FIFA World Cup

Fickle Fans of Football (Or Shallow Supporters of Soccer)

“13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – (Philippians 3:13–14)

Depending on where you are I have one of two questions for you. 

  1. Are you a fickle fan of football? (Most of the world)
  2. Are you a shallow supporter of soccer? (The US, South Africa, Australia, bits of Asia)

On a side note, I am pleased to be able to alliterate an outline in two separate languages. 

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup

However, the main point is to question your devotion to your chosen sport. I joked last night during a sermon that I will pay attention to the world cup until England either win it or are knocked out. It will most likely be the latter. After that, I will no longer have any interest in the world cup. 

Football, or soccer, is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in the world, and while it is still relatively small here in the US, it is growing in popularity. But many I have spoken to here have little interest in it at all. 

Unfortunately, many Christians treat the things of God with the same attitude some of us have toward football. They have little to no interest or they only have an interest so long as their chosen hobby-horse (favourite team) is in play. 

The Apostle Paul set an example for us in following the Lord by his zeal and commitment. In Philippians 3 he describes himself as having “this one thing” that he committed himself to. And his commitment was life-long as he pressed toward the prize. He was not perfect, but he was committed. 

In Colossians 3 Paul contrasted the THINGS which are above with the THINGS that are of this world. What THINGS have your focus? Where do you find yourself today? Committed to the things of God? Or only inconsistently following God, while you passionately pursue the things of this world?

I have a friend who supports Bolton Football Club, another who supporters Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Almost without argument, those two teams are among the most hopeless in the world, yet my friend’s support for their teams is unwavering and devoted. 

If we can give such commitment to hopeless, earthly things, then how much more so should Christians give unwavering, courageous, devoted, and active support to the things of God through Whom we see victory, power, and glory. 

So, are you like a fickle football fan/shallow soccer supporter, or a whole-hearted follower who does not falter?

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