It was amazing how, in the wake of the destruction of super-storm Sandy, so much scrutiny and focus was given to the decision regarding whether or not the New York Marathon would be run. While NBA and NFL games went on unquestioned, the appropriateness of running the Marathon was being argued in the media. Why run a race that will take you through the areas most devastated by the storm? Why run the race when people were still struggling to clean up from the destruction while still lacking power and water? Why run the race when the resources necessary for that race could be redirected toward the recovery efforts?
The debate continued and the pressure escalated until the debate had become a storm of its own. And, when the decision was finally announced that the race would be canceled, criticism continued. Why wasn’t the decision made earlier? Why did it take so long? What would happen to the tens of thousands of runners who had come to New York for the race? A decision was needed, and the clock was ticking.
There is another decision that faces every person on earth. It may not carry with it the media scrutiny or public examination of the politically charged decisions of our day, but it carries with it consequences that are even more far-reaching. It is the decision that the apostle John called people to in his generation and that the Scriptures continue to call people to in our generation:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:16-17).
The greatest decision facing everyone is whether or not we will enter into a relationship with God through Christ. God has demonstrated His love, Christ has given Himself to be the sacrifice in our place, and the invitation goes out to everyone to believe in Him and receive life and forgiveness.
Through Christ, God offers us eternal life forever and abundant life now. All that remains is the decision—the question is, what will your decision be?
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain