A Prime Time Draft

by Tim Hall
There are many things that excite us. Are they the right things?
footballfield3.jpgA hush has fallen over the entire professional football fanbase. The annual NFL draft has begun and the St. Louis Rams have ten minutes to make the first selection. For the first time the draft is being televised in prime time, showing how hugely popular this event is.
All who follow sports know that this event has been discussed in agonizing detail for the last several weeks. The “experts” — and there are those who make a lucrative living on being experts on the draft — have laid out their projections. One site projected the picks for the entire seven rounds of the draft.
Not everyone is so big into football (for example, me). Some of us are fanatics about basketball, golf, gardening, cooking, etc. Everyone, it seems, has something that drives them. “I Live For …” is a bumper sticker that has been produced in many flavors.
We’re not here to condemn football or any other type of hobby or pursuit. We’re here to ask, “Does the Lord get this type of enthusiasm?”
“Delight yourself also in the Lord,” advised David in Psalm 37:4, “and he shall give you the desires of your heart” (NKJV). I’ve heard my brethren talk about activities in which they’ve delighted: the big game they attended, the race or the fishing trip.
Rarely do I hear that kind of enthusiasm for worship, Bible study, prayer time or opportunities for service.
What does Christ want? Paul told us: “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for himself his own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14).
I mention this point because I’ve been directed to do so: “Speak these things, exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you” (Titus 2:15).
“Zealous” is a word that describes how folks feel about a lot of activities. Unfortunately, doing good works is not in the top ten list of things over which Christians get excited (based on this preacher’s unscientific observations). Yes, there are exceptions. But they are exceptions, not the rule.
Crowds turn out for the big ball game. Hordes show up at the advertised sale at the mall. Events for religious edification typically draw sparse attendance. What does this say about our values?
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

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  1. I’ve never had much enthusiasm for a person in sports that is in & out of trouble with the law.What does this teach our younger generation?I’ve lost almost all respect for the sports industry.Look at our school system — we spend a lot more time on sports than we do just about anything else.I think primary schools should outlaw some of the sports & spend more time teaching kids how to respect others.Our entire primary school system in shambles yet the gamming industry was suppose to help the schools.What is wrong with this picture? The scriptures teach you that you’re not do do evil that good will come out of it (book of Romans).We all make mistakes & all of our mistakes cost dearly by lost of friends,hurt feelings,and lost of our influence for good.We can only blame ourselves for these results. I’m just thankful to God that He has seen fit to let me live & correct many mistakes i’ve made in the past—but they still bring me to be remorseful almost daily.Sport are good in its place but not to the extent that it has become.Its almost like its the most important thing in the world.And that is wrong !!

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