The Monday feature of the Worldly Saints blog focuses on a story from the sports world – current or historic. The goal is one of the following: (1) either to recognize athletes who are using their sports and athletic abilities to further the kingdom of God or (2) to show how some athletes or teams are wasting their days by not giving God the glory or (3) to simply reflect on a story from the sports world from a Christian perspective.
There is just no way to sugar-coat some things.
My Los Angeles Lakers are terrible this season. Kobe Bryant, the Hall of Famer who will retire after this season, is terrible. Our coach, Byron Scott, is terrible. Our management and/or administration is terrible. The rest of our team is pretty terrible.
Even when you thought we had a chance last week to beat the Philadelphia 76ers who were 0-18, we still got beat. Our current record is 3-17; that is a 15% winning percentage!
There is no sugar-coating it – the Lakers are bad and they aren’t getting any better any time soon.
As I reflect on the state of one of my favorite teams to cheer for, I am thankful that our lives don’t ever have to get to such a hopeless state where things are getting worse and worse and there is no “light at the end of the tunnel.” Maybe the individual who doesn’t know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior can get to such a low level where they don’t have hope that things will ever improve, but the Christian has every reason to hope.
Senseless shootings at offices may continue; drunk drivers will continue to wreak havoc on the highways; Planned Parenthood will continue to murder children. As dark as our world is getting, there is always hope and there is a promise that our world will one day be better. In fact, there is coming a day when those who know the Lord Jesus Christ will not occupy a broken world such as our own, but a perfectly righteous world where no one wakes up in the morning worried about what they might hear on the news or read in the paper.
The Apostle John tells us of such a time in his Revelation –
“1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:1-14).
Did you read that carefully? No tears, no death, no mourning, no pain, no crying, etc. That is something to hope for. That is “light at the end of the tunnel,” is it not?
Christians have every reason to be optimists. You can be shocked by the continual stepping away from morality in our country. You can be disturbed by the increase of violence and racism. You can be broken over the latest school shooting.
But Christian, there is no reason to lose hope. As long as God is sovereign (and He always has been and will be) there is every reason to hope.