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When French soccer star Zinedine Zidane head-butted Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the chest during the final 10 minutes of the 2006 World Cup he sealed his own fate and the fate of his team.

When Zidane was sent off with a red card France lost its best scorer. And this, just as the match headed into a penalty shootout.

The score was 4-3 – to Italy. If Zidane hadn’t been sent off, then maybe France would have ended the game with a draw. As it was Italian Fabio Grosso sealed Italy’s fourth World Cup championship with his second goal of the tournament.

Zidane, with all his skill and courage, had carried France to the World Cup final. They were never expected to make it. But after this foul he left the field walking past the World Cup trophy with his head down – and disappeared into the changing rooms – the game and his career were over.

One man commits a foul, is sent off the field, his team loses and a whole country blames the culprit.

Another man scores a goal and his country erupts in wild excitement and adulation.

It only takes one hole to sink a ship.

Friends, this is why it so important for us to take sin seriously. The sin of one person has sunk governments, nations, families and churches.

Sadly though, there is a popular belief today that sin is only wrong if we get caught. But sin is sin whether it’s seen or not. The Bible reminds us that God always knows about sin. God sees.

"Be sure that your sin will find you out"

(Numbers 32:23 NIV)

Achan is a prime example of how one man threatened to sink an entire nation due to his sin (Joshua ch 7)

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