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Comerica Park's Bengals outscored the Pale Hose in Chicago 22-5 over a three-game series this week. They would have swept the series had they not been "Greened" in game one. In that game our Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth on a Victor Martinez home run, but then lost as the first three Sox batters in the bottom of that inning went home run ... single ... home run. The Tigers are now 57-83 for the season, one game ahead of the Southsiders.

So, no, the Tigers did not get hosed in Chicago, though some may claim the season is. I think it is all a matter of perspective. Yes, there are only five teams in all of MLB that have a record worse than the Tigers, but, on the other hand, they are only 6.5 games out of second place in their division.

The Urban Dictionary defines "hosed" as "messed up completely and without hope" or "swindled or taken advantage of by deception." In this regard, all of us have been hosed by sin, death and the devil. Our sin has completely messed up our lives and left us with no hope. There is no escaping death. And, believe it or not, the satanic swindler takes advantage of us over and over again - at our own urging! We are all hosed.

However, Dictionary.com defines "hosed" as "to water, wash, spray, or drench." In this regard, all believers in Christ Jesus have been hosed in a whole different way. We have been hosed with the blood of Christ, and this blood of Christ "purifies our conscience from dead works to serve the living God." (Hebrews 9.14) It is all a matter of perspective.

And I happen to be one who believes that it is the perspective of the Triune God that counts. He says, "Yes, on your own, you are completely messed up and without hope, but I have drenched you with the waters of your baptism and washed you in the blood of the Lamb." "For the grace of God has appeared ... (in) Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works." (Titus 2.11-14)

And, speaking of perspective, have you noticed how our baptismal hosing completely changes our perspective on 'works'? The swindler deceives us into thinking that, if we try hard enough on our own, we will succeed. Yet that perspective ultimately leaves us messed up completely and without hope. These are the dead works from which the blood of Christ purifies and frees our consciences (Hebrews 9.14).

However, as a people hosed in the blood of the Lamb, we are made to be "zealous for good works" and eager "to serve the living God." We are cleaned up completely and filled with hope in Christ. We are freed to give our lives away for the betterment and freedom of others. And believe you me, my friends, this is the (true) perspective that gives peace and joy beyond imagination.

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2.10) In other words, no longer deceitfully hosed, we are "being transformed into the same image as our Lord Jesus" (2 Corinthians 3.17-18) who gave himself for all.

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