Football, Unity, and Church

Football, Unity, and Church

Football, Unity, and Church

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We are right on the cusp of the 2011 NFL football season. To the uninformed its difficult to appreciate the orchestration taking place on the gridiron. An offensive drive is like a choreographed dance, a drama unfolding.

The task of scoring is too great for one. It requires everyone coming together in unity, all 11 players, putting their personal preferences, their massive egos, and hidden agendas aside for the sake of the team.

I love to see a tackle step back and run around the end. That 400 pound giant becomes a battering ram, making a path for his running back. The next play, the lineman and running back stay behind and block for the quarterback so he can throw a timing pattern to a receiver who gladly runs his route. The center doesn’t ever ask to do the quarterback’s job. He’s happy to snap the ball every single time. When all 11 are in unity the defensive opposition gets run over. Victories are won. Championships are won.

As an NFL team must have unity, the local church must have unity. If it’s not there the opposition takes the ball away and runs in the wrong direction. Like every member of a football team is important, every member in a local church is vital. We all have an important role to play The task of scoring is too great for one, two, three, or four. To win the victory over our adversary we need everyone coming together.

Ephesians 4:1-3 – As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

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