Sports Funerals and Needing a Bigger Story
The other day I came across a video about sports funerals on David Swanson’s blog. It started off somewhat goofy, but by the time the video was over, I was flat out disturbed. The video started off with a Baltimore funeral director sharing about the first sports themed funeral that he could remember being a part of. He thought back to 2001, the year the Ravens won the Super Bowl. From there, a bunch of people share stories of sports related funerals. If you have 8 minutes, the video is worth the watch:
Now, when it comes to sports my loyalties are well known. The Capitals, Redskins, and Orioles are pretty much the only teams worth cheering for, and if you don’t like them I pray for your soul. While I might be a little intense when it comes to my team, I don’t know that I would want to be identified with them ad infinitum. After I depart this terrestrial ball I would rather be known for my love of Jesus and Theresa, than for how I hugged a complete stranger at Buffalo Wild Wings in Orlando after Joel Ward scored the overtime game winner in the seventh game of the Caps-Bruins playoff series (though it was a cool moment).
Watching this, it is more clear to me than ever that the world around us is seeking to find something bigger than themselves with which to connect. There is a yearning to be a part of something incredible to which they can attach their story… something that will give them hope. In many ways, our role as church leaders is to help connect them with that hope. Our role is to help the world around us to connect into the bigger story that they so deeply yearn to be a part of.
I am convinced that there is no greater story than Christ’s blood, shed on my behalf to restore me to right relationship with my creator. This is a story far better than another Super Bowl win for the Redskins, or a Stanley Cup for the Capitals… this is a story with eternal significance, generational impact, and radical life change. If we can’t make that story more exciting than a baseball game, we are in the wrong business.
How do YOU communicate a bigger story?