So It’s One, Two, Three “Likes” You’re Out (At the ‘Ole Ball Game)

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What have we come to? We certainly shouldn’t text and drive, and “hands free” should be a National Law. But now we have a baseball player “liking” during a major league ball game? “Liking” DURING the game? Really?

Apparently Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval fell victim or fell villain Wednesday during his team’s 5-2 loss to Atlanta. While the game was in progress, Sandoval returned to the team’s clubhouse and “liked” a photograph on Instagram. And the question is “Why, for Pete’s sake?”

What’s so urgent about responding to a Friend Request or a text or a post? But we’ve all done it: in a moment of down time, waiting for the train or between tasks at work, you pull out your cell phone and read e-mail, check Facebook, flip through Instagram, so habitually that it’s almost a reflex. It turns out that major league baseball players do it, too—but then they pay the price.

So what have we come to? Are we so addicted to our cell phones and our smart phones and our electronic devices that we can’t function without them? Not even while we are “working?” Apparently not. Social media has taken society by storm, and some can’t weather the winter winds or survive the summer sun without their handheld device in their hot little hand at almost all times.

Whatever happened to the days when we didn’t text a pic or share a vid or “insta” gram and we just talked to each other in person? How about that? I mean, don’t get me wrong; the advantages of the technological revolution far outweigh the disadvantages (I think), but why are we so wed to the “instancy” and immediacy of FACEBOOK and LinkedIn and YouTube and Instagram and the “Like?”

Anybody?

I get it. I do get it. We crave community and unity and bonding and togetherness. And all of that we can find in Christ. All of the stuff of life we crave can be found in the Lord.  All of our hearts desires and longings for family and fellowship can be found in the safety and solace of  the Spirit of the Living God.

But when it comes to the use of our phones at all times all of the time, that’s a mystery. Oh well. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Just don’t do it during the game you are playing in.

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