Super Fans of a Super God
by Jennifer AlLee
Today is a big day. To the devoted, it is bigger than birthdays. Bigger than Independence Day. Bigger than Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter all rolled together.
Super Bowl seems to bring out the ardent fan in even the most casual football observer. People who don't follow the sport the rest of the year can often be found huddled together, eating chips and salsa while they yell at the big screen. For all of you out there who say you watch it only for the commercials, it's time to fess up. You still get sucked in, don't you? If you're anything like me, you've picked a team by halftime and you hold your breath for them till the end.
But the Super Bowl is more than just amazing athletes, odd commercials, and hit-or-miss halftime shows. The idea of cheering for your team is key. It's that rush you get when you attach your allegiance to one group and support them to the end. If they win, you feel like a tiny piece of the victory belongs to you, too.
Sorry to pull out an old cliche, but the big game of life is similar to the Super Bowl. Not only do we all get to choose a side, we have to. It's required, and vital to our survival.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” (Duet. 30:19-20, NLT)When it comes right down to it, there are only two sides.
Life and Death.
Good and Evil.
God and Satan.
Not to say that the sides are evenly matched. God is by far stronger, and superior, in every way. He's the big winner, regardless of anyone's opinion. But we still need to choose.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Rev. 3:15-16, NIV)
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