Bottom of the 9th, America: Time to Swing for the Fence
Baseball can teach us a lot about life. It has rules, boundaries, opposing teams and a clear path to victory. No matter what happens in culture, the game never changes.
Regardless of who’s in office, what policies are pursued by the majority, or whether we’re living in a recession or enjoying an economic boom, the game of baseball remains the same.
But what would happen if we changed the rules, moved the bases and forced one of the opponents off the field? Would it still be baseball?
With the fundamental changes in America, the same question must be asked. The rules are changing, the bases are being moved, and one of the teams is being forced off the field. Is this still America?
At one time, Americans saw a benefit from the intellectual process of publicly exchanging ideas. We listened and could decide for ourselves and learn. But now one team is being asked to leave the field.
Just last week, second baseman Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets, a devout Christian, was told he could only talk baseball after he respectfully offered his thoughts when asked about the homosexual lifestyle.
The Mets had invited Billy Bean, the openly gay former major leaguer, to open a dialogue with the team about having a “tolerant” clubhouse.
“I disagree with the lifestyle,” Murphy told the New York Daily News when he was asked about Bean’s visit. “But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love a teammate who is gay. I was glad he was here today and to hear his story.”
Murphy also told NJ.com, “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect.”
All the while, Bean was invited to openly express his views on homosexuality as Major League Baseball’s ambassador of inclusion.
So Daniel is forced “off the field” while Billy is warmly welcomed onto it.
This is game changing.
When we were tossed off the field last year by HGTV for believing that life begins at conception and marriage is between one man and one woman (kind of like saying you run to first base after you hit the ball), we realized that the bases had been moved.
When high-school teachers and college professors are fired for teaching creation or simply not believing in evolution, they too realize that the rules have been changed. The list goes on.
But the question for all of us is: Do we accept our removal from the field, or do we fight to get back in the game?
We believe it’s time to get in the game!
Although the rules are changing and we’re clearly not welcome on the field, we must step out of the stands and get into the game – for the sake of those coming after us.
This is a call to every American: If our nation is going to continue to exist as a shining example of freedom around the world – and if we’re going to ensure our children enjoy the same freedoms we’ve enjoyed – we’ve got to get into the game.
The good news is, there’s a clear path to victory. When you decide to get in the game, keep these points in mind:
1. Heal and don’t hurt – When Jesus was attacked, he healed His attackers and did not hurt them (Luke 22:49-51).Don’t demonize your opponent and never try to hurt them. Remain loving at all times.
2. Play happy – The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10b). We have reason to be happy because Jesus loves all of us and has given us answers that bring life to all those around us.
3. Have a soft heart and a hard head – Stay soft-hearted toward people and hard-headed toward evil. Jesus is both all love and all truth, so remain firm in both.
4. Separate ideas from individuals – While Jesus loves all people, He does not love all ideas. Be willing to resist ideas that are against God’s truth, and love the individual held captive by those ideas.
5. Know the Rule Book – “Where there be no principle, though there be a profession, we cannot expect perseverance” (Matthew Henry). The principles of the Bible clearly define how life is best lived.
It’s the bottom of the ninth inning in America with the bases loaded, and it’s your turn to hit!
So put on your helmet, pick up your bat and step up to the plate.
Don’t be afraid. Just take a deep breath and make the butterflies fly in formation.
You can do this! Getting in the game now will ensure there’s a game to be played when it’s your children’s turn to bat.
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