Jesus Christ: Super Sports Star
Since living in the Burgh I have come to have a real understanding of the words faith and commitment. Pittsburgh sports fans are extremely committed to their sports teams and are faithful to them even in trying times. I often wondered what the Christian culture would look like if Christ followers took their relationship with God as serious as Burghers take their relationship with their sports teams:
If Christ followers were as committed as Pirates Fans: The church buildings would be filled every Sunday even after years and years of bad sermons. Almost all of the Sunday Celebrations would end with happy people enjoying fireworks and good fellowship and families would line up after each celebration for hours to have their children run around the podium..
If Christ followers were as committed as Penguins Fans: Local congregations would tear down existing church buildings to build bigger ones and put screens outside so the tailgaters could enjoy the Sunday Celebrations as well.
If Christ followers were as committed as Steelers Fans: People would stop what they were doing, even come home from camp early every weekend, just so they didn’t miss a big message on Sunday. They would wave crosses in the air during the celebrations and lay them across cell phones and tablets whilst downloading or streaming sermons hoping for a good message. They would train their children from birth to think, eat, breath, and live the gospel message of Jesus Christ (and yes, they would still bleed black and gold).
What would the culture of Christ followers look like if people in your city were like the sports fans in your city?