Play ball (in the name of the Lord)!
I don't usually follow the baseball news. That's more my older son's territory. But this recent USA Today story caught my attention:
Baseball's Rockies seek revival on two levels
According to pitcher Jason Jennings, his teammates now have something the other teams don't: character. Character defined as: no reading of Playboy or Penthouse (sports and car mags are OK), no swearing (well... a player might utter a colorful word under his breath now and then, but basically they keep it clean), Bible reading, and regular attendance at Sunday chapel services. In short, the ball team is "embracing a Christian-based code of conduct they believe will bring them focus and success."
To the extent that this religious revival keeps the Rockies players drug-free, well and good. That will certainly set an excellent example for the sport. As for the faith-based success effort though, I've really had it with the way we invoke God's name for victory on the ball field...as well as on the pre-emptive war battlefield.
Success, first place in the league...or in the world...I don't remember Jesus promising that to his followers.