Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Challenge - Act like it's Saturday, even though it's Sunday

Reviewing the week, two quotes stood out for us, and because we try and make the Sunday challenges relevant, here's what stuck with us.

First, Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. day and one of Dr. King's most famous quotes is this,

"At 11:00 on Sunday morning when we stand and sing and Christ has no east or west, we stand at the most segregated hour in this nation."

He uttered those words back in 1963. (If you haven't read Letter from a Birmingham Jail, or the WMU speech, we highly recommend it.) And even though we've come a long way since then, there's still a fair ways to go.

Then the Alligator Army threw their hat in the ring this week and commented on the upcoming Tebow Super Bowl ad, and while questioning the possibility of it being a pro-life ad said this:

While implying that sports was our secular religion (where else do you chant, sing and gather with like minded people?), the article endorsed athletes expressing their faith.

Why is it okay to be a "fanatic" on Saturday, but not Sunday? You do know the word "fan" is an American word and is an abbreviation for fanatic? If not, welcome to reality. Want to see what some "fans" look like?

Which ones are the Christians? Excluding Tebow, do you really know and can you really tell?

If you couldn't tell by just looking at them, it's the nuts on the bottom right. Wow, they look crazy happy, unlike those other people, they must be nuts, um fanatics, um fans of something pretty awesome.

Or do you think Christians should look like this?

What was surprising, and disheartening, to us was we couldn't even find a picture of an integrated church.

On Saturday, we'll hug strangers because a guy threw a ball and another caught it and took it to the endzone. And in that moment, we don't care if the stranger we are high-fiving is our race, gender, belongs to the same political party, or has the same religious beliefs. We'll even do it on Sunday afternoons and on Monday nights, but for some reason, not Sunday morning.

If you are a professed Christian, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Is being saved worth getting excited about?
  • Is having a hope in this life, and the life to come, worth a high five?
  • Is being a Christian worth having a party and celebrating with friends?
  • Are you proud of being a Christian to the point where you'll wear a t-shirt with "Jesus" on it instead of your favorite team?
  • Are you and your friends so excited that you'll paint yourselves and spell out Jesus on your chests?

Or are you a bandwagon Christian?
  • Are you willing to support the "team" while you're on top and everything is going great?
  • Are you willing to stand up for your "team" when your co-workers or fellow students take a few shots at you?
  • Or do you hide that you have a "team" at all?

Or do you have a "recruitment" mentality?
  • You're shopping around waiting to see which coach, or church, offers you the most.
  • Are you only going to the church that let's you "play" immediately?

Don't be a bandwagon Christian, or a fickle recruit, be a real fan of Christ, or de-commit. Go all in or get out of the game.

And we dare you, double dog dare you, to paint your chests and show up to church next week with J-e-s-u-s painted on you. If you can dress up as zombies for CRU, or paint Tebow on yourself, you can go full fanatic for Jesus. But don't wear a speedo, that's just crazy. Even in Florida.

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