Daniel Foster | @DanielFoster07
In just a few weeks I’ll be joining men and women on couches across the country as we paint ourselves from head to toe, line the kitchen counter with all the finest finger foods, cheering on our favorite football team, all while wearing an outdated jersey 4 sizes too big.
Or something like that.
College football is my favorite sport, and the best part about it? I get to observe it from the comfort of my own couch.
I don’t have to endure the heat of long practices, I don’t have to feel the exhaustion after games, and I don’t have to feel the weight of disappointment if I let my teammates down. I get excited when we win, and I get upset when we lose, but at the end of the day I’m just a mere spectator. Nothing more. Nothing less. I haven’t contributed anything.
And I’m okay with that.
However, far too often, we as Christians treat our faith as if we were mere spectators.
We attend church services, we show up for activities, but when it comes down to actually serving and living out our faith, we show little to no gumption. I ran across this verse the other day and it really made me pause and think:
“This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on My side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.”
-Matthew 12:30 (MSG)
These were pretty tough words for me to swallow. There is no neutral ground, we can’t sit in the middle. You are either with Jesus, or you’re not. It’s that simple. If we are on Christ’s team, its time for us to get involved and stop attempting to watch from the sidelines.
“If you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.”
I could write another entire blog post on this (and I might), but for the moment I think it speaks loud and clear. As Christians, let’s get off the sidelines, stop being spectators, and actually start helping.
Daniel Foster comes from the outskirts of Atlanta. He serves on staff at DeVotie Baptist Church where he is the student pastor. Daniel is a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves. You can find him on Twitter at @danielfoster07.