For most people, college football season is officially over. The lockers in the locker rooms are cleaned out, the stadiums are empty husks, and the marching bands have long since stopped marching. Again, for most, they’re in the long, barren wasteland of nothingness that is the college football offseason. They have nothing to look forward to until the first reports of spring football and the appearance of season previews during the long, hot August days of this summer.
However, for some of us die-hards, we will always have February 3rd. For many people, this Wednesday will come and go like most other Wednesdays. But, some of us will be watching our mobile phones, tablets, and computers waiting to here the details of the phenomenon called National Signing Day. Starting early on Wednesday morning, young men from all over the country will begin to sign their national letter of intent, officially declaring which college they will spend the next 4-5 years playing football.
These young men have been recruited for the last year. For those really gifted players, its been several years. Coaches have put time, money, and effort into trying to convince these young athletes to come play at their university.
Most of them have already declared their allegiance and will send their letter to the university without a hitch. But, there will be some surprises. Young men who have verbally declared to go to a university, which is a non-binding agreement, will suddenly “flip” and send their binding letter of intent to another university in the last minute. The coaches and fans of one university will rejoice, while another’s will be reeling at the news. These switching of allegiances can, depending on the position or need of the team, be devastating to the jilted university.
What about our allegiance to God? Most of us have made the declaration that we are on His side. We’ve let most everyone know that our allegiance is true and that we have no intention of flipping.
But, the reality of the matter is that for many Christians, their allegiance can flip many times back and forth between God and the world. Its a reality that needed to be addressed even in the first century when Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt. 6:24).
The real question is, have we ever considered how devastating it can be to the cause of Christ when we do so?
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame."