Full disclosure – I graduated from Auburn University in 1982 (yes, Bo Jackson was there then) and I currently have season football tickets for Florida State University (FSU) and have had for a number of years.
Saturdays in September, October and November are sure to bring out the best and the best in people! Especially if you live in or grew up in the South. Football in the South is more than a pastime. It is usually more than an obsession. It almost qualifies as a religion.
Each week, fans of their respective college or university (regardless of whether they attended, graduated, or have even been to the campus) begin the pregame rituals of talking smack to their coworkers, friends, social media contacts, etc. It escalates until game day when full team colors are worn, food and drink is prepared and the real tailgate parties begin. If you can’t attend the games in person, you clear out a spot around your television and warn visitors of what’s about to happen. As some 18 or 19 year old young man performs an amazing run, catch or block – you cheer! When the opposing team does something equally well – you groan, cuss and yell at the tv. As the game nears the end, you are either euphoric in victory or sullen because of defeat. By Monday or Tuesday you have recovered and are beginning the cycle again.
I like college football. I like Jesus even more. I wish all of the fans of college football who claim to be Christ followers would demonstrate the same passion for Him they do for football. Or whatever else the idol is for the week.
My prayer has been to be more of a follower and less of a fan. Maybe more prayers should be that.