About halfway between our house and the church, there is a house with a flagpole. The flagpole is rather strategically placed in what seems to be a wind tunnel. Only in times when there is absolutely no breeze do the flags refuse to fly. Even the smallest breeze seems to catch the flags well, causing them to fly boldly.
The top flag is the American flag, as well it should be. But, the flag the flies beneath our nation’s flag seems to vary. When we first moved to town it was an Atlanta Braves flag. The kids thought that was just awesome considering the Braves are our favorite baseball team as well.
As baseball season ended, though, I noticed the Braves flag was gone. In its place was a Dallas Cowboys flag. Baseball season was officially behind us for a few months, and it was time for attention to be turned toward football. It made perfect sense, although in my opinion our Tennessee Titans would have even been a better choice than the Cowboys this season! But, I digress.
It is easy to see where the loyalties of our neighbors lie when they wave their banners so publicly. Our family displays several loyalties just as plainly, especially on our vehicles. The van has Arkansas Razorback stickers all around it and a Ouachita Baptist University license plate. The car has a Boy Scouts plate. It’s easy to see what things we support and enjoy.
Which leaves me to wonder – is it as easy to see where our primary loyalty lies? Being Hogs and OBU Tigers fans is just a hobby. Something fun. Being wholeheartedly sold out to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is life itself! But, when people look at us, what is the first thing they see? Is it that we are Titans fans or that we are believers in Jesus Christ?
It’s easy to get excited about sports and flaunt our preferences and loyalties for all to see. May we be even quicker and more passionate, though, about showing our loyalty to our Savior. Entertainment loyalties give us just that – a little entertainment. Loyalty to Christ gives us life. Sharing our sports preferences with others leads to what should be good-natured ribbing and competition. Sharing Christ with others leads them away from death and into life. Oh may we be willing to wave the flag of our faith more boldly and prominently than any other flag of loyalty!