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The Yankees aren’t within the World Sequence. And I’m mad. And I don’t prefer it.

So, I acquired to eager about probably the most miserable second of my baseball life, the 2001 World Sequence–and don’t cease studying as a result of that is going someplace.

2001, in fact, was the yr of 9/11. NYC was in shock and all the things was placed on maintain, together with the MLB post-season, which ended that yr in November. The Yankees wound up shedding, and it’s been 14 years and I nonetheless clearly haven’t gotten over the disgrace and sense of divine injustice. Psalm 89 grew to become my favourite that yr.

That is the yr the Yankees ought to have gained the collection. It will have been simply. NY “deserved it.” A small reminder that, regardless of tragedy, perhaps there’s a glimmer of hope nonetheless.

Tha Yanks misplaced the primary two video games in Arizona–that wretched, godless, desolate, wilderness, a spot solely worthy of spring coaching video games for west coast groups. However again within the Bronx–which if geography (actual or preferrred) serves me proper, is on a hill–the Yanks took recreation 3, which units up recreation 4, the one World Sequence recreation I ever attended.

It was October 31. The Yanks had been down 3-1 till the underside of the ninth. With 1 on and a couple of out, Tino Martinez hit a centerfield house run to tie the sport. Within the 1oth, a younger Derek Jeter hit a house run to proper to win the sport. The clock had simply struck midnight, on cue. Jeter grew to become Mr. November. If God shouldn’t be a Yankee fan, nicely…then there isn’t any God.

Sport 5. Once more. With 2 out, 1 on, and down 2 runs within the ninth, Scott Brosius hit a house run to tie it, and Chuck “assist, I can’t throw anymore” Knoblauch gained it within the 1oth with a single.

There’s no manner God isn’t on this.

Again to Arizona and the Yanks get slaughtered in recreation 6, which solely made me assume that God likes drama. Sport 7 is within the bag. Which it was, when Alfonzo Soriano hit a house run within the eighth off of Curt “I’m a Baal worshipper” Schilling, giving the chosen staff a 2-1 lead.

After which Mariano Rivera fell aside within the backside of the ninth inning, and the Yanks misplaced–which I imagine God promised us would by no means occur. However it did. And I nonetheless can’t watch the highlights.

Had the Yankees gained, it might have match my theology like a glove. God is preventing for us, the enemy has been defeated, and all is nicely. However they misplaced. That didn’t imply, nevertheless, that God is useless or weakened, solely that there should be another that means for this defeat. It appeared to me that the Yankees’s defeat was merely a metaphor for current occasions–surprising tragedy, beautiful defeat.

I don’t assume God truly cares in any respect about sports activities. However I’m emotionally invested in my specific sport and my specific staff–and people kinds of issues might be pathways God makes use of in us to mirror a bit.

Adapting one’s theology to expertise is widespread, dare I say regular. That feels like unhealthy thought at first, however I’m wondering…is it even avoidable? We do it on a regular basis–if such and such works out that we prayed for, it’s a God factor; if it doesn’t work out, it’s nonetheless a God factor, only a completely different type of God factor.

We examine this in biblical instances, too. If the king and his military undergo defeat, it means the deity is indignant for some purpose. If victorious, the nation is clearly favored in God’s eyes. The way you clarify divine motion depends upon the circumstances.

We see this within the Mesha Inscription, commemorating the defeat of Israel by the Moabite king Mesha within the ninth century BCE. We get a completely different angle on this in 2 Kings 3:4-27, decoding the religio-politics from an Israelite standpoint. And the similarities between the Mesha Inscription and the autumn of Jericho and finally Ai in Joshua 6-8 are well-known.

I’m simply pondering out loud right here. In antiquity, to make certain, there’s at all times a political dimension to faith. However perhaps then and now this phenomenon might be filed below the class of “religion looking for understanding”–or willpower to belief God whatever the circumstances, even when what we’re completely positive God is as much as doesn’t occur. And so we’ve got to be keen to rethink who this God is, this God who isn’t as predictable as we would assume.

Anyway, only a thought as I’m passing this postseason rooting for…I don’t know…the Royals, I suppose. The underdog. I’m simply not going to precommit whether or not God’s favor rests on them, being historical enemies of the Yanks and all.

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