Some things should be taken seriously

I tend to be overly serious sometimes.  My husband and I have this running joke.  He says I never laugh at his jokes, and I respond that I’ll laugh when they’re funny.  And, that’s how I feel about it.  A lot of things in the world just aren’t funny.  Some things shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Today I want to talk about such a thing.

You see, I live in Kentucky, where we “bleed blue.”  Last year around tournament time, there was a “Kentucky basketball prayer” floating around on facebook.  Someone had taken the Lord’s prayer and re-wrote it with a UK wildcats basketball theme.  Not okay.  Seriously.

This year, as they have once again reached the final four, the fans/worshippers are at it again.  Now it’s placing a single player up on that pedestal.   People all over the state (and all over big blue nation) are wearing t-shirts claiming, “Bow to the Brow.”

THIS ARTICLE inspired my current post, where Davis talks about a little girl, maybe 5 or 6, coming up to him and bowing down like he was a king.

I can understand secular society getting on board with this and having fun with it.  But as Christians, we should know better.  I don’t think God is sitting up in Heaven waiting to crush us like ants, but His word tells us that He is a jealous God.

The article immediately brought to mind Mordecai from the story of Esther.  Haman received a special privilege from the King, and all the people were supposed to bow down to him.  We are told in Esther 3:1-6 that Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman, because he would bow to no one except God.  This infuriated Haman.  “{Haman} disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone…instead Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom.”  (Esther 3: 6).

This was a big deal.  It was important enough to Mordecai that he was willing to risk his life to avoid dishonoring God.  Yet we throw it around casually, joking that we should “bow to the brow” because someone is a talented athlete?  I think we, as Christians, need to be careful about such things.  We need to maintain reverence for God and who He is, I think we’ve lost that.

And, this was a child.  Even children brought up in Christian homes seem to know so little about their faith, but this little girl knows enough about Kentucky basketball to bow down at the feet of a talented player?  I just find it really sad.  What if we as Christians were that dedicated in our following of Christ,  willing to give up anything to get to church on Sunday?  What if we made sure our children knew all about their faith?  What if we worked that hard to teach our children to bow down at God’s holy throne of grace?

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Comments

  1. says

    I couldn’t agree more – Christians have a huge responsibility in raising children who will show allegiance to the One Father. I think this is a great example of the power of Satan in this world – guiding others to worship idols of all kinds & pulling Christians away from God

  2. Robin Crump says

    Good article. I live in KY too – I see a lot of folks talking about the players and no one talking about Jesus! ;-)

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