Where’s Home Plate?
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
In baseball, home plate is essential. It is used to determine if the pitch was a ball or a strike. It is the focus of attention for everyone watching the game, as well as the pitcher, catcher, batter, and umpire. Whichever team touches it the most times wins the game. The game continues until at least one person touches it. It is the “absolute” of baseball. If you lose home plate you no longer have baseball. Much of our world has lost “home plate,” an absolute.
The fourteenth psalm begins with, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” While many in our culture say they believe in God, our culture has largely rejected God’s absolute truths and has put itself in the place of God. People are their own god. They will decide what is true.
Notice how often moral questions are answered with “I feel that...” or “My experience has been…” The determining factor in making decisions is what I feel, what I have experienced, or what I think, not God’s truth. Whether you or I accept God’s truth, doesn’t change it at all. When you lose home plate, the game is over.