Wednesday, February 6, 2013

We Really Are The Champions

Ever since the end of the Super Bowl, strain’s of Queen’s “We Are The Champions” keep popping into my head.  Yes, I’m a Ravens fan.  But, with that song, I really haven’t been thinking of the Ravens win.  I’ve been thinking about ours.  The one we got when we started our relationship with Jesus Christ.

One of the greatest things in life is to be a winner, no matter what the circumstances are.  That thought made me think of Allison Althoff’s article for ChicagoNow about two of the players on opposing sides of the battle in the Super Bowl, who are vocal about being Christians.  The article can be found here: http://bit.ly/11jKL8E.  It’s pointed out that, in some circles, neither is considered a good moral role model.  For Colin Kaepernick, Allison has a nice photo of him, shirtless, displaying all his tattoos.  There are those who would suggest those tattoos go against God’s thoughts.  Despite the fact that they’re all Bible verses.  And despite God giving us an example by things like getting into Peter’s head with a dream indicating that nothing is unclean.  Or Paul having a warm discussion with the very Jewish church counsel in Jerusalem about whether the gentiles needed to follow Jewish law in order to follow Christ.

And how about Ray Lewis?  He has been a father in the wrong circumstances and was involved in a murder case.  As it turns out, it was documented that he wasn’t involved in the murder at all, but made some bad decisions in trying to protect some friends.  They were acquitted and Ray Lewis got fined and punished for his errors in thinking.  Now there are several things that apply, here.  There’s only one being in the Bible who’s named as an accuser and he has a very warm and very long eternal destiny that will be nowhere near God or any of the people and things that are His.  I can’t seem to find anywhere in the Word where the average Christian is told to be anyone’s judge, jury and executioner.  That’s very much living under the law without the sacrifice of our Savior.  And, as I’ve mentioned before, our earthly spiritual eyesight has huge limitations.  What we think we spiritually see may not be what we get.

Both these gentlemen have given testimonies of the work of the Lord in their lives.  God hasn’t shown me anything to doubt that.  Ray Lewis quotes a verse from the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 54:17 (KJV)  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
 
That certainly is appropriate to remind their accusers of spiritual reality.  But Ray has used it after the last several wins.  Somehow, I doubt there are no Christians on the opposing team, each time he’s quoted that.  So, it’s unlikely that we ought to hyperspiritualize those wins as if it’s Ray and Ray against the heathen.  Certainly, Colin is as vocal a Christian as Ray.  And I recall my Bible saying that God is no respecter of persons.  He doesn’t pick one Christian over another – His Son is in both.  But the win or the loss might be an important lesson in their walk with Him. 
 
Which one wins a football game may not hold great importance to God.  But He is pleased and impressed that both scored the one touchdown in life that really counts, salvation.  Just like us, they’re going to heaven.  And each of us, whether it’s a Ray Lewis, a Billy Graham, or a Bill Kraski, is going to live our lives and make decisions.  Some of those will be good and some will be bad.  And those will determine our place in heaven – not because of reward or chastisement, but based on the capacity our choices have given us.  God won’t force more on us in heaven than we can handle and He won’t deprive us of what we can.  So, we really are the champions.  We already have the best possible life for us already scheduled into our eternity.

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