I have been watching a fair bit of cricket this summer. It’s a great relaxing pastime but it can soon take over a few days. I have been thinking – cricket is the only sport which doesn’t have rules, it has Laws instead. The Laws of Cricket were originally enshrined by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the basic rules such as bat and ball, the wicket, pitch dimensions, overs, how out, etc. have existed since time immemorial – probably around the late medieval period.
In other words, the major Laws are fixed – they cannot be altered. If you use a non-wooden bat or a smaller ball, or the pitch is not exactly 22 yards long, you are not playing cricket. “It’s not cricket” was a saying applied to a lack of obedience or fairness in any part of life.
But consider this: the Laws of cricket are man-made rules and no-one would ever think of changing them without a lot of argument and strife. But what about God’s Laws – most people wouldn’t give a fig about breaking one or more of them. Who is God but an invisible figment of a Christian’s imagination, many would say.
But this problem is also creeping into the Churches. Now that the homosexual monster is raising its ugly head again by draconian actions through Victoria’s Premier (Daniel Andrews), it will be harder to preach and teach about sin and the Bible’s teaching of God’s laws for love and human sexuality.
Many Churches and not a few Pastors and Church leaders will also be threatened by what “The Age” calls the “insidious” influence of the evangelical Churches, in opposition to homosexual marriage, which will continue to stand against the flow.
It may come to the time when blogs like this are banned, Churches are monitored and the thought police are dominating the airwaves and print media completely.
My prayer is that you will keep up the good fight, keep praying and looking up for the soon return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
God bless you.