These days I root for a new team. It's call Team Eternal Life. Our arch-rival is Team Eternal Damnation. We play on the Field of Society for the "Souls Cup" on a daily basis.
I remember a number of years ago there was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan who proudly wore his black and gold to an L.A. Raiders game in Los Angeles. For his enthusiasm and team spirit he was nearly stabbed to death. That's dedication, right?
We will literally lay down our lives for our favorite sports teams, but not for our Faith. Why is this? Could there be a more twisted and misdirected sense of loyalty?
One of my favorite verses in Scripture comes from Acts 5:40-41.
"... and when they (the Sanhedrin) had called the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for the sake of the Name."
Praise God! Why don't we feel this way about our Faith and our Lord? Why don't we put on the jersey of Team Eternal Life as we go out into the world? After all, the world we live in is a hostile environment to our team. We should show our colors proudly. Unapologetic about where we stand.
Where are your loyalties? What team do you want to play for? I know which one has the better locker rooms. It's the one where our Lord, Jesus Christ, gives us pep talks every day. His sweet voice calling to us.
The game is on. You'd better be in shape.