In response to Jonathan McKnight’s challenge, I am offering an outline treatise for the support of the Chicago Cubs. This is not a finished document, but I have taken liberty to create a brief summary of the biblical foundations extolling us all to "root, root, root for the Cubbies." You can offer your own theological reasons for support too… or you can challenge me if you are unbelieving… but if you have eyes to see and ears to hear, you could convert.
1. 1 Samuel 15:7. It’s said over and over, the Cubs of the past may not have looked pretty, but they had a heart that was beautiful to people that could see past the glitz of other teams.
2 The Stump of Jesse. You wouldn’t expect such power and consistent truth to be kindled in such a humble frame… and then ignite an undying fire that sweeps across the world.
3. Isaiah 53. People considered him smitten and afflicted by God… but it was the Lord’s good plan… When he sees all that is accomplished, he will be given honors of one who is mighty and great.
4. The Sling and the Stone. A good pitching staff can slay the opposition. Notice too that David had faith… backed it up with action… and then everyone else jumped on the bandwagon.
5. Samson and the Jawbone. He wasn’t perfect, but he did hit for a high average… and he led the league in slugging percentage too.
6. Revelation 9. Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a baseball that had fallen to Bartman from the sky, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. When he opened it, smoke poured out…
as though from a huge furnace, and the sunlight and air were darkened
by the smoke. Then Sosa came from the smoke and corked his bat,
sneezed too hard and left the clubhouse, and Steve Garvey ruined their
1984 postseason run, and no one helped Ernie Banks, and the people
7. The Beattitudes. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will
be comforted. Blessed are those who are gentle and lowly, for the
whole earth shall beong to them. Blessed are those who hunger and
thirst for righteousness, for they shall receive it in full. Blessed
are those who are persecuted because they believed in the Cubs since
the first game they saw back in 1979. Be happy! Be glad! For a great reward
7. Creation, the Fall, and Redemption. God makes everything
good, we mess it up, God makes everything good again. In the first
part of the 20th century, the Cubs were the best team in baseball…
amassing victories and records that haven’t been broken still. Then
they fell into generations of wallow. God would occasionally raise up
a mighty warrior (eg. Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Ryne
Sandberg), but the people continued to succumb to failure. But the
time came for God to offer brilliant hope… a hope that had remained
throughout the misery of the past… a hope evident in the glorious ivy
of Wrigley… a hope that the Kingdom would one day shine again. This,
my friends, is the story of the Gospel.
8. Eschatological Victory. In the end, God makes everything
right. Those who got the mark of the Yankees were cast into the lake
of shame, and those who suffered and stayed true to the Cubs, rejoiced
9. 100 years. Not since 1908 have the Cubs won a World Series. Seems like there should be something biblical about this…
10. Psalm 22, 23, 24. The story of the Cubs is a living
metaphor for the heart of Scripture. And yes, when Ramirez drives in
Soriano for the game winning run in World Series, I will declare: "Open
up, ancient Wrigley gates! Open up, ancient doors! And let the King
of glory enter!"