I can honestly say that I did not grow up watching college football. Born and raised in North Carolina, for me, it was always (and will always be) college basketball, including the ACC Tournament and March Madness, that really matters. But, with the tradition, marching bands, fight songs, and College GameDay, my wife finally converted me from Sunday to Saturday football.
Whether you are a fan of the Tar Heels, Deacons, Wolfpack, Blue Devils, Tigers, Buckeyes, or (God help us) Crimson Tide, you all share a common bond – passion. College football fans are the most passionate sports fans.
If you’ve been reading through the New Testament, you probably just completed the book of Acts. Was there ever anyone who had more passion for the gospel than the Apostle Paul? In Acts 25-26, Paul was on trial for his life, yet, because he believed so deeply in Who Jesus is and who Jesus called him to be, he spoke boldly, at risk to his own well-being!
“… I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains.” (Acts 26:29 (NLT)
I recently read a tongue-in-cheek blog about the difference between college football fans and a typical church member. (I recognize there is a difference between just being a church member and a committed Christ-follower, but I’m not going to get into that here). While a few on the list made me cringe, there were a couple that made me chuckle:
** A college football fan gets excited if a game goes into
overtime. A church member gets upset if the preacher goes one minute past noon!
** A college football fan attends the game no matter how bad the weather is. A church member stays home if there is a 20% chance of rain.
** A college football fan is known for his or her passion for the team. A church member is rarely known for their passion for the gospel.
Now, if that last one is true, it out to stop us in our tracks and cause us to really evaluate our own passions.
Because Jesus created me. Jesus died so that He could have relationship with me. Jesus, above everything and everyone else, deserves my all-consuming passion.
And He doesn't even require me to paint my face with school colors!