As a baseball fan, it was difficult to know who to root for in the World Series this year. The Washington Nationals are a hated rival of my Atlanta Braves, but the recent reports of a toxic culture in the Houston Astros organization made it difficult to cheer for them.
But if Game 5 of this year’s World Series is any indication, I secretly became a temporary Astros fan. In case you haven’t heard, the capacity crowd booed President Donald Trump when announcers introduced him during the salute to veterans in the third inning.
Look, I’ll admit that Trump is a polarizing figure, and I haven’t always been a huge fan of his. But he’s the president, for crying out loud, and booing him is inappropriate.
Here’s the thing: booing the President of the United States at a baseball game is indicative of how toxic today’s environment has become and how politics overrides everything. The crowd at that game was so driven by their hatred for the man that they lowered themselves by showing disrespect for the office of the presidency.
We’re living in an age where our outrage over people we don’t agree with trumps our sense of respect for the institutions that make this country what it is. And we see it on both sides – look at the insults and invective that people on both the left and right hurl at the other side.
We’re all bad at failing to see people we don’t agree with as fellow image-bearers of God, and we’ve failed at seeing our elected officials as being worthy of at least some measure of respect.
What happened at a baseball game on October 27, 2019 isn’t a first; it’s a sign of how polarized and disunited we’ve become as a country. It’s sad, because I don’t see it changing anytime soon.