Yesterday, after an entire off-season where I have been desperately trying to muster support and excitement, my beloved Pittsburgh Penguins pulled a block-buster trade and landed the services of Phil Kessel. I thought when his name first started flying around that the Pens would have to give up far too much to bring him in. Turns out, I was wrong.
But then today something truly bizarre hit the news. For those who don't follow hockey as religiously as I do, our General Manager (aka: dude who made this trade) is Jim Rutherford. "Grandpa Jim" as he is somewhat affectionately called used to be the General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, who haven't made the playoffs in years and are the hockey team equivalent of a dumpster fire. So to recap, the Carolina Hurricanes only involvement in our Kessel trade was that our General Manager used to work for them. This is what their owner said at a press conference yesterday:
Again, if you don't know hockey, that might not mean much to you. But what it really boils down to is a guy who's team isn't doing so well spitting sour grapes at a former employee who moved on to greener pastures. Some people it turns out don't know how to move on.
This kind of thing is not unique it turns out. In the wake of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in favor of same-sex marriage, some Christians have absolutely lost their minds, trying to dig their heels into the ground and keep the fight alive. Check out this video from last night's news:
I've never really been all the keen on the same-sex marriage debate, if only because I feel like we as Christians have so many other things to deal with right now. Our numbers are declining rapidly, people in the world are still hungry, and justice is perverted all over the place in our culture as a means to make a quick buck. But somewhere along the way this became the issue where we would demonstrate our need to stand strong for what we believe in, even if the battle was fought and the war decided. I don't at all have a problem with same-sex marriage, and will probably even perform a few when I'm ordained, so perhaps that colors in my perspective on this. But I feel like a lot of Christians are just like that hockey owner. We'll just keep fighting this fight as long as there is a microphone in front of our face.
Maybe I'm alone in this, but do you feel like perhaps it's time for us as Christians to move on?