Well, it is about that time. It’s that time where millions of people gather together to watch large men run into each other, sweat, and sacrifice their bodies for entertainment. It’s time for ESPN to seemingly only cover the NFL and NCAA football even though baseball is at its peak time of season. It’s time for church members to check the television to see when the Cowboys or Texans play (or any team) and decide whether they want to attend Sunday night church or not.
Yep, it’s about that time. It’s time for pastors, youth ministers, and church leaders to pull their hair out trying to come up with dates and events that will not interfere with school functions. It’s time for strategic meetings where church leaders gather together to try and put Jesus back in the forefront of lives. It’s time for partial church attendance to be awarded with praises like, “Well, at least they made it this week.”
Since it is about that time, I though a reminder may be in order. The God we serve is a jealous God.
Exodus 34:14 “Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
Deuteronomy 4:24 “For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
1 Corinthians 10:22 “Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”
God’s jealousy is out of his pride. His pride comes, deservedly so, out of the fact that he created all things and controls all things for his own glory. Every time God’s jealousy is mentioned in the Bible it is used within the context of putting something before God. Be it an idol, an idea, or a false god.
In our world today, entertainment can be placed in that category. There is a desire to be entertained that even stretches to churches. The desire for worship to become more of a concert atmosphere and the speaking to be motivational more than truthful.
Why do we feel as though we need entertainment? I believe part of it is that we have more time on our hands. Not that days have become longer, but there is not as much of a need to work at the house, provide food, or educate children because there are places and people that do those things for us. Therefore, our days and evenings are left open and we must fill them with something. Another could be that we forget to be entertained by God himself. We place outside entertainment on a pedestal because all we have to do is watch, but maybe we should spend more time in the Word and growing in our faith. Maybe we should spend more time being missionaries.
Now let me be clear, football is not evil, it is not from Satan himself, it is not even forbidden. Paul says, “Everything is permissible-but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible-but not everything is constructive.”(1 Corinthians 10:23) This verse directly follows Paul’s question asking if we are trying to make God jealous. Football, school, and family, are not bad things in themselves. It is when they are placed before God in our lives that they need attention. They need to be rearranged.
It’s not time for school and school activities to be underway. It’s not time for families to become busy. It’s not time for football to be played on every channel. It’s not time for arguments about church attendance to surface. It’s not time for us to make our God jealous.
It’s time for us to place God back in his rightful place in our lives, first.
In Christ’s Love,