With God, three strikes and you’re not necessarily out

By Tom Siebert

In Game 2 of the American League Championship Series in 2005, A.J. Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox struck out swinging with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim apparently won the game. However, A.J. realized that he had not been called out, so he ran safely to first base, and the umpire ruled that the Angels catcher had not legally caught the pitch. The White Sox went on to win the game and eventually the World Series.

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This was a rare exception to the “three strikes and you’re out” rule that prevails not only in baseball but in life. Employers often terminate a worker who receives three disciplinary write-ups. Some states have a three-strikes law that sentences offenders to life in prison for three felony convictions. With God, however, three strikes and you’re not necessarily out. The apostle Peter denied the Lord Jesus Christ three times, shortly before He was crucified (John 18:13-27). But when the resurrected Jesus appeared before Peter, He did not fire the repentant disciple from His ministry, instead telling him, “Tend to My sheep” (John 21:16). So when I strike out, which is often, there is still a way to run the path that God has set for me. The Bible states, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

 

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About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a journalism degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. He reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, Tom profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He also worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. Tom is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, he serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. And Tom is on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at his church, Harvest New Beginnings, in Oswego, a suburb west of Chicago. He may be contacted at tmsiebert@gmail.com or (816) 344-7815.
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