Mr. Moore Plays Baseball

Listening When He Speaks
Today at High Calling Blogs, Bradley J. Moore wrote a piece entitled, “Is It Taboo To Talk About Your Beliefs at Work?” Initially he whacked the ball with that title. Admittedly, it got me riled. Right here in my cheep stadium seat, I scooted to the edge and readied myself to stand and holler, or at least catch the ball if he hit a dangerous foul into the crowd.

Yes, I read the entire article (couple of times) and Mr. Moore gives some interesting insight and reasoning whilst he runs the bases. I can even taste a little bit of the dirt he stirred. As he rounds third and heads home, he leaves these fine prints in his dust,

Each of us are spiritual beings, searching for meaning and purpose in what we do every day.

Who knows. Maybe I’ll start a secret club where business leaders meet to talk about how our faith meets up with our work. No one will know what we’re really up to. But soon, everyone will want to join.”

Since I took as much time with my comment over at HCB as I generally do with posts here, I will just share it with ya today…

Certainly our thoughts, words and deeds need to reflect Christ’s love, but to step back and remain quiet for fear of being taboo, is not something we are called to do. Is it?

“But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 NKJV)

I am more afraid of disappointing God than I am of man’s reaction to knowing I am a Christian.

Look around, the amoral minority of our country is on a rampage. They are bulldozing under Christian beliefs regarding family structure (please, read this news article for an example) and the sanctity of life.

Too many Christians are blending into the background for fear of man’s reaction to their faith. I am not saying we should march around with high knees while we thump bibles and toot obnoxious horns, but given the opportunity or faced with a question of morality and virtue, we must speak out for what is right and righteous. And in doing so, if our actions (of kindness, respect, integrity, and honor) match the things of our mouths, then we are not being taboo, we are living as if Christ was in the room.

As was said in a recent Washington Times article by Charmaine Yoest and Alveda King where they discuss righteous perseverance in seemingly unreasonable and difficult situations throughout history, “Remembering this, may our consciences press us onward.”

I think you are right, in these troubled times people do want deeper connections and they want to know that they are more than a paper pusher, factory worker, newspaper editor, or homeschooling mom. I hope that your clandestine meetings do make the web for Christ so alluring that you fill it up.

I hope we are all more are willing to show that we indeed are the sum of our beliefs.

Before we even pick up the bat, we gotta know how to whack the ball and run the bases, because someone is always going to be bringing the heat.

I for one want the back of my shirt to say “God’s Team: We Are the Sum of Our Beliefs” — what about you? What does your shirt say?


7 thoughts on “Mr. Moore Plays Baseball”

  1. Darlene,I can't pass up getting involved where baseball is involved:)I didn't read Mr. Moore's piece, but I think you're right. I guess the biggest problem is the disconnect between our practicing and preaching. Living it instead of just saying it sure gives us some credibility. And, I'll join your team as long as I get a good signing bonus:)

  2. Hey Jeff,God's signing bonus is the best–eternal life. Mine on the other hand are just drippy orange slices.And Mr. Moore's article does talk about living (& working) in a manner reflective of God's light, but I lean more toward living it not only out loud with our actions, but also with our vocalized words.Blessings.

  3. Well, now I gotta go read Brad's article. What a great comment.Still sitting here with my mouth hanging open after looking at that photograph. Is is okay to say a baseball picture is beautiful? I don't know why I like it so much, but wow…truly a work of art.

  4. Hey Girl! (as in Country Grrl!) Thanks again for linking to my post, and for your very thoughtful and passionate response to it! Here is the comment I left for you also over at HCB:—————————-ASCG- I appreciate your passion and concern for standing up for justice and righteousness. This is surely our responsibility as Christians, and as Nancy pointed out in a previous comment, it is something we will at times have to face in work/business settings. But if you look at the comments here made by most everyone who is working/recently working in a corporate environment, you see that they all speak of the same issue (more or less): it’s tricky to “stand out” too much as Christian, especially when there is not really any unrighteousness or injustice going on. For most of us, it’s about showing up every day and putting the best of who you are into a job that needs to get done. And in the process you are building relationships with people and making impressions, etc. So, I don’t think it is so much about people shying away from “taking a stand”. It’s more about not coming off like arrogant religious nutcases in inappropriate circumstances. Thus all the discussion of building trust and relationships prior to sharing the spiritual stuff. And also, what about all that stuff Paul says in I Thes. 4;11 (Hey! I’m quoting scripture! Call the press!) “11Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you,minding your own business and leading a quiet life”;Also Paul talks about “becoming all things to all people” so that he can relate better to them; And Jesus saying, “be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves…”To me, there are plenty of scriptures that back up the idea of blending in and making a positive impression on people to win them over. That is not the same thing as giving in or giving up or wimping out.

  5. Bradley,Yes, indeed, I agree with you. I thought you hit a home run with the piece! And if you notice my blog title and theme scripture, it is "aspire to lead a quiet life." Sometimes I just riled up regarding the political realm. Apparently I should step away from the computer and gather my senses between reading political news and responding to articles. 😉 I reckon this will be the first and last time I take someone else's well-written piece and try to blend it into my own caffeinated brew. Crazy lady (that would be me) must need some fresh air. Or a vacation. Or both.Blessings.

  6. I like reading this–lots of energy in the post and even in the comments! That's part of this broader conversation that HighCalling people really enjoy. I think we grow from hearing each others' points of view (did I punctuate that correctly?). I've worked at a church and from home as a writer.But the overall point does extend even to my blogging–is there a boldness missing from my words there?

If you have somethin' to say, I reckon this is where you should do it. (If you're a newbie hereabouts, your first comment will be held for approval - cuts down on spam.) Thank ye for chatting!

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