For the most part, I keep out of conversations when it comes to religion or politics. I like hearing other people’s viewpoints, I think I have an open mind, but when it comes to those topics, I usually just keep quiet. In fact three topics I don’t get into deep conversations about:
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You and I can have a conversation and I’ll listen about why you feel LeBron James is a better basketball player than Michael Jordan was in his prime, and I can call you an idiot and we can still be friends…but bring up one of those other three topics…and I call you an idiot, you’re no longer talking to me and I most likely get socked in the nose. People become very passionate.
So on to today’s topic.
You may notice when you watch a baseball game that on the back end of the pitcher’s mound the team will have their logo stamped in the dirt. However, at Busch Stadium, several times this season, a cross has been drawn on the back of the mound by the grounds crew, along with the number 6 in honor of Stan the Man. I didn’t even notice this until I saw the story on Yahoo.com.
Adam Wainwright told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the cross has always been on the mound when he’s pitched. Manager Mike Matheny said that Jesus Christ is at the center of his life. Religion and sports have been intertwined for a long time. Tim Tebow comes to mind, Reggie White of the NFL, players from opposing teams gathering for prayer after games, players making the sign of the cross before getting in the batter’s box…but is drawing a cross on the mound going over the top? Some think so.
That’s what we cover on today’s video. After you watch, think about it and share your thoughts by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to hear what you have to say.