Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Fanatics


They call them fans. I call them Fanatics. You have seen them in the stadium, cheering on their favorite football (American football for my example) team. Faces painted the team’s colors, chest bared their favorite player’s number painted across. Ask them about their favorite team and they go nuts about statistics, and lore that you have never heard of before. All in the name of being a fan.

I started to look at my life today about what I am fanatical about? What trips my trigger on the whacked out side. The more I looked the more I found, I am not all that different.

Computers:
Yeah the geek in me really comes out. Wanna talk trash, lets talk Dell or Gateways or maybe even the crappy HPs. Push my buttons talk about networking or other deep level geek stuff and we could go for hours. Video Games? Oh, now you are talking my language.

Family:
Ask me about the kids, my family past or present, where our future is and whammo instant conversation.

Politics:
Ok I hate Bush's, the beans not the president. I love politics and start talking international policy and I wanna learn everything you have to offer. Talk about the next candidate for president and we could go for hours

Religion:
I hate “religion” as the world views it, searching for a higher calling or a purpose or some reason to exist. I have found my reason to exist and I am more than willing to share it with you.

Doctrine:
Not just a subset of religion but looking at the scripture and digging deep into the meaning making out the very foundations of belief in God. This is fighting territory and you had better not cross this line unless you are able to eat real meat.

No I am not all that, but needless to say, I do have a few hot button issues. A good friend once told me to prove my friendship I should go a month without giving my “friends” an opinion. A very difficult task that I have yet to prove I can do J So what turns your crank? What makes you want to come unglued? Your favorite team? Your church? Your pastor? What does it take to get you going?

This verse struck a chord in me….

"How are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?"
- Romans 10:14 (NRSV)

“How are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?” I know a lot of people that are good “Christians”, good people that like to go to church, and love God very much. Yet I know some of those very same Christians to be fanatics for their football team and just as quiet as a church mouse when it comes to God.

Step out today. Step into where God wants you to be, a fanatical Christian.

NOTE: instead of football I could have picked on many other items that are known to create fanatics … tools (Craftsman), NASCAR, Basket Ball, etc..

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