No apologies here. I am a huge Atlanta Falcons fan! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am that we are going to a Super Bowl. Did you hear what I just said? I said “we” are going to a Super Bowl. Isn’t that interesting? I didn’t contribute one single thing to any of the games or practices that led to the team’s success. If I called up the Falcon’s front office, they wouldn’t know who I am. So why do I say, really why do any of us, say “we”?
It’s because we identify with the team. We are fans, followers, fanatics, or maybe we just live in Atlanta. Their brand has become something with which we connect. We wear the jerseys, the hats, the gear. We put the stickers on our cars and notebooks. They are “our” team. We are sad when they lose and happy when they win. Depending on one’s level of addiction, those emotions can take even wider swings. I have witnessed actual arguments to defend one’s team escalating at times to physical violence. We love “our” team.
In the grand scheme of things, “our” team is not the most important thing in the world. For a couple of weeks, they will be all that Atlanta talks about. However, in March and May we will hardly mention them. Wouldn’t it be great if we could keep that kind of energy going and be a part of something that has that kind of mass loyalty and excitement?
Wait a minute! I believe I know a way to make that happen. What if we rallied around the greatest victory ever won? What if we got excited again about a team that wins one seemingly unwinnable moment after another? I am speaking of course about our Christianity. As Christians we rally around the victory of the Cross! Then we get to witness the power of that victory over and over again as the enemy continually tries to destroy us. It is non-stop action when we pay attention. If that were not enough, we get to have big gatherings once a week and celebrate our victories! We get to sing and hear stories and rally together so that we are prepared for the upcoming battles.
Honestly, I am shaking with excitement anticipating the Super Bowl and “my” Falcons winning it all. I plan on enjoying it to the fullest measure. However, that game will come and go and my life will barely be effected. For me, however, there is next Sunday. No football, but a wonderful day of celebrating and strategizing with my fellow Christians. That day has the potential to alter my life forever! And the best part of it all is that “We” get to do it for all eternity!
Enjoy the Big Game! And don’t forget that “We” are part of something even bigger!