It was a full weekend and I came home yesterday evening and crashed before the TV, staying up way too late, watching the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second night in a row beat the Cardinals in extra innings. It was an exciting game as the Cards scored two runs in the top of the 10th. The first batter in the bottom of the ten got on base. Then, with two outs, the Pirates got hot. Five straight hits. They tied the game and then went ahead for a 6-5 win. As they go into the All Star break, the Pirates are playing over .600 ball and are only 2.5 games behind the Cardinals who have the best record in the National League. I’m glad I stayed and watched the ending of the game!
Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird is being released this week. I wasn’t offered an advance copy, so what I know about the book is only what others have reported. There appears to be as an uproar over the fact that Atticus Finch is seen in the new novel which is set in the 1950s as a segregationist. Some readers are disappointed. But I wonder if maybe the new novel will flesh out his character more and make him like the rest of us. No one is perfect. We certainly have seen many idols shattered. Think of Bill Cosby, or Bill Clinton (or those who led his impeachment who were later discovered to have skeletons in their own closets). People who are put on pedestals are often knocked off because none of us can live up to the hype. Pride goes before the fall, the Good Book tells us… The Reformed doctrine of Total Depravity plays out as true over and over again. Even religious leaders who had done great things for their communities are often discovered to have clay feet. John Calvin did incredible things for those who were refugees in the 16th Century, but did not intervene to save Servetus from the stake. Martin Luther, who helped kick off the Reformation, was also anti-Semitic, especially in his later writings. Martin Luther King, Jr, who helped bring needed change to America also had his struggles with infidelity. Getting back to Atticus, maybe the question to ponder is why he did what is right in To Kill a Mockingbird while harboring racist sentiments. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, Paul writes, yet as individuals, despite our failures, we can do some amazing and wonderful things. And that’s to be celebrated!