The middle of August is as predictable a time as any in Dallas. It’s scalding hot. School’s starting. The football helmets are beginning to crack. This is one of my favorite times of the year, not just because the Metroplex’s kingpin sport will be played from peewee to professional, but also because of the gospel opportunities at hand.
In some sense, football in Texas transcends any notion of mere sport. Badminton and tennis are sports, but people have yet to pay $12 to fill a stadium of 20,000 to watch high school kids play them, as great as they might be. Here, football is the community event. Though like anything it has its pitfalls and excesses, the sport brings together scores of people – as diverse as they come – to enjoy the most popular game in the United States.
For the church, the popularity of football presents a unique opportunity for us to engage the city with the hope of the gospel. Friday nights allow us to watch and learn the culture of our respective towns. They also present us with a chance to forge new friendships and cultivate those we already have.
So this fall consider taking the initiative to invite your neighbor or co-worker to a game. Develop friendships, root for your hometown, learn the culture of your city and cultivate gospel-centered community.
If not that, use the season as an opportunity to open your home to your neighborhood, friends and Home Group. There will be no shortage of primetime college games on Saturdays. The same goes for the NFL on Sundays – people who don’t even like football will still come over to watch the Cowboys play, especially if you make good queso.
God, who created all things, gave us football to enjoy – another way for Him to exhibit His creative genius – and even if you’re not a fan, there no’s denying that football in Dallas brings people together. My prayer is that we, like Christ, would be where our people are. Interested in the game? Sure. Intent on living out the good news of Christ’s love? Yes and amen.