Last week, I posted:
“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 putting pressure on the Cardinals’ organization to cancel Berkman and find another speaker that wasn’t so controversial in their (LGBT) opinion.”
For a number of years, the St. Louis Cardinals have been known for having a number of active Christian players on the team. When future Hall of Fame player Albert Pujols played for the Cardinals, he not only led a regular Bible study, but he was instrumental in leading several of his teammates to accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. His wife, Deidre was also an active Christian who would roam Busch Stadium during home games and witness to teenage girls, often pointing out the message the provocative attire sent out to boys. She would hand out baseball cards with Albert’s picture on one side and Scripture verses on the other.
Needless to say, I was thrilled to hear that the team had selected Berkman to be their featured speaker on Christian Day, July 30 (my 46th wedding anniversary). I’m well aware of Berkman’s outspoken Christian stand on LGBT sinfulness.
Just as I was thrilled with the Cardinals’ Christian Day, I was totally let down but their announcement of their first ever Pride Night on Aug. 25. Here was the team’s announcement:
“Today the St. Louis Cardinals announced the addition of Pride Night to the 2017 Theme Ticket schedule. The Cardinals will host a Pride Night for the first time at Busch Pride Logo Stadium when the Cardinals take on the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, August 25 at 7:15 p.m.”
“‘We are excited to partner with Pride St. Louis to host Pride Night at Busch Stadium,’ said William DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. ‘We have hosted many LGBT groups at Busch Stadium over the years, but this is a bigger effort which will remind fans that everyone is welcome at Busch Stadium. The event will also raise money to help courageous students in our community’.”
Like so many other organizations, the St. Louis Cardinals have thrown their values in the trash can and given in to the demands of a perverse minority. In many ways, the announcement of Pride Night completely undermines their Christian Day, especially with Berkman speaking. It is impossible to be a TRUE BIBLICAL Christian and support or practice homosexuality in way, shape or form. God clearly said it is abominable. In Leviticus 18:22, God said:
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”
Then in Leviticus 20:13, God stated:
“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”
Since God’s word is the only absolute truth there is, nothing man can say can justify the abominable sin of homosexuality. Saying that, I can’t express how disappointed I am over the hypocrisy and compromising actions of the St Louis Cardinals.