I live in the Atlanta area, kind of smack dab in the middle of the “Bible belt.”

This nickname would lead most to believe Christianity is the most prevalent religion in these parts.

But it’s not.

The most prevalent religion around here is football.

I rarely see Christians rally together the way sports fans do. 

Tailgating is the praise and worship that sets the mood for the sermon game. Season tickets sell no matter the cost.

The pews may be empty but that stadium will be packed!

Football occupies a more prominent place in the lives of many, far and above “loving thy neighbor.”

Still, I don’t think I have ever seen anything break down barriers between people the way football can.

Race, nationality, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and even politics can become irrelevant as long as you are for the home team

We “Christians” might just learn a thing or two from these die hard fanatics. 

I rarely see such levels of commitment and devotion for the church like I see for sports. 

What if “Christians” shared this same type enthusiasm for people?

God’s people.

I’m talking about the people we glance over or would rather not deal with. I’m talking about those who are broken and when we ask how they are, we don’t wait to hear their truth.

It is our commandment to love them.

I long to see “Christians” help those who are hurting as quickly as we would purchase tickets to the game.

I’m sure on any given weekend millions are cheering for their team. 

What if we put such energy into encouraging the addict or the mentally ill?

What if we chose to commit to something that lasts longer than the season?  

What if for just one weekend, we offered our time and money for a charitable cause?

The impact would be phenomenal!!!

These efforts, unlike those for the game, would leave a lasting imprint and exhibit God's love. 

Every sports team strives to build a legacy. Shouldn’t we want to do the same for God? 

And not grudgingly, but with the same enthusiasm we show the home team?

Just a few random thoughts today.

I’m off to watch the game.

"Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;" Romans 12:9-11 NKJV


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