Sports, Politics and the Heat of Battle

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Politics, to some, is sport. And what some do in the heat of battle is beneath most and beyond many. That’s why some say that politics is a “blood sport.” But that’s nothing new and that’s no new news.  So since we’re right in between the Republican National Convention (which I did not watch) and the upcoming Democratic National Convention (which I will not watch), it’s fitting that we give this rejoinder and get this reminder.

Regardless of who wins the 2016 Presidential election and regardless of who wins the White House and regardless of which political party has the majority, God is still in charge. Case closed. End of discussion. So that’s why I can’t and won’t get all wound up about who wins. Especially this year. Because in the end, God wins. And because God wins, we win.

Sports is a give-it-all-you’ve got, last man standing, winner take all endeavor that we love and enjoy.  But when it becomes gory and gruesome, brutal and bloody, we shake our heads and turn our heads, and scratch our heads in wonder of how far and how low one will go just to get a “W.”

Politics to some is “sport.” It’s the hunt they enjoy.  It’s the kill that is the thrill. The modern idiom we use to describe this blood sport is to “play politics.”  To play politics means “to engage in political intrigue, take advantage of a political situation or issue, resort to partisan politics, and to exploit a political system or political relationships.” 

To play politics means “to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way, as for job advancement.”  After Watergate and Iran Contra-Gate and all of the other political scandals we’ve seen over the years, this sounds all too familiar.  Surely, Machiavelli was right: “absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Playing politics is not like playing patty-cake or shooting marbles.  When you are dealing with people’s lives, and the life of those closest to you, that’s something else altogether. Biblical David was, among many things, a politician.  Yet he got in over his head and his family suffered for it. He sank to deep and went too far and stopped too short by not acknowledging his sin, and the rest is, well, history. 

So let’s learn some lessons here. Sports are supposed to be clean and fun and pure and natural. And it’s only “natural” because we are all born in sin and shaped in iniquity. We are all sinners in need of a Savior. And His name is Jesus.

And one more lesson needs to be learned: let’s not judge; let’s forgive, but let’s not forget the high price and the soaring cost of playing dirty and living loosely and the ill effect it has on us and on the “game.”

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