Tomorrow, the Sports Spectrum radio team will meet to record radio programs—and someone is going to have bragging rights. You see, I am a fan of the LA Angels and my co-host on the program is Bill Houston—a lifelong, died-in-the-wool, never-wavering Baltimore Orioles fan. The kicker is that, this past weekend, my Angels traveled to his Orioles for a three-game weekend series. The Angels won Friday night and the Orioles won Saturday night, meaning that Sunday’s game was going to decide the series and give one of us reason to celebrate and the other reason to hope the subject never comes up tomorrow (I am not going to comment on who won).
This, of course, is part of what makes sports fun. We have our favorite teams and favorite players who, of course, compete against other people’s favorite teams and favorite players—and we cheer for our favorites to prevail. The resulting bragging rights for those whose teams win (like those ever-present Yankee fans) is part of why we cheer and part of why we care. And, kept in proper perspective, it is all good fun.
When it comes to the stuff of life that really matters, however, things need not be so competitive. Not so edgy. For those who know Christ, our “bragging rights” are not found in boasting about men (1 Cor.3:21), or our abilities (1 Cor.9:16), or of people’s accomplishments (2 Cor.10:16), or even of any ability we may think we have had to save ourselves (Eph.2:8-9). The apostle Paul makes it clear that we only have the right to boast (real bragging rights) about one thing—the cross of Christ:
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)
At the end of the day, the only thing worth boasting about is the love of a God who would give His Son to die for me. Talk about the best kind of bragging rights—that is it!
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain