Many of you have strong allegiances to your college football team. Some of you are Virginia Tech people and you go through life hoping someone will ask, “What’s a Hokie, anyways?” ‘Cause you’re ready to drop knowledge! In our congregation, I know we have some WVU folks, Tennessee folks, and even some Alabama people. And God help you for bringing that spirit of strife and conflict into our midst!
I kid, I kid. But there are several of you who are diehard for your team (not that there's anything wrong with that). If you’re 12 and 1, you can’t wait to tell people about it. And if you’re 1 and 12, you’re ready to explain why your team is still the best.
But I’ve noticed this other thing. If your team has a great season - let's say Virginia Tech are dominating their rivals. Suddenly, people who weren't cheering your team before are cheering them with you, but then, you accuse those people of getting on the bandwagon.
And you say, “I’m a real fan ‘cause I was a fan even during our rough years.” It’s not the team’s rough years. Always personal pronouns: us, we, our.
But anyways, the idea is: we were in opposition, now we’re in agreement, but somehow we’re still in opposition because I’m a real fan and you’re just on the bandwagon??? This whole bandwagon deal seems like a little too much craving for conflict.
That's all in fun. But it also tells us about the human condition. We struggle to find peace. But for the Christian, there’s some great news: You have the right to have peace! I hope you hold onto that fact. As you have opportunities to be with your family this week, be sure and discuss the importance of having peace in our lives. After all:
Jesus said peacemakers will be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9)
We should do our best to be at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18)
Through Christ, we have the opportunity to have uncanny peace (John 14:26-27)
Hope everyone has a blessed week!