LADY AT THE BAT: Doing What God Wanted

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Doing What God Wanted

Only one thing stood out for me during Andy Pettitte's press conference yesterday: When he first tried HGH back in 2002, he felt in his heart that it was the right thing to do, that it was what God wanted him to do. As soon as those words came out of his mouth I said to myself, He's going to get killed for saying that.

Well he wasn't exactly murdered but a lot of people didn't understand him. I keep hearing people say that he's hiding behind his religion. As someone who was raised around (but, later rejected) the same religion, I kind of understand what he was trying to say. Because of my rejection of these beliefs I have no desire to explain it. I will say, however, that I have always admired the way Andy Pettite has practiced his religion. I've never met Pettitte but, as far as I can tell, it has always been a personal thing with him. It's always between him and his God. He has never, to my knowledge, acted condescendingly to anyone who was not born again. He has never gotten on a soap box and proclaimed that people with other beliefs are lesser thans. He has never come across as believing he is better than someone because he's born again. It is people who do do these things that make other people reject Christianity.

If I get to a game Pettitte pitches this season, he'll definitely get a standing ovation, even if it's only from me.

The Lady

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