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I try all the reasoned approaches I know to settle myself down:
Dont embarrass yourself or your children.
Its only a game.
Its not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.
Their life doesnt depend on it.
Just relax and enjoy it.
Is this wrong?
Yes, and no.
Its not wrong to desire fairness. Its not wrong to want people to play by the rules of the game. Its not wrong to want the officials to know the rules and administer them fairly. Those are essential and important attitudes. But, to lose all sense of decorum, to attack volunteer officials verbally or physically, and to embarrass the children by our behavior is clearly out of place, improper, and, may I say it frankly, its ungodly.
The reason this behavior is so wrong is not just because it sets a bad example. You see, it is nearly always based on our personally biased position as a parent, and it is directed in most instances against someone doing his or her best as a volunteer.
Corrupt political officials
Institutional and personal prejudice
Those who prey on our old, infirm, or handicapped
Church leaders who morally or ethically abuse those they lead
Sexual abuse and sexual crimes
Jesus cleansing of the Temple is our reminder that a holy anger is not only tolerable, but sometimes the only proper response to things that are unfair, unwholesome, and ungodly. Jesus fury with religious leaders who put their traditions above the needs of someone broken by life reminds us that we need to get upset about similar things. Jesus indignation about things demonically touched and controlled reminds us of his mission to break Satans strangle hold on our world and give us liberation.
So, the next time we find ourselves growing incensed at bad calls at kid games, lets take a moment and count to ten. But, lets not leave it there. Lets write ourselves a note of reminder to go vent our anger on something worthy righteous indignation and holy berserkness.
Letuse our pent up frustration and anger to move us to be redemptive, not just embarrassing to ourselves and our kids. Lets pick a problem or an issue, do some research, and involve our children as we try to make an impact in areas where unfair is more than just a difference over a judgment call in Little League, it is a matter of righteousness and ungodliness.
Title: "It's Not Fair!"
Author: Phil Ware
Publication Date: June 5, 2000
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