No. I’m not going to talk about Nike, nor am I going to talk about Colin Kaeperinck. Though, I will admit, as a childhood athlete, a football fan, and a former military dependent I could say plenty. I’m going to do what I wish many would do – NOT make this about me.
Believe in something.
My first problem is with “something.” So…just any ol’ thing? Can I believe in unicorns? Leprechauns? What if we get serious here… Can I believe in racial supremacy? A one-world government? I mean “something” is a very general term when you’re talking about a message that is going around the entire planet!
Something, by definition, means “a thing that is unspecified or unknown.” If this world needs anything right now it’s certainly to know what, or WHO, they should believe in.
We live in a world where people are believing in themselves, politicians, governments, celebrities, and more to literally solve all of their problems.
You cannot solve all of life’s problems.
Your president can not solve all of life’s problems.
Your government causes more problems than it solves.
Celebrities don’t know or even understand most things you would consider a problem!
Now, you want to believe in equality? That’s great! You want to believe in peace? Awesome idea. You want to believe in others’ beliefs not being forced upon you? Me, too! You want to stand up for taking care of your fellow man? Most of us would probably agree.
Guess what? All of those things Christ would agree with too!
“What?! No! Jesus hates different people! He wants to make me into something I’m not and unhappy!” you may say.
You couldn’t be more wrong. Jesus talked to a woman at a well that would normally be treated like a dog. Not only did he partake of water from her paws…hands but He went on to offer her a solution to her life’s problems that included self-respect and love.
Peace? When Christ was about to be dragged away and punished for crimes He had not committed, His friend cut off the ear of one of the oppressors and Christ said, “Yeah! We can take’em!” No. Christ replaced the soldier’s ear, healed him, and chastened his friend.
“But…He wants to shove Christianity down my throat!” No. Actually He doesn’t.
See? His idea was to just keep going until you find someone receptive.
“Well, I’m more about worrying about others rather than myself.” Well, settle down Sanctimonious Sally because so was Jesus. Don’t believe me?
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
1 John 4:19-21
We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
1 John 4:7-21
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. …
1 John 4:11
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? …
I think you see where I’m going with this. The whole Bible is about love because God IS love!
So, now that I’ve strategically shot down all of that, let’s talk about the rest.
Even if it means sacrificing everything.
I can’t.🤦🏻♀️ No, wait. I can. I actually, really, can.
Sacrificing friends is part of life. It’s sad but true. As you change, many will fall by the wayside.
Sacrificing endorsements? How about never able to get anyone in earthly power to endorse you.
Sacrificing your career? How about sacrificing YOUR LIFE?!
How far have we fallen when we really think that a guy who makes millions and then millions more in endorsements is “sacrificing” ANYTHING?!
Jesus Christ was and is sinless yet He heaped upon Himself the sins of the entire world, was persecuted and made fun of, sneered at by His own hometown, and still He healed and delivered those that would crucify Him. He didn’t stop there, though! He took the ultimate punishment doled out. He had His flesh shredded, thorns shoved into the crown of His head. He was spat on, kicked. He was bruised, beaten, and had a spear shoved in his side. He had nails hammered into his wrists and feet.
He had His clothes ripped from Him and a mocking sign put above a His head. He died with no dignity whatsoever though He died for us!
How dare we think we know anything about sacrifice?!
If you want to believe…believe in the One who has always believed in you – Jesus.
Even if it means sacrificing everything, because it very well could.