I’m a lifelong, diehard fan of the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team. As a kid, I lived across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, in Granite City, Illinois. My dad took us to several Cardinal games at Sportsman’s Park (Busch Stadium) in the late 1950s. At one of those games, in 1958, my dad caught a homerun ball hit by Hall of Famer Stan Musial. He gave the ball to us boys to play with, and then my dad later gave the ball to me. I still have that ball and eventually was able to get Musial to sign it for me. I have it on a small shelf with other Cardinals memorabilia and a small jar of my dad’s ashes.
One of the things I’ve liked about the St. Louis Cardinals for many years is their support for Christianity and Christian players. When future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols still played with the Cardinals, he was involved in converting a couple of his teammates to Christianity. Pujols and his wife were very active Christians. She had baseball cards of Albert made up with Scripture verses on the back. She would roam the ballpark during home games and witness to young teenage girls and pointing out the consequences of their inappropriate clothes. Many of the St. Louis Cardinal players have met for prayer and Bible study and to support each other.
It was no surprise to me when I saw the Cardinals’ announcement of Christian Day, scheduled for Sunday, July 30. I wish I could be there as they are hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks that day, my second favorite team. The featured speaker is Lance Berkman, a former Cardinals outfielder, who has played in All-Star games and helped the team win the 2011 World Series Championship. In addition to Berkman, current Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny and a number of current players will also be taking part in the Christian Day event, which will take place shortly after the conclusion of the game.
A number of professional sports teams hold Christian Day events, often with Christian bands performing. My wife, daughter and now her husband attended a Christian Day event held by the Cincinnati Reds nearly 10-years ago. Like many of these Christian Day events they are very well attended.
With the announcement of Lance Berkman as being their featured speaker at Christian Day, the LGBT community instantly reacted. They began puting pressure on the Cardinals’ organization to cancel Berkman and find another speaker that wasn’t so controversial in their (LGBT) opinion.
Why are they so adamantly against allowing Berkman to speak at the Christian Day event? It’s because Berkman has been outspoken about true Christian values which by their very nature clash with the LGBT agenda.
In 2015, Berkman spoke out against the push to make public bathrooms transgender. In Houston, where he spoke out about why he was against transgender bathrooms due to his Christian faith, the LGBT community labeled him a homophobe, which is their way of criticizing anyone who doesn’t accept their perverse and anti-Christian lifestyle. In a radio interview, Berkman said:
“To me tolerance is the virtue that’s killing this country. We’re tolerant of everything. You know, everything is OK, and as long as you want to do it and as long as it feels good to you then it’s perfectly acceptable do it. Those are the kinds of things that lead you down a slippery slope, and you’ll get in trouble in a hurry.”
“The issue is, what to do about a 15 or 16-year-old boy who thinks he’s a girl and wants to shower with the girls? Maybe he is [transgender], maybe he’s confused. But I wouldn’t want him in the shower with my daughters. We shouldn’t have the rights of 2 percent of the population trump the rights of the other 98 percent. Is it a mental choice? I don’t know. But it’s a Pandora’s Box.”
What Berkman is saying is that the tolerance demanded by 2% of the population also means that this 2% practices intolerance on the 98% majority and infringes on our rights, freedoms and faith. They want everyone to tolerate and accept them but they are unwilling to tolerate and accept anyone who doesn’t hold to their views.
It wouldn’t surprise me to see LGBT activists protesting outside Busch Stadium up to and including the day of the event. They’ll probably do their best to prevent Christians from listening to Berkman, including trying to disrupt the event. After all, the last thing they want anyone to hear is the truth, especially the biblical truth.