I love the City of Cleveland. I also love sports. You would be safe in assuming that based on these facts, I would be desperately following LeBron James’ every move, praying and petitioning that he would remain in Cleveland.
But you would be wrong.
In truth, I’m fairly ambivalent about the whole matter.
I’m pretty sure that the amount of hope for the city that is placed on that young man’s very broad shoulders is not merited. What would happen if we won a national title in a major sport? Sure we would no longer be the city who has gone the longest without winning a major sporting championship. But would we have less poverty? Fewer homeless? Would the city’s schools improve? Would urban development take off? Do you think affordable housing would be built? Would gun violence go down? Would industry return?
I doubt it.
I think all that would happen is that a few rich people would get a little richer, and that Cleveland sports might briefly stop being a punch line on late-night tv.
I think that if the city threw their weight behind ANY of the above problems and showed even half as much passion about improving the quality of that aspect of the city, we might be able to start rebuilding this city.
So whether LeBron stays or goes, the city remains. What we will do with it?
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7