Why does Matt Murphy need a Police Escort?

Well, to the surprise of no one, San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds broke the Major League Baseball Home Run record last night. However, this is not what I want to dwell on, but rather something more indicative of our society. That is, something besides the obsession with the “integrity” of a game when integrity in real life is often frowned upon as the vestiges of an antiquated worldview.

What is more interesting to me (even though I enjoy baseball) is what happened when the record-setting ball hit the stands. According to this story, a man named Matt Murphy surfaced from beneath the feeding frenzy that erupted as the ball succumbed to gravity.

The article describes what happened after Murphy came away with the ball,

His face was bloodied and his clothes stretched and torn from his battle in the bleachers.

A team of San Francisco police officers moved in, extracted Murphy from the crowd, and quickly led him through a tunnel and into a secure room.

The year is 2007 and we think ourselves pretty smart don’t we? At least far more advanced than some ancient Hebrew shepherds, fishermen and vertically-challenged former Pharisee who claim to have received revelation from the One and Only Living God.

Just yesterday, I held an iPhone for the first time and marveled at the technological achievement it represents, realizing at the same time that what hits the market is nowhere near cutting edge technology (to see that we’d have to go check out Steve Jobs’ pad).

Yet, a gaggle of police officers have to escort a man out of a sporting event (in which grown men are paid insane amounts of cash to swat at balls) for the simple reason that other people will take (if given the opportunity) from him something which is in his possession.

And as ridiculous as this sounds the escort is needed because of a small spherical object composed of cork, rubber, yarn, string, and leather which of course, our society will place great value on due to the circumstances which this ball has found itself in.

The need for Murphy to have police escort (especially in “tolerant” San Francisco) is yet another illustration of the evil found in the heart of man. I, for one, do not need any more convincing that there is something seriously amiss within human beings.

I wholeheartedly agree with that vertically-challenged former Pharisee when he describes the human condition using the words penned by an ancient Hebrew shepherd-turned-king,

THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;

THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,

THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;

ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY
HAVE BECOME USELESS;

THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,

THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE

Romans 3:10-12

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5 Responses to Why does Matt Murphy need a Police Escort?

  1. dlukebray says:

    Interesting…I appreciate your insight. Just curious but how do know that Paul was short?

    Luke

  2. dlukebray says:

    This will be my last post for the evening, I promise. You’re not a SBC-er are you? I noticed Al Mohlers blog on the side along with some other hints. Do you attend Southern Seminary?

  3. Laz says:

    Thanks for your comment Luke.

    Tradition holds that Paul was short of stature. While I’m not married to the idea, the name Paulos does signify “small or little”.

  4. Laz says:

    Luke,
    No I am not an “SBC-er” (LOL), but I must ask, what if I was?

  5. -kf says:

    I’ve found that professional sports in general are a carnival ride of banality. If you think Major League Baseball is bad, you should see how slovenly and mean NASCAR fans get. They are fine as long as their driver wins and they are plied with enough beer throughout the day, otherwise their resemblance to human beings becomes questionable.

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