Would Jesus Go To The Game?
Last week it announced that the Maryville-Alcoa football game this year will be shown on ESPN2 on August 26 at noon. For those of you who aren’t from East Tennessee, this football game is among the biggest high school rivalries in the area. Both teams are basically cross-town rivals, with Maryville and Alcoa joining each other. Each team has won numerous state titles over the last decade.
If you didn’t catch the date, this game will be held on Sunday. At noon. On national TV.
During the press conference, the coaches mentioned that churches were adjusting their times to accommodate the game. I think there are probably two reactions to this. One is that the churches want to support the kids, parents and community by making adjustments to the worship schedule so that people can worship and attend the game.
The other is that some churches will say that they aren’t going to make any adjustments because that would indicate that the game is more important than Jesus.
The question I want answered, that none of can, is what Jesus would do?
The reality is that we don’t know.
I think Jesus would want to be where people were. I think He would for the Kingdom to be put first. I believe that Jesus would rail against those who were so religious and inflexible that they couldn’t move a church service from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. I’m pretty sure He would want His Father to get the glory in all of it.
That doesn’t really answer the question for us, though, does it.
Some people will be vilified by other churches and church leaders for adjusting church times or skipping church to go to the game.
Other churches will receive the same treatment for driving a stake in the ground and making a stand.
In both cases, some will be right and some will be wrong.
Would Jesus go to the game?