Why Aren't You That Excited?
As we approach the Super Bowl, we also approach all those annual comparisons between church crowds and football crowds.
- "Do you get as excited for Jesus as you do for a touchdown?"
- "You can't get up early enough for Sunday school, but you'll get up earlier than that to tailgate on game day."
- "Imagine if we raised our hands for God as much as we raise them for the home team!"
- "Do you put more into parking and sodas than in the offering plate?"
And so on.
Not only is this judgmental, it's also a false comparison. I love my wife far more than I love sports, but I don't do a touchdown dance every time she comes home. Furthermore, I don't feel bad that I don't, and I wouldn't feel guilty if anyone judged me for it.
Yes, my affection for Jesus should outmatch my affection for anything else. Yes, the fate of the lost should impact my soul more than beating the spread. Of course my priority for the Kingdom of God should outshine that for Chiefs Kingdom. Certainly, sports can become an idol and occupy the wrong place in our lives.
But let's not use a false comparison to declare someone else guilty.
My love for my wife is not measured by touchdown dances when she walks through the door, but in my long-term, ongoing, daily commitment to, priority of, treatment of, decision-making for, and fidelity to her. My love for Christ is measured not by how demonstrative I am, but in my long-term, ongoing, daily commitment to, priority of, treatment of, decision-making for, and fidelity to Him. He is my priority over sports, even if He doesn't give me a weekly ulcer.
I wish I was more emotionally responsive to the things of Christ, no doubt. But I won't play those judgmental games.
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