Can We Stop Complaining and Start Appreciating Steph Curry? – Opinion

From the sports desk, located below the decks of The Good Pirate Ship Red State. Yesterday was something of a sports junkie’s dream come true, as almost every significant professional sport was in action. Given the state of the world today, this is an excellent diversion. Let’s dig in, shall we?

To me, the Golden State Warriors home opener was the highlight of the day. The Warriors played the admittedly shaky Los Angeles Clippers. They raced to a 19 point lead in the first quarter, only for them to be outmanned by the Clippers who roared back for a one-point advantage into the halftime. The game remained a tight affair until the end, with Golden State eking out a 115-113 victory due in no small part to Steph Curry’s 45 points.

Curry had 25 of the 45 points scored in the quarter. In every manner possible, he scored. He made long-distance, three-pointers. Curry ran through the lane as if a invisible force field was protecting him, and he sped up to the basket for the layup. From inside the basket, Floaters. There was a quick yet unhurried elegant grace to his play, an athletic equivalent to when a musician such as Eric Clapton lays into a solo, every note smooth and polished to perfection through years of putting in the work via countless hours relentlessly practicing in pursuit of greatness. Such is the case with Curry, who, even on a night where the shots aren’t falling, as was the case in the Warriors season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center, still emerged with a triple-double.

To put it mildly, the world is in chaos right now. Incompetent and weak President. Supply chain miseries promising only to get worse. China flexing its military muscle and rattling its saber at Taiwan. Labeling parents terrorists for the “crime” of objecting to their children being force-fed radical doctrine in school. It’s very, very difficult to be hopeful right now.

The kings, chronicles philosophy and their deployment are essential in this world. The Old Testament’s Old Testament is the source of the kings, chronicles and other philosophy. The books of I and II Kings and I and II Chronicles both deal with Israel’s history. I once heard a wise Bible scholar explain that the best way to look at these books, both covering the same period yet both very, very different in what they chose to detail, is that Kings is history from man’s perspective. At the same time, Chronicles is history from God’s perspective. For example: In Kings, we read all about King David’s failures and foibles, including the story of Bathsheba. Reader’s Digest version: David saw Bathsheba, the wife of one of David’s most loyal generals, bathing one night. David started to feel the hormones and began talking sweetly with Bathsheba about having an affair. He had an affair with her. Unfortunately, there was no available cover story for this as Bathsheba’s husband was away in battle at the time. David called him back from the front and (ahem) “suggested” he “relax” with the Mrs. He refused, saying that my men were fighting in the field and are dying. David said, okay, go back to the troops … and gave orders to leave his loyal general with everything but a target on him in the next battle. David married the grieving widow and the general was eventually killed. This behavior was so outrageous that it would have made even a Democrat blush. Later on, Kings gives the whole sordid story of David’s son Absalom.

Chronicles doesn’t mention these stories. David’s only failure considered worthy of note is when he decided to take a census, something strictly prohibited under Mosaic Law. Other than that, it’s all about the things David did right, the things leading God to call David A man who is true to His heart

Every once in awhile, maybe just occasionally, we can try to look at other people with the same grace that we pray God gives when we see Him. We need to stop complaining about His creation and instead appreciate it. Let’s forget politics for a moment and just enjoy His creations, whether they are artistic or athletic. God doesn’t stop loving people for holding the wrong political views. He doesn’t hand out free passes either; while the penalty of sin was forgiven at the Cross, the consequences of sin remain. This appropriately noted, acknowledging and praising performances such as Steph Curry’s last night will not immediately cast you into the lake of wokeism fire. Promise.

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