In A Heart Like His, authors Mike and Amy Nappa provided twelve reasons why they stopped going to sporting events.
Here are the twelve reasons:
1. Whenever I go to a game, they ask for more money.
2. The other fans don’t care about me.
3. The seats are too hard.
4. The coach never visits.
5. The ump/referee makes calls I disagree with.
6. Some of the games go into overtime which causes me to be late for dinner.
7. The band plays songs that I do not know.
8. I have other things to do at game time.
9. My parents took me to too many games when I was growing up.
10. I know more than the coaches do anyway.
11. I can be just as good a fan at the lake.
12. I won’t take my kids to a game either. They must choose for themselves what teams to follow (Nappa).
I do not know the Nappas personally, but I believe they are trying to make a point about something else here. Wouldn’t you agree?
We recognize that there is a reason why football stadiums are packed to the rafters each week. There is a reason why fans will part with their entire paycheck in exchange for seats on the 50-yard line. There is a reason why these same folks will sit atop uncomfortable metal bleachers for hours in the freezing cold. All the while, they hope – they pray – for overtime!
No. No one really reasons like this about sporting events, but many have adopted this line of reasoning in a futile effort to justify why they will not are nowhere to be found among the church – the household of God (cf. 1 Tim. 3:15). People have offered up excuses such as:
“All the church cares about is money!”
“No one there cares about me.”
“The pews are uncomfortable.”
“The [preacher, elders, etc.] never visits.”
“The Bible class teacher says things that I disagree with.”
“The preacher often preaches into overtime, and I’ve got lunch!”
“The songleader leads songs that I have never even heard.”
“I’m busy. I have other things to do on Sundays.”
“My parents took me to too many church services when I was growing up.”
“I know more than the they do anyway.”
“I can be just as good a Christian at home, the mall, or the lake.”
“I need to let my kids choose for themselves what they will believe.”
Behind every one of these meagre excuses is an issue of the heart – the inner man. All that we do flows out of our heart (cf. Prov. 4:23). The bottom line is that we all do what it is we love. May we be a people who love Christ and his church!
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37).
Nappa, Mike and Amy. A Heart Like His. Barbour, 1999.