The game was scoreless in the second quarter of the 1929 Rose Bowl when Georgia Tech’s John Thomason fumbled. California’s Roy Riegels recovered the ball and took off for the Tech goal line. But suddenly Riegels did something that forever earned him a place in football folklore. What happened next is the reason why the California Supreme Court ought to reverse its recent decision in giving homosexuals the right to marry.
When you shoot free throws in basketball, where do you aim? At the basket, of course. Nope. That’s too broad a target. The best shooters aim at the front of the rim. With proper ball rotation, even a short shot is more likely to go in. If you’re a parent, businessperson, artist, or really anyone – and happen to be a Christian – where do you aim? I think our targets – the human heart, culture, or character – are too broad. Why not aim at what David, the Apostle Paul, Martin Luther, the Puritans, and William Wilberforce did?
It ain’t what you know…
For the last 100 years there’s been a divisive debate over whether God created the world in six 24-hour days, six long ages, simply supervised evolution, or had nothing to do with it. This contest would benefit from Mark Twain’s caution: it ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. One person with a seat at creation was even tougher: we deserve a kick in the seat of the pants.
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) supposedly started a riot when he discovered that, contrary to what the church taught and everyone believed, the earth revolves around the sun. The Copernican Revolution helped “science suddenly burst forth when a weakened Christianity could no longer prevent it.”1 This makes for a great story except for one niggling detail. It didn’t happen that way. Huh? Don’t worry. Stumbling over truth can be fun, Horace Walpole said—but only if you know what to do after losing your footing.