in the back room deals, Cam is eligible to play. It is important to note that while the earthly courts do not punish children for the sins of their parents, God, himself, judges differently. In response to Moses’ call to be merciful on the Jewish people who sinned by worshiping a golden calf, God told him that He is merciful and compassionate, but does not always ‘cleanse’ one’s sins completely. God will “recall the iniquity of parents upon their children and grandchildren, to the third and fourth generation.”
I can’t speak for God, but I don’t believe Cecil Newton’s infraction was significant enough to deserve significant heavenly punishment. What I do know, however, is that the earthly court has ruled according to the words of the holy Bible.