Pondering Pride and Baseball

Today I have pondered the news item surrounding the LA Dodgers. From the reports I have heard and seen, thousands of Catholics came out to protest and pray for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who are drag queens dressed as nuns. It was part of the LA Dodgers Pride month celebration. As I read here are some of my thoughts and options for response to this.

First, the LA Dodgers are corporation in the United States of America. If what they do is not illegal, they have the right to do it, just as any of the rest of us. They are free like the rest of us. So, to force them to stop through legal means is inappropriate. They have rights and they are exercising them.

Second, I remind you fellow believers, that Proverbs in several places reminds us that “pride comes before destruction” Proverbs 16:18. If you believe God’s word to be true, then just sit tight. Pride in any form, never works. So, be careful to not be prideful in this mess and trust God’s word. If it is not of God, it will fail. So, what do we do in the meantime? That brings me to the third point.

I really like the way the Catholics handled it. Protest and prayer. Praying for the salvation of those who mock God and them. Very Biblical. Pray as taught in Matthew 5:44. Pray for their salvation and reconciliation to God. Pray the Holy Spirit moves in a mighty way in their lives. Pray.

And finally, be mindful of how you financially support such things. If we disagree but then buy seasons tickets, well, you don’t really disagree. The reason I ask us to be mindful of where our money goes is based on the reasoning I heard someone give as to why this is acceptable. The reporter said something to the effect that “these guys are raising money for a good cause, and it is just in fun.” Now this rationale is fraught with problems. 

For example, if we mock Muslims or Jews is it okay because we raise money for a good cause? Also, consider the pole dance part of the act. It is okay to mock Jesus because they raise money for a cause? I can assure you on that last one, Jesus is not mocked.

The LA Dodgers can support what they want, but we, as believers, need to not fall for the foolishness. Pray for those who are not in a life with Christ. Guard you heart so to not become prideful or self-righteous. Be mindful of where your money is going. And remember what Jesus said: “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12