My favorite football team, the Los Angeles Chargers, traveled to Florida to play the Jacksonville Jaguars in an NFL-AFC wildcard game on Saturday night. Even though the 9-8 Jags were playing at home, the 10-7 Chargers were 1.5 point favorites and were the better team on paper. The vast majority of sports pundits had picked the Chargers to win and I was pretty confident. Speculation turned to absolute certainty with 4-minutes left to play in the second quarter as QB Justin Herbert and the Bolts totally dominated QB Trevor Lawrence and the Jags at that point and led by a seemingly insurmountable score of 27-0. However, the Jags then proceeded to outscore the Bolts the rest of the game, 31 points to 3, to clinch an unbelievable come-from-behind, 31-30 win. The Jags’ victory was subsequently reported to be the third-biggest comeback in the NFL’s 90-year playoff history.
Chargers fans across the country were stunned! The Bolts’ second-year head coach, Brandon Staley, was already on the hot seat going into the game because the team’s underachieving results over his two seasons didn’t correlate with the amount of talent on the roster. After the epic and almost unprecedented playoff collapse, Chargers fans are demanding team ownership immediately fire Staley.
Sports fans are passionate about their favorite team/teams. In some extreme cases, the sports team becomes the most important thing in life, a fan’s “religion.” The reality is professional sports are for-profit entertainment featuring grown men and women playing kids’ games. In the eternal big-picture, sports won’t matter one iota. Sure, have fun. Enjoy your interests, pastimes, and hobbies. God didn’t intend us to be monk-ish ascètes. But keep perspective. It’s all about Jesus Christ and God’s Kingdom. More on the topic of secular interests in an upcoming post.