I wrote about Michael Vick’s possible return to football several months ago, and note with interest that he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday. In reading the article on ESPN.com, I found this quote, which shocked me:

“Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said he did serious ‘soul searching’ regarding Vick. The owner said he met with Vick for hours and is convinced he can become a force in stopping animal cruelty.

‘I needed to see a lot of self-hatred in order to approve this,’ Lurie said.”

Wow. Lurie DEMANDED self-hatred. Is there a difference between recognizing oneself as a sinner and self-hatred? Is one the platform for forgiveness and rebirth while the other is the pit? I haven’t fully processed Lurie’s quote yet. Wanna help?