For the month it has been so fun following our San Francisco Giants comeback from a huge playoff deficit to sweep the Tigers in 4 games. If you have been following baseball at all you know that Giants’ bullpen has been amazing and deserve a huge amount of credit for the Giants win.
But what you may not know, one of their relievers, Jeremy Affeldt, is a solid Christian. He has a huge heart for God and for godly values. He has used his platform as a Major League Baseball pitcher and as a World Series Champ to advocate for some incredible organizations and to encourage the body of Christ in the Bay Area.
In my RSS feed is Jeremy’s blog: http://jeremyaffeldt.wordpress.com, and recently he wrote one of the best blogs I have read in a long, long time and I wanted to share it with you.
He titles it: ARGUE WITH ME:
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
Sometimes I miss just hanging out and talking with people that want to challenge me. I like a good, tough discussion about different ways of thinking. I like having my moral code challenged, or being asked to explain a piece of reasoning or why I hold a certain opinion. Even in baseball, where guys are really competitive, I’m seeing the level of discussion drop off. Now a guy will just as soon say, “Well, that’s cool,” and that’s it. That’s the end of the conversation.
“That’s cool”? That’s the state of dialogue? What about saying, “I hear you, but what about this perspective?” What happened to getting into strange, fun discussions about different viewpoints? Most people don’t seem to want to deal with that. They just want to say, “That’s cool. I don’t agree, but that’s cool.”
Well if you disagree, then obviously it’s not cool. So why do you say it is? I think there’s an idea growing out there that truth is relative. People have decided, “Well, you know, you can believe that. That’s your own belief. You believe your way, and I’ll believe my way.” There’s just no “iron sharpening iron” going on.
If you think I’m wrong, I have no problem with you challenging me. I wish you would! Don’t say, “That’s cool. To each their own.” No, no. If we did that with everybody, we’d . . . (continue reading on Jeremy’s blog)
Thanks Jeremy for a great World Series, and even more, thank you for being such an encouragement and example to the body of Christ in the Bay Area!! Blessings.