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August 21, 2017, 10:37 AM

Upward Christianity

I recently watched a video on YouTube of a Christian comedian talking about watching a youth soccer game.  When he asked which team was winning he was promptly informed that, in this particular league, this was no score kept.  The comedian continued to hilariously express his view of this type of “competition” where there are no losers and everyone gets a trophy at the end of the year.  I understand the basis of the “score-free” league is good and it’s useful in building confidence, teamwork, and learning the fundamentals of the game.  This concept is good for youth athletics but doesn’t translate well into real life.  Unfortunately, in life there are times when things don’t turn out the way we would want them to.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because, as the saying goes, all sunshine and no rain makes a desert.  Also, there are two things that help crops and plants grow, rain and manure.  Neither may sound all that exciting to have but the growth they produce is often a desired response of farmers and these types of circumstances can produce tremendous growth in people as well.  The “I’m ok, you’re ok” cultural mentality along with the idea of, “we’re all winners” tends to go against the message of the Gospel.  The truth is that no, we are not all ok.  If everyone was, then there would be no need for redemption.  We all sin and fall short of the glory of God. From the instant original sin entered the world, humanity has needed a Savior.  Secondly, and sadly, not everyone will receive a trophy in the end.  Only those who place their faith in Jesus Christ will receive the victorious crown of life.  Many people use John 3:16 in the presentation of the Gospel but leave out the reality of verses 17-18.  The truth of the Gospel can be offensive to some but is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe.  To enjoy the beauty of amazing grace a person must first understand their need for it. 


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