Diane and I are following the political conventions. We’re following more closely than most people but still change the channel in disgust. Republican or Democrat, how much of this can we take?
Last night my White Sox beat the Cubs in the first of a four-game series. If you grew up in Chicago, as Diane did, or in Chicagoland, as I did, you know in your gut this is more important to the cosmos than the Donkey vs. the Elephant. Don’t say, “I like both teams.” Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters.”
Why do we leave serious matters for diversions like sports? Because we’re not machines. God created us to live in paradise, and we did until sin entered the world. Wars and holocausts, divorce and divisions… we weren’t designed for that. Sin and evil has corrupted the image of God in which humanity was created. We wear down. The Creator’s Word recreates humanity. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Matthew 11:28).
What’s your diversion? Sports, hobbies? Healthy life needs margins, ready ways to cope. It’s part of Sabbath living and the image of God being recreated in us, living in God’s garden (see Genesis 2:15). “He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14).