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Deflate-gate is the Dumbest Sports Story Ever!

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Could there be a stupider story than “deflate-gate?” This has to rank as the dumbest story ever, and shows the level of twaddle we are willing to accept. The Patriots destroyed the Colts by over five touchdowns. The idea that the air pressure level of the ball had anything to do with the outcome of the game defies all logic. Don’t get me wrong. I am no fan of Belichick or Tom Brady. I hope the Seahawks dismantle New England. But as far as the AFC Championship game was concerned, it didn’t matter if the balls were inflated to the bursting point or if they were dead flat, the Colts were going to lose, and lose big. Are we really this desperate for a story that we have to keep this ridiculous one going?

I try to keep in mind that the paths of the Lord lead to life, joy, contentment, inner satisfaction, peace, steadiness, freedom, hope and power to truly love others, even one’s enemies. It may not seem so in the short-term, but in the end, “he who does the will of God abides forever.” God intends to bless us in His ways, and thus, He is never defeated in them. Not so the paths of disobedience. Though rebellion against God’s unchanging commands and promises may provide a certain pleasure or happiness for a season, it ultimately plunges individuals, communities and nations into ruin, misery, futility, weariness of soul, despair, desperate grasping for new experiences, disloyalty, and hopelessness. It may also lead to awakening, to an ability to see the howling wasteland that is a life of rejecting God’s grace and truth, to a hunger for holiness and righteousness. It may take time, even generations, for this to dawn on people, but we can be sure that God’s purposes for His Word will ultimately win out. We do especially well to remember this when the purveyors of “sexual liberty” and “freedom” are gaining the upper hand, so to speak, when they are silencing dissent. “For by uttering boastful, empty words, they seduce, with fleshly desires and debauchery, people who have barely escaped from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption.” (2 Peter 2:18-19). Slaves of corruption cannot build or sustain any kind of culture which leads to human flourishing over the long-run. 

It is always interesting where conversations can go when I am willing to ask people questions. People are generally interesting, and there is always something about their life stories that you would not expect. If we would ask people questions about themselves in our conversations, we would find that often even the mundane details of others’ lives can pique our interest in who they are. When I have been intentional about asking people questions in my conversations with them, I almost always look back on those conversations and ask myself, “Why do I not do that more often?”


Written by Michael Duenes

January 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm

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