Oldest Sport Meets the Oldest Rules

Bob didn’t believe that Fred’s dog could talk. Fred asked his dog, “What’s on top of a house?”

“Roof,” the dog barked. Bob wasn’t convinced, so Fred asked the dog how sandpaper feels.

“Rough,” the dog answered. Bob still wasn’t convinced.

“Okay, who was the greatest baseball player of all time,” Fred asked the dog.

“Ruth!” With that, Bob walked away, shaking his head in disbelief. The dog turned to Fred and asked, “Was it Hank Aaron?”

That joke could be considered an oldie, but a goldie…speaking of old…Major League Baseball is the oldest of the major professional sports played in America and Canada with its genesis (pun intended) in 1876. Recently, there’s been a sign stealing (cheating) scandal that has cost three MLB manager’s their jobs.

Predating America’s pastime is something that was given to Moses at Mt. Sinai some 3500 years ago – in the decalogue, better known as the Ten Commandments. One edict, in particular, speaks to the MBL’s current scandal “Thou shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15).

We’re not talking about swiping bases. It’s amazing that God gave us life instructions to build and keep community, to live our best lives in harmony with others, and their continued relevance today. These commandments and their consequences are woven into every aspect of life and relationships, including the morality and fairness of baseball.

This reminds us that loving God, and loving others, (Ten Commandments distilled) will keep us in the game of life.

Challenge: Can you recite all 10?

Here’s to your best self…

Blessings, Pastor Michael

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