As much as I love golf, I can’t tell you who won last year’s Master’s tournament. Likewise, I enjoy Major League baseball, but can’t name the five most recent World Series Champions. Nor do I have any idea who won Wimbledon (tennis), the World Cup (soccer), or the Stanley Cup (hockey). Sadly to some, I won’t spend time defending any candidate in the upcoming elections.
While there is nothing wrong with being a sports fan or being involved politically, nowhere in Scripture do I see a command, or even a suggestion that followers of Christ make these temporary things the primary focus of their attention. Nowhere do we read about the church gathering in Athens to cheer their favorite athlete; nor do we hear Christ, Peter, or Paul instruct the church to be prepared to give a defense for their chosen political figure.
Instead, we see these clear instructions:
- “…defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.” (Jude 1:3, ESV)
- “…always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reasonfor the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” (1 Peter 3:15)
- “Go therefore and make disciplesof all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 28:19)
You get the idea. Every winning team has the right balance between a good offense and a strong defense. Christians are called primarily to defend the faith and share the gospel. That’s not just the pastor’s job – it’s OURS! Think back over the past week and consider your conversations and social media posts. How many of those conversations defended a political figure or celebrated a sports team? How many defended the faith and celebrated Christ?
Cheer and defend as you see fit; just don’t forget your first calling as a follower of Jesus is to defend the faith and promote the gospel. –Dave
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