The Word's Christian Fellowship, Inc.
#81 A Spectator Sport                                                                        September 1, 2010

Football season has just begun and for many fans it’s the greatest of all spectator sports. If you’ve ever been to one of those huge stadiums with the pre-game tailgate parties, the thousands of fans wearing their team colors and the excitement and anticipation filling the air, then you know what I mean.

By spectator sport I certainly don’t mean that the spectators actually participate in the contest. That’s not allowed. The spectators remain off the field in the stands enjoying their popcorn and peanuts. The governing rule, the law if you will, of being a spectator is that the spectators don’t get to participate in the contest. If you want to be on the team you have to qualify and you have to be equipped and you have to know the rules of the contest.

I have thought of that from time to time as I have flipped through a series of channels I receive on the television. It just so happens that the channels are grouped so that there are a series of religious channels followed by a series of channels where commentators offer opinions and perspectives on the news of the day.

In the religious grouping, Bibles are waved, knees are bowed, tears are flowing, people are being "slain in the spirit," or the "anointing" of the broadcast is being proclaimed. The activities on display vary from channel to channel but the information endlessly broadcasted is the same: Jesus is God, admit you are a sinner and you will be saved, pray the sinner’s prayer, allow God to take over your life and use you, etc., etc., etc.

Moving on to the series of channels with the commentators [not special-tators, just common-tators], I’ve heard things like, "Aren’t Christians supposed to love everyone?" "Aren’t Christians supposed to be more tolerant than that?" "Don’t all religions worship the same God but in different ways?" "Wasn’t Jesus just a prophet like Mohammed?" No definitive statements are ever made regarding Christianity. Instead, "intelligent" and "thought provoking" questions are endlessly asked.

If you have ever experienced anything like I have briefly described then perhaps you’ll agree that when it comes to true Christianity, the spectators are trying to take over the field. Those who aren’t qualified, who are unequipped, who haven’t the foggiest idea of the Rulebook, have rushed onto the field as if they were actually on the team.

Of course those of us who are on the team joyfully welcome any and all who wish to qualify. We’ll even introduce you to the number one player and his Father, the Owner of the team, and show you how to qualify.
Romans 10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

We’ll help you with your equipment so that you can really say that Jesus is the lord.
1 Corinthians 12:3: Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

We will gladly explain the Rulebook so that you can be approved by the Owner as you participate.
2 Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

But if you don’t want to be on the team, kindly stay off the field. Stay in the stands of life. Enjoy the popcorn and peanuts of mortality for 60, 70, 80 years. True Christianity isn’t a spectator sport and mere spectators certainly aren’t qualified to participate.

© Stephen A. Harrison,  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893