Yesterday was the MLB All-Star game which matches up the American League vs the National League. With Prince Fielder hitting a three-run homer and Roy Holiday and his relief staying in control the National League propelled to beat the AL 5-1 for its first two-game winning streak since the mid-1990’s.
The victory gave the NL home field advantage in the World series. With several big name all-stars missing at Chase Field, the AL lost more than a game. Several of the players including Josh Beckett and Miguel Cabrera bowed out and left due to injuries. In all, 16 of 84 All-stars dropped out including Derek Jeter who needed a break, and others. So instead there was for the American League players like: Avila, Cano, Beltre, Hamilton, Ortiz, Joyce, Young and Weaver to name a few and for the National League players like: McCann, Fielder, Holliday, Beltran, Cain, Granderson, Martin and Halladay to name a few. Some question what the game is all about and if the rules should change.
There is another set of All-Stars mentioned not in the sports headlines but in the book Of Hebrews in the Bible. They aren’t All-Stars that can hit, catch or throw a baseball and get paid to do it but they are All-Stars of Faith. Hebrews 11 gives us a list of All-Stars: Abraham, Moses, Noah, Enoch, Abel, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Rahab, Gideon, David and on and on. There are other all stars not mentioned by name but mentioned by what they did. “Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a new resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned, they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword.” Hebrews 11:35-37a
They were commended for their faith, not for their athletic ability and one day together with those who keep the faith will be rewarded not home field advantage but a home in heaven. So keep swinging away and as Hebrews 12, since we are surrounded by these great cloud of witnesses, to throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that easily entangles and run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us not question what the game is all about but question our own faith.