Well, it happened again.
I don’t know why I was surprised. It’s usually a theme this time of year when pro football is in full swing, and college football is in bowl season.
But for some reason it caught me off guard.
Maybe because I wasn’t really firing on all cylinders this morning.
I’m still not sure how we made the jump from I Peter to the Dolphins/Redskins game of 1983, but in Sunday School today, someone made the inevitable comparison between our fanatic excitement at a football game and our lack thereof at church.
Which always makes me giggle at the mental picture.
Can you imagine what would happen if we did act in church the same way we act during a football game??
Would we wear the jersey of our favorite soloist? Perhaps the number of our favorite hymn?
Or would it be Team Worship Music vs Team Preaching?
Would there be hecklers?
Please let there be hecklers.
There’s a kerfluffle in the sound booth and the mics aren’t hot for the opening chorus…
“False Start! False Start! Are you seeing this, ref??!!”
An usher fails to take the offering plate when it reaches the end of the row…
“Incomplete pass?!! C’mon, man! You’re killing us!!”
The soloist feels led to add two extra choruses to her song…
“Delay of game! Delay of game! Is no one watching the clock??!!”
The pastor really gets into his introduction and takes a while to make his first point…
“Seriously??!! Can we not get a first down here??!! Ten words! Just ten words! That’s all it takes!!”
A kid gets out of his seat, disrupting the service…
“Can no one stop him?!!! Whose man is that?!! WHOSE MAN IS THAT??!!”
The head deacon is called on to give the benediction, and feels the need to re-preach the sermon before he dismisses in prayer…
“Are you kidding me??!! Overtime??!!! Doggone it!! …I need another slice of pizza.”