The eternal lesson of Team Sky
The higher the climb, the harder the fall. Or so the saying goes.
And in British cycling, there aren't any who have climbed as high as Team Sky.
Since Team Sky was formed eight years ago, it has almost single-handedly made Britain a dominant force in professional cycling.
And it has done it by racing clean.
A dirty past
Sadly, this is unusual in the sport.
You only have to read the Wikipedia page on it to grasp the grip drugs has had on professional cycling.
But when the team launched in 2010, they claimed to be different.
Team Sky would be a totally clean team. No one - from rider to mechanic - would be allowed to join if they had any association with doping.
A questionable present
And they’ve been very successful. Their five Tour de France victories speak for themselves.
But, this week, Team Sky’s achievements were called into question in a report by MPs into doping.
To be clear, Monday’s report doesn’t provide any evidence that either Bradley Wiggins or Team Sky have broken anti-doping rules.
But it seems they have fallen by their own standards.
By using a drug only allowed for medical reasons to enhance performance, MPs have concluded that Team Sky crossed an 'ethical line'.
A clean future
It’s not just in cycling that people have fallen by their own higher standards. God’s people have too.
Think of King David.
God's great king. Military leader. Humble servant. Yet even he fell. And when he did, he fell hard (2 Samuel 11:2-4).
As Christians, we’ve been called to a higher standard - to a holy life (Ephesians 4:1-3). Yet we often fail.
And when we do, we shouldn’t try to hush it up like some have criticised Team Sky of doing.
Rather, with David, we should cry to the Lord for forgiveness (Psalm 51:1-2).