I just read an interesting analogy about maintaining standards, and I’d like to share it with you. It was a social media post that used an example from the sports world.
In baseball, home plate is 17 inches wide. In order to get a strike called on the batter, the pitcher must throw the ball over the plate. What if the pitcher doesn’t like that standard? Does he demand that we start to use a larger home plate? If so, then how large? Would 18 inches be big enough? What about 20? Some might lobby for 30!
I think it is safe to say that baseball will not change the size of home plate. Pitchers will have to accept the standard that was set a long time ago and has been maintained over many years.
God has set certain moral standards for mankind. We are not to steal, kill, or lie, and so on. Not only are there negative behaviors to avoid, there are also positive behaviors to adopt. We must love, forgive, serve others and worship God, for example.
The world does not agree with God’s standards. However, those standards will not change. We must not demand that home plate be widened in any way!
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”—1 John 2:15-17.