Devoted?

Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. – Psalms 95:6-7

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When I look upon the faces of those who attend televised sporting events, I am at times both amused and horrified. The fervor (borderline hatred) that is expressed is, at times, unsettling.

Who do you follow? The American Football season is almost over, and I followed it with a lot of interest. Unfortunately, it was not a good season for “my” teams. Though we did not have losing campaigns, we didn’t have winning ones either. Maybe I should change my strategy and cheer for the teams that I want to LOSE instead. Of course, I also like to follow my favorite teams in other sports, like baseball, soccer, and, yes, even rugby. Watching sports is more fun when you have a favorite. I even try to follow my favorite players in golf. I “follow” them (pay attention to how they are doing), but I do not “worship” them!

Who or what is the object of your worship? To what or to whom do you “bow down” by giving the best of your time and resources, your life? God is our Creator. He is our only Lord and there should be no other. Why would we give our lives to anyone or anything else? If time and money were the only measurements of our devotion, would our allegiance to Christ even register?

The eyes of some of the fans at Davis Cup matches scare me. There’s no light in them. Fixed emotions. Blind worship. Horror. It makes me think of what happened to us long ago. – Boris Becker

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