When I was 7 years old my step-brother came to live with us for a year. He was 14 and my sister and I thought that he hung the moon. He played store with us, taught us to catch a baseball, and was OBSESSED with Jose Canseco. Because he loved baseball, so did we, and we even amassed a fairly large baseball card collection.
Once my step-brother moved away, my obsession with baseball continued. Until the 1990 lockout. This offended my 9-year-old morals and I vowed to never watch baseball again.
And I really haven’t other than the odd game here and there. Every once in a while I pull out my baseball cards and remember that summer with my brother.
This morning I heard a bit on the radio about Aaron Lewis’ snafu with the national anthem at the World Series game last night. Instead of “at the twilight’s last gleaming,” he sang, “were so gallantly streaming.”
First of all, this is funny because Aaron Lewis made a little speech about Christina Aguilera “changing the words” to the national anthem when she sang it at the Super Bowl in 2011. While Aaron Lewis just sang the wrong line at the wrong time, and she totally changed the lyric, the irony is not lost.
My question is, how is this news? Maybe my opinion is “stained” (hahahahahaha! Maybe It’s Been A While since you got down to some late 90’s rock) because I like Aaron Lewis a whole lot more than I like Christina Aguilera.
The fact that we take stories like this, where clearly the dude was nervous and made an honest mistake, and dissect it, label him, and turn it into news speaks to our fallen state. If we can fixate on someone else’s humanity for one moment, maybe it distracts us from our own.
“We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” – Isaiah 64:6
“The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:9
I would challenge to not to participate in the gossip mongering and celebrity bashing. The dude sang a line wrong, big deal. Make it a point to encourage someone today instead of tearing them down.
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
This is day 27 in the series 31 Days Of Learning To Be Positive. Click here to check out the entire series.