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that the way to niake people good is to make them happy, or to create coa
ditions so they can be happy.
Too many of the teachers of humanity talk down to the people. Their
mental attitude is that of a superior being who sits on some eminence
while the people are down on the ground. And most people listen and
I think people like to go to a baseball game because they can enjoy
themselves without being preached .at, and. can enjoy the physical and
mental excellence of superior athletes. And yet there is a practical sermon
in a baseball game.
Public sentiment has forced the evolution of the rules of baseball grad
ually toward the Golden Rule. People no longer enjoy seeing one base
ball player spike another. They are getting tired of players chewing the
rag with an umpire.
The people know the rules and want the players to play according to
the rules. Where they once cheered a successful dirty trick of-a player on
the home team, there is a growing demand for fair playr and those who
hoot the umpire unless he gives the home team all the breaks on close
plays are growing fewer every day.
I can remember when nobody thought of applauding a good play by
a player on the visiting nine; now it is common.
Did it ever occur to you that the rules of baseball, and the game as
now played, are a sermon on the organization of human society?
Each player has his part to play. The catcher his, the pitcher his, and
each of the basemen and fielders his; and by each minding his own busi
ness that is, playing HIS part we get the team work that makes a great
If all the players were pitchers, there would be no baseball club; and
there would be a row over who should pitch, and who should play the other
positions. Each fellow would want to decide for himself what position he
would play. There would be war no team work, no harmony.
I believe people would enjoy their politics more if politics were as far
advanced as baseball. But politics is as disgraceful now as baseball was
before it got out of the fighting stage.
That's because the political game hasn't developed rules that insure
I think we are learning our politics gradually just as we have learned
our baseball; and that we are becoming less partisan and more in favor of
fair play. But we are far behind the national game in our politics. We
won't give the good players in the other party credit when they play a
good game. We want them to strike out every time they come to bat
I think a clever preacher could preach wonderfully interesting and
illuminating sermon by illustrating Christian philosophy with things peo
ple could understand.
Paul used illustrations that people could understand. In his first epis
tle to the Corinthians, twelfth chapter, he UBed the human body to teach
harmony and order. The entire chapter is well worth reading, but I will
quote only enough of it to illustrate the point Paul said:
"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the mem
Bers of the body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ For in one
Spirit were we all baptised into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether
we be bond 01? free, and have all been made to drink of one Spirit
"For the tbody Is not one member, but many. If thefoot jjhaD sag,