Sunday, July 23, 2006

Faith & Baseball

The Atlanta Braves are hosting a series of "Faith Days" where they will be having post-game events (requiring a separate ticket) featuring concerts by Christian bands (including Aaron Schust & Jeremy Camp) and current & former Braves players John Smoltz, Chris Reitsma, and Sid Bream will speak of their testimonies of faith. See the press release here.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an article (may require signing up for a free login) about how this idea came about. An accompanying blog is full of comments answering the question "Okay with Faith Day?"

Some of the responses that caught my eye:

- I am excited about the Faith Days! In the U.S. today, political correctness has taken over. Organizations are overly concerned with offending somebody. I am glad to see the Braves make a positive statement here in the Bible Belt. They are not worried about the beer they sell or the clothes some of the female employees wear offending someone. If a person does not want to see the concert or hear the speaker, they have every right to leave.

- If the Braves had a day to honor athiesm, judiasm or islam, holier than thou Christians would be the first to cry foul.
They only want their religion promoted. If I want some “churchin’”, I’ll go to church.

- I think its great! Its about time. I’m suprised that the liberal left wing aol time warner would allow this. But none the less, I am excited to hear about this. I am hoping it leads more people to Christ.

-Bleh. It appalls me that major business interests have become brazen enough to exploit mainstream religion to make a buck, and, even more so, that any so-called Christian would endorse it. Isn’t anything sacred anymore?
Baseball should be about baseball, not God.

- This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard! The Braves are so bad that they can’t get people to fill the seats so they invite religious fanatics? Religion has NO place in pro sports. I don’t wanna see pre-game prayer meetings, I don’t wanna see thanking God or Jesus after the game. I don’t care! It’s not appropriate and Selig should step in and say ok-nice try but this is the majors. We don’t do things like this where we discriminate blatently against certain groups of people. This is not Bumble**, GA. This is Atlanta! Get a clue Braves!!

- People are indeed connecting God with baseball, as though they were indeed inseperable. But alas—the poor rednecks need to understand that it’s just a game.

And two more, first rather interesting, the second rather encouraging (or maybe even convicting?):
1. Religion should be an intensely private, meaningful experience, not a public “Who’s The Christianest Christian?” exhibition at Turner Field. Evangelicals, take note: You’re not helping your Judgement Day chances by screaming your faith from the rooftops — you’re just embarrassing yourselves.

2. Every day of a believer's life should be a faith day.

No comments: