Baseball / Sports / World Magazine / March 10, 2014

Do We Really Want Honesty?

From my latest article at

“I hope they go 0-162.”

Well, that wasn’t a terribly nice thing for Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler to say about his former team, the Texas Rangers. Texas traded Kinsler to Detroit during the offseason, and because he apparently holds a grudge against his former employer, he fired off this reply to a question posed by Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. Once Kinsler’s comment went viral, media members skewered him, calling him “surly, cocky, and competitive” andridiculous and childish. It didn’t stir up as much outrage as Richard Sherman’s infamous rant at Erin Andrews after January’s NFC Championship game, but Kinsler’s spouting off falls into the same category.

Mainstream media’s relationship with athletes and coaches is confused. Everyone wants a scoop, a gold nugget of a sound bite. But instead they get pat, boring answers. Why? Because they ask pat, boring questions. Reporter: “What kind of adjustments do you need to make at halftime to get back into this game?” Coach: “We just need to play better defense and score more points.” Wow, gripping stuff there!

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This sort of tension and confused relationship reminds me of what we encounter at church. Christians attest to valuing openness and authenticity. Authenticity is, in fact, one of the most appreciated traits of our day. Most often, though, we engage each other with the same pat, meaningless questions.

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Read the full article HERE.

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1 Comment

Mar 10, 2014

Using the understanding of 12-step programs like AA, what is meant is that we are rigorously honest *with ourselves* and *about sins/defects/failings/shortcomings — but we’re not called to be “brutally honest” with others. To do so is prideful and lacking humility, which will only make our sobriety, our spiritual progress, and especially our fellowship with our Creator precarious. AA’s way is to always approach others with same type of love and kindness and grace that we received from others when we first showed up.

Of course, there are many unbiblical things about AA and 12-step programs, but they do seem to have a handle on this authenticity thing, understanding the false dichotomy of being rigorously honest about ourselves vs. being brutally honest with everyone else.

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