The Shadow

"Between the idea / And the reality / Between the motion / And the act / Falls the Shadow . . . For Thine is the Kingdom"

29 May 2007

Is Christianity like cricket?

When you're a saint in 'bad form' and stuck on a sticky wicket; when the ball's not coming onto the bat; when you manage to hit it but you don't quite time it right or hit it straight to a fielder every time; when you're footwork is not smooth; when the ball looks more like a golf ball than a beachball; when the opposition crowd is giving you heaps; when all of this makes you doubt everything you know...what do you do?

Do you just try and bat yourself back into form; do you try and give as much strike away as possible; do you let more than usual go through to the keeper; do you come out of your crease and take a risk?



At 7:27 pm, Blogger Jonathan said...

Have you read Brian Booth and Paul White's book? We need the "twelfth man" as substitute and servant.

Paul had it easy - he didn't have cricket as a metaphor, so he just said we should keep running so that we can win the prize.

At 6:55 pm, Anonymous alex f said...

paul made a lot of runs then.

At 11:27 pm, Blogger tdix said...

Yeah - you keep runnning but to what extent should you give away the strike? Should you go down a division for a while? Or do you stick it out where you are?

At 9:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good topic dude. will think about it and get back to you.

At 3:21 am, Blogger Jonathan said...

If I could answer that, I already would have. In cricket it depends on the state of the game. Rotating the strike helps whether you're avoiding it or not. Perhaps more applicably, you do what the captain tells you. When I was told to just stay in, it took me 10 overs to score 5. Having said that, I don't get the impression that Paul let too many through to the keeper, even if he did give others the strike. Is there more than one division?


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