This post was written in the fall of 2006:
This Saturday, I was blessed with the opportunity to go see my favorite football team play. I always love going into a massive stadium full of people. The passion and energy in that place just amazes me. You cannot come to a game and sit in the stands and not be drawn into the action. The people that surround you go from being random people that you have never seen before to your best friends in less than four hours. You are all gathered together for a common cause – to cheer your team on to victory. The unity in that place so strong that you rejoice together and mourn together. Unfortunately Saturday was a day of mourning together for me and the rest of the Alabama fans that filled that stadium. As I was walking down the strip through the heart of campus after the game, I could just feel the sadness and shock. There were no parties because there was nothing to celebrate. Then I began to think about church which I attended the next day. Where is that passion in our churches? We come together on Saturday and seem to get the essence of worship and community. In that stadium there was a strong passionate desire to rejoice and celebrate out team. We were proud to be wearing crimson. Are we as Christians proud to be wearing the name of Christ each day? We easily get upset at out team playing poorly. Why do we not get upset when we live lives full of sin that reflect poorly on the Jesus that we represent? We understand worship, but for some reason, it seems easier for us to worship on Saturday in the stadium than on Sunday in the sanctuary. The community that was built in the stadium is the community that we see built in a church that is focused on the mission, message, and glory of Christ. We see in Acts where “they devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer” (Acts 2: 42). God has really been bringing me back constantly to this model of fellowship and the early church. In order for this to begin to happen, we need to be willing to bring the Saturday passion for our football team into a Sunday morning passion for God!