God’s Word for Today: Fanatic. To continue with this week’s focus on the upcoming football season, and the types of fans it produces, today we will talk about the second type of fanatic.
This person is one who follows a team with complete and full enthusiasm. That is, until the team starts losing. Then, there is a phase of maybe hope. Eventually, this fanatic will give up and go find another team that is winning. This type of fanatic will simply jump on the next party bandwagon. Is this good or bad? I can’t really say. I actually totally understand. A person can only take so much losing and then it is time to move on, isn’t it?
One team I observed this phenomenon on was the Kansas City Chiefs. They have never been terrible. They have just had a long, long period of being mediocre. Usually, they pull off a winning record and every so often make it to the playoffs. But then, it is a give me that they lose in the first round. 2/3 of the fans have stuck with them thru thick and thin. The other 1/3 more or less abandoned them. This factor actually made it nice for those of us seeking a ticket to a game. It was fairly easy to get good seats for a decent price.
Now, the Chiefs are doing better. Every year there seems to be more hope. The stadium is filling up again. I don’t know if it is the 1/3 who left and are coming back. Or maybe it is a new group of fans that have picked up an interest in the Chiefs. Either way, it is good to see a team rebuild and possibly have some Super Bowl potential. If they do, you can bet the 1/3 that abandoned the Chiefs will come back as if they had never left.
1Chronicles 16:8. Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Is the fanatic that abandons their team when the team is losing, wrong? How many times have we done the same thing in our Christian walk? How many times have we turned our back on God just to seek something more appealing? Or maybe we wrote God off because we have been hurt so very deeply that we cannot fathom the existence of His grace?
As Christians, we can be a pretty fickle group ourselves. For some reason, it is because of 2 completely opposite excuses. One, our life is good. We have been overly blessed. We have a good paying job, our family is busy growing up, and the sun just seems to shine every day. Then, why do we need God? We have this thing called life under control. We are too busy enjoying the perks of our labors to spend any time with our Creator. I personally, have been there, done that. Oh what a mistake.
The other factor that might pull us away from our walk with God is loss. A tragedy or a loss so painful that we no longer even believe in the existence of God. This is quite common, and quite understandable. I will not even begin to try to explain why some very good people leave us too soon. The pain is overwhelming. The need to blame is strong.
The unique factor of this second reason for abandoning God is the fact that the people who so tragically left us, would never, ever, want us to turn our back on our Faith. They were good. No, they were amazing people that lived a very good and fulfilling life. They would want nothing but the same for us. They are up there working with God, just waiting for us to come support the team again.
Today, recognize if you are one who has abandoned God’s team. The reason doesn’t matter. What matters is that God will never give up your seat. His stadium has no maximum capacity. Your seat is waiting for you. Time to get back to the main reason you are here in this world. Time to fill your spot……………….