I haven’t been able to get that phrase out of my mind since I heard it Monday night during the MLB Home-run Derby. In case you missed it, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers put on quite a show and thanked Jesus all along the way.
Now you might be saying, “Yeah but a lot of athletes do that” and you’d be right but Josh is different. Drafted #1 in 1999, he was a can’t miss superstar until injuries started to mount. During his down time he started experimenting with drugs that eventually led to a heroine and cocaine addiction as well as a 2 year suspension by major league baseball.
However, he started a relationship with Christ and was set free from his addictions and slowly but surely he made his way back to the pro’s and now to the All-Star game. In all his interviews he never stops telling people about Jesus and how He has turned his life around.
Monday night as Josh launched 28 home-runs in the first round alone (a record), ESPN’s Rick Reilly said, “It’s a bad night to be an atheist.”
That got me thinking…what would it take for someone to say about Chambersburg, “That’s a bad town to live in if you’re an atheist.” Now not from a mean standpoint…we want United to be a place where everyone is welcome and people can explore the claims of Jesus and the Bible without undo pressure. So what I do mean is…what if we made Jesus name so famous throughout this region that people just couldn’t help but be influenced by all of us? What if like Josh Hamilton we weren’t ashamed to give the credit where credit is really due? What if like Josh we took the money and influence we do have and made sure that more people heard the good news? Mmmm…might be a bad place to live if you’re an atheist.