God Is Not a Sport’s Team
January 13, 2012 6 Comments
I’m guilty of it. I’ve asked the question among hundreds in an audience while leading worship,
“Why can’t we get excited about God like we do a sports team?”
I’m sure you’ve heard the exact same question. It’s a valid question in one aspect. I mean we do get pretty excited when our favorite team scores. I go crazy folks, I go crazy when the Cardinals hit a home run. You should have seen me watching game six of the 2011 World Series. No, that would have probably been as embarrassing as David’s wife was when he went dancing naked in the streets because the arc had been returned to Israel.
But in another aspect, it’s not a valid question. Because our favorite sports team is just that, a sports team. They’re not God even though we paint them to be. I mean they could be god, I guess (little g) but they’re not Yahweh! I assume we’re really trying to ask why can’t we have the same enthusiasm for God as we do our favorite sports team. That could be a valid question too. But let’s look at the reality of it.
The biggest sports fan:
- They wear a hat, shirt, bracelets, necklace, earrings, and any other fashion accessory with the sport’s team logo on it.
- Their house has tons of trinkets, and pictures and Fat Heads and decorations and the man cave could be considered for the team mascot’s lair.
- They have emblems and stickers and flags all over their car and quite possibly the car is painted the team’s colors with seat covers and floorboard mats with the team colors and logo.
- They know every stat for every team member past and present and unique information that only the true die-hard would even care to know.
- They go to every game, they are the loudest and most obnoxious, and they keep up with live stats through each game.
Know anybody like that? Those are the ones who are going crazy at sport’s events. So you want Christians to be like that? What would that look like?
The biggest God fan:
- They wear shirts, hats, bracelets, necklaces, or any other fashion accessory with a cross or fish on them.
- Their house has trinkets, pictures, crucifixes even as far as having a real closet they go in to pray
- They have stickers and emblems all over their car with seat covers and floor mats with crosses and fish on them
- They can recite every famous passage of scripture, even the ones buried deep in Leviticus and Obadiah that no-one knows about.They know Greek and Hebrew thanks to Vine’s and wrote their own systematic theology
- They go to church every Sunday, Sunday night, Tuesday night prayer service, Wednesday night bible study, Thursday night Pot Luck, and Saturday morning women’s/men’s breakfast.
- They sing the loudest, know all the popular worship songs, and best hymns and makes sure everyone else knows they know them
Is that how you want a Christian to act? Personally, I don’t. I want Christians to be authentic. I want them to hurt when they hurt, not put on a facade. I want them to worship in spirit and truth, and not what others say worship looks like. I want them to speak of Jesus in public communication when led to and not because it’s the Christian thing to do. I don’t want a God fan, I want God followers.
The world sees authenticity by how you look. God sees authenticity by what you faithfully do. The world stereotypes, God accepts all types. The world says you gotta fit a mold, God says He molds you.
God is not a sports team. So I’m thinking we should lay off the pressure of treating Him like one. What do you think?