I play softball with a group of guys from the Christian Center here in Murfreesboro. We are not good. And when I say we’re not good, that might conjure up images of us, you know, not being bad either. Well, those images would be wrong. We’re pretty bad.
I got a little frustrated Thursday night, and I might have yelled. I might have yelled that we “look like a bunch of circus clowns” or we “look like we’ve never played baseball in our lives.” For several of them, this second insult might actually be true. We’ve lost 3 games this season, and we have one left. The first game actually wasn’t that bad, but the second and third games have been atrocities. Somehow, I got roped into pitching. I’m not sure why, exactly, seeing as I’m one of the few who’s played organized baseball before. I can make plays at pretty much any position, yet, I’m stuck at pitcher. I mean, as long as you throw it near the plate, people will swing. In softball, you don’t need a good pitcher nearly as bad as you need people in the field who can, you know, field. Anyway, it makes me all the more frustrated, cause I may get ripped when I’m pitching, and I don’t have much control over it. In baseball, if I were pitching, and I’m lobbing flat fastballs belt high, and I’m getting ripped, its my fault. But in softball, you are required to lob the ball right in the middle of the plate.
Anyway, after the second game, someone made us pray. Praying in public settings has always rubbed me wrong. Probably the most irksome and the most prolific is resturaunt praying. Having worked as a server, I know first hand how awkward it is to walk up to a table to ask how the food tastes and realize you’re interupting Jesus time. It never made me want to be a better Christian when I saw people praying. It made me not want to be a Christian. Well, that being said, I really didn’t want to pray after the game. At first, I thought I was just being pretentious, but then I realized why it bothered me. Jesus talked about praying in private. I think that has a lot of merit, and not just because Jesus said it. Think about how you look to those who aren’t part of the christian culture. You aren’t “witnessing”. You’re look pretentious. You look like you’re parading your religion.