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Who Can Be Still?

Who Can Be Still?
With the beginnings this week of Baseball season, and the closure of collegiate basketball, I was struck by the comments of the eleven year old son of columnist Jeff Greenfield. While Dad loves baseball, his son thinks the game is too boring. "When you've seen a home run, that's all there is." The boy and his friends much prefer basketball where the players are constantly moving and "putting moves" on the opponent, doing incredible things with the basketball and their athletic bodies. Having just watched the NCAA championship game, it is true that there are no dull moments in basketball.
So I wonder, has America's pass-time passed its time? For a generation raised on video-games and Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles--where one learns to expect constant action--will there be any interest 20 years from now in a game that takes three hours to play, has a 162 game schedule plus playoffs, and has no slam dunks, behind-the-back passes, no buttons to constantly push to win the video contest, no thrill of hyper-activity to hold our ever decreasing attention spans? In a world in which escapism needs to move faster and faster in order to hold our attention, who will have the time or interest to watch baseball? Perhaps "tradition" will keep us involved with the game, as Jeff Greenfield suggests.
I have this fear that knowing God and being part of church life is going the way of baseball in our time--too slow, too boring; not enough action. What we need is slam-dunk services, action-packed dramatic presentations, Christian arcade games. We need to over-haul the Bible school system to make it more relevant, have more intensity, be more fun. And we need to keep it all as short as possible--who can sit through two hours of anything?
Do you suppose our world can even comprehend the words, "Be still and know that I am God?" Is it possible to create the silence again, slow the pace and lengthen the attention span and remember the creator in the days of our youth? Rather than trying to compete with sports and arcades and the blurr of activity that surrounds us, maybe we need a "just do it" of our own that offers a different life and lifestyle. The question is not whether baseball will survive, but will we?




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