I spent Saturday night in a NY hotel lobby (after our nephew's wedding) watching our beloved Phils season come to a screeching halt. If that weren't bad enough, I was surrounded by NY Mets fans who were cheering on the Phillies demise. I wanted to tell them how deplorable their behavior was. However, true confessions - I cheered the Yankees demise to the Texas Rangers only a few days before. However, I will also admit that it is not nearly as satisfying rooting against a team as it is rooting for a team.
Perhaps that is why so many of us are so tired of the political ads on television and why so much of the American public is tired of the church. Far too often, in politics and religion, we are outspoken about what we are against, not what we are for in this world.
Jesus shows us here and in other parts of the Gospel that it is much more satisfying to be rooting for something, the healing of the world, than it is to be rooting against someone. We root for our favorite teams - we don't root for injuries to the opposition. Because there is always a picture that is bigger than a single game or a single battle. I'm rooting for Cliff Lee and the Rangers. If I didn't like them, I wouldn't watch just to root against the Giants. When all is said and done, we've got two very talented but very different teams who should give us some very good baseball.