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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 06:49:27 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: HEAVENLY CONNECTIONS

A Prime Time Draft
 by Tim Hall

A hush has fallen over the entire professional football
fanbase. The annual NFL draft has begun and the St.
Louis Rams have ten minutes to make the first
selection. 

For the first time the draft is being televised in prime 
time, showing how hugely popular this event is.

All who follow sports know that this event has been
discussed in agonizing detail for the last several
weeks. The "experts" — and there are those who make a
lucrative living on being experts on the draft — have
laid out their projections. One site projected the
picks for the entire seven rounds of the draft.

Not everyone is so big into football (for example, me).
Some of us are fanatics about basketball, golf,
gardening, cooking, etc. Everyone, it seems, has
something that drives them. "I Live For..." is a bumper
sticker that has been produced in many flavors.

We're not here to condemn football or any other type of
hobby or pursuit. We're here to ask, "Does the Lord get
this type of enthusiasm?"

"Delight yourself also in the Lord," advised David in
Psalm 37:4, "and he shall give you the desires of your
heart" (NKJV). I've heard my brethren talk about
activities in which they've delighted: the big game
they attended, the race or the fishing trip.

Rarely do I hear that kind of enthusiasm for worship,
Bible study, prayer time or opportunities for service.

What does Christ want? Paul told us: "Who gave himself
for us, that he might redeem us from every lawless deed
and purify for himself his own special people, zealous
for good works" (Titus 2:14).

I mention this point because I've been directed to do
so: "Speak these things, exhort and rebuke with all
authority. Let no one despise you" (Titus 2:15).

"Zealous" is a word that describes how folks feel about
a lot of activities. Unfortunately, doing good works is
not in the top ten list of things over which Christians
get excited (based on this preacher's unscientific
observations). Yes, there are exceptions. But they are
exceptions, not the rule.

Crowds turn out for the big ball game. Hordes show up
at the advertised sale at the mall. Events for
religious edification typically draw sparse attendance.
What does this say about our values?

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be
also" (Matthew 6:21).

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