The Relationship Between Christianity and Baseball
I can only imagine how many Christian Baseball Players there are in America. But I do know of some, maybe you've heard of them—Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman, Brandon Webb, Josh Hamilton, Matt Holliday, Mark Teixeira, Mariano Rivera, and Christian Guzman to name a few.
Yes, some Christian baseball players stumble in their faith—they all do. But they get right back on their horse and keep fighting it out.
In St. Louis, they have their annual Christian Family Day where some of the players speak and say how much God has impacted their team's lives.
When Micah Owings signs a baseball, he doesn't just sign his name. He also writes a reference to his favorite Bible verse—Philippians 4:13.
These players have decided to put their faith over their fear of being persecuted. These players have decided to not stay silent about their devout faith in God. These players have been handpicked by God to make his will come true and they enjoy it.
When I hear the words "Christian Baseball Team," I think of three teams—the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, and Colorado Rockies. All three teams have been to the World Series lately. I'm not saying that all Christian baseball players are great players but a lot of them are.
Some of the players are great in the clubhouse as well—look at the Boston Red Sox a few years back. Jason Varitek, Curt Schilling, J.D. Drew, and Tim Wakefield are just some of the many Christians on the team—just imagine if they got Mark Teixeira.
Some of the players are also Jewish such as Kevin Youkilis. They respect each other and their respective religions.
Ramirez is also a Christian, and as everyone does, he stumbles in his faith. Manny being Manny shows that he doesn't care what anyone thinks...except God.
The St. Louis Cardinals have had Christian baseball players in large numbers such as Pujols and previously Drew, David Eckstein, Yadier Molina, Todd Wellemeyer, Ryan Ludwick and Adam Wainwright.
Over in Colorado, the Rockies put together a great Christian team in 2007 and 2008. After the Matt Holliday trade, they lost a great Christian leader but Todd Helton and others will be given a great opportunity to become great Christian leaders. The Rockies have a Christian-based code of conduct—no Playboys or Maxims are allowed. That would be a hard team for Pat Burrell to be on.
I know there are Christians on Bleacher Report. Lets not stay silent any longer.
If any of you guys want to become Christians or have any questions at all about Christianity, I am more than willing to answer them. Just leave a comment or post a note on my bulletin board.
To God...give the glory.
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