Sports plays a significant role for many in America today. Unfortunately for some it’s so important that it’s become a ‘god’. This isn’t to say that sports is evil, but keeping it in proper perspective is critical. In fact, the Bible contains illustrations where sports is used to emphasize certain points. These areas include 1 Corinthians 9:24 and 2 Timothy 2:5. Just as we have halls of fame for past players in certain sports, the Bible also notes the great hall of faith in Hebrews 11. Then there’s the running, ‘…with patience the race that is set before us…’ as described in Hebrews 12, as well as Paul who talked about fighting the good fight.
Jim cited this distinction because today there is a ‘wokeness’ in sports that’s intensifying. For example, you may recall that back in 2001, many were shocked when the Chicago Cubs introduced ‘gay days’ at games. By 2019, the exceptions to such so-called celebrations were the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers.
The point is that becoming ‘culturally/politically correct’ has become the new normal when in fact, it’s abnormal. For example, here’s a situation that combines sports with politics:
Last week Georgia came under attack by Major League Baseball for passing voter integrity laws deemed by some as voter restriction laws. They passed a law requiring photo I.D. at the polls. Now the voting intolerance of Major League Baseball reached a new level when last Friday they issued a statement indicating that the Colorado Rockies were going to host the 2021 All Star Game.
What about the fact that Colorado has a photo I.D. requirement…or that Georgia has requirements for photo I.D. for fans picking up tickets at the stadium…or that Delta Airlines requires photo I.D. to board one of their flights?
These are just some of the thoughts that Jim enunciated, proving that nothing, including sports, seems to be immune to the wokeness phenomenon.