November 18, 2018

Behold A Baseball Team-Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

The following article is adapted from a bulletin I published about fifty years ago (from an anonymous author) DRP

Behold a ball team that went forth to play a game of baseball. Just as the umpire was saying, “Batter up,” the catcher for the home team arrived and took his place behind the plate. The center fielder and the second baseman did not arrive until the second inning.

The first baseman did not come at all, but later sent his regrets, saying he had to go to a birthday party at Aunt Sally’s. The third baseman likewise failed to show up, having been up late the night before and he preferred to spend the day in bed.

The left fielder was at another game across town. The shortstop was present, but left his glove at home. When the pitcher entered the field and walked to the pitcher’s mound, he looked around to see his teammates and lo, his heart was heavy as he saw so many empty places in the lineup.

He tried to recruit some of the regular fans to play but they said they had rather sit back and watch. They complained that they had been attending for years (the best attenders in the league). They said they hadn’t seen many runs scored, but claimed it was not really their job. They considered themselves loyal faithful fans, but had never scored a run in their lives and certainly were not going to start now.

The game had been announced and the visitors were already in the stands to see the game. There was nothing left for him to do but go ahead and pitch and hope for the best. So the pitcher tightened his belt and stepped on the mound.

He did his best to throw a strike over the plate. But for some reason he could not find the strike zone. Some of his teammates began to ride him for the wild pitches, and loud boos began to come from the stands.

This is a humorous, ridiculous picture. But, it is absolutely tragic that is sounds so familiar to Christians. “Behold a preacher that went forth to preach.” Could some churches be similar to this baseball team? Do we need to reconsider our fundamental responsibilities as member of the Lord’s team?

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.” (Hebrews 5:12)

“The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (II Timothy 2:2)

“For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.” (Thessalonians 1:8)

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20)

 

 

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