Category: Sports


Faith and Baseball

A recent interview was posted on The Gospel Coalition’s website.

Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny on Baseball, Manhood, and Faith

I admit, part of the reason I want to mention this interview is to try to goad some of my Cardinal hating friends to say or think (cause they never would actually say it) something nice about the Cardinals. ¬†ūüėÄ ¬†¬†However, this interview does make me think about a certain topic regarding “celebrities”, Christianity, and how we should deal with them as believers.

It is a common practice among many Christians (especially conservative Christians), to “look” for celebrities who are also Christian (and conservative). ¬†We get some kind of giddy glee when we find one, wanting to watch their movies, listen to their music, or support their sports team. ¬†And then that celebrity fails and falls into public sin. ¬†Now what do we do!? ¬†We place these people on such pedestals that when they fall, they not only hurt themselves terribly, but the shockwave of their impact destroys everything around them, including many of their “fans”. ¬† So what should we do?

There is nothing wrong with liking and supporting celebrities who profess Christ Jesus as their savior. ¬†What we must avoid is idol worshiping those people. ¬†We also have to remember this when we “follow” pastors, whether they are our own or are “popular”. ¬†The fact is we all fail at some point or another. ¬†Some fail in big ways, some in small ways, but we all fail. And when you are on a pedestal, all your failure are “big” as they are there for everyone to see. ¬†Hearing Coach Mike Matheny’s testimony is wonderful, but whether you are a Cardinals fan or not, we must be avoid idol worship of someone who in the end, is a flawed, sinful human just like everyone else.

What we as Christians should do, is prayerfully support “celebrity” Christians, just as we pray and support believers in our own families, churches, and communities. ¬†Many of us don’t know what it is like to live under a microscope. ¬†For good or bad, these celebrities are under constant observation. ¬†Believers do this in their idol worship. ¬†Unbelievers do this to try and find something to tarnish the testimony of these men and women. ¬†When that something is found, believers then jump ship out of fear of what those unbelievers would say about supporters of that “fallen” celebrity.

It is great that Coach Matheny is a believer and trying to live his live for Christ.  But as believers we cannot fall into the trap of making this man something more than he is.  He, just like us, is a flawed, sinful human being.  Our praise should not be on him, but rather God.  We should be thankful that the Lord has placed a believer in that position, and pray that the Lord will use that person to glorify His Holy name.  That is prayer we should be saying about all those who accept Christ Jesus as their savior.  Soli Deo Gloria!  To God alone be the glory!

So I decided that I will include some sports posts/observations here as well, to maybe lighten the mood of my blog a bit.  Then I thought about what my first sports based post would be, and I realized it might cause more vitriol than anything I have posted yet.  I know at least two people, who if they read this, will be up in arms!

So what is so contentious? ¬†Simply this, hockey and “real” football (aka soccer) are quickly becoming my favorite sports, above even baseball.

Yes you heard me right.

There is something just beautiful about a team going down the ice/pitch, executing a series of perfect passes, dissecting the oppositions defense to bits, all leading to an amazing goal, or sometimes an even more amazing save.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love baseball, but it just isn’t the same. ¬†The closest that baseball feels that way for me is in watching for a perfect game or a no hitter. ¬†When it comes to offense, I am more a fan of solid station to station, batting for average, than I am of the long ball. ¬†Yea, home runs are nice, but hit and runs and suicide squeezes are much better.

I have said before that were I to be presented with the choice of free season tickets to the St Louis Cardinals (Baseball) or to the St Louis Blues (Hockey), I would choose the hockey tickets in a heart beat. ¬†And I’d choose Sporting KC (“real” football) over Royals (baseball) tickets as well.

Again, don’t get me wrong, I still love Baseball. ¬†Give me tickets and I will be happy. ¬†I’ll even spend my own money on occasional tickets eventually. ¬†But it is becoming my 3rd favorite sport.

I liken it to my tastes in music. ¬†I love Blues, Classic Rock, “Classical” music (Vivaldi, Corelli, Bach, ect), and some Christian Contemporary. ¬†I like all of those types, but more times than not, if you check what I am listening to at any given moment, it is Blues or Classic Rock.

So there it is. ¬†Call me what you will. ¬†I like most sports, but truly, Hockey and “real” football are the best.