This past weekend, my local high school football team, college football team and my hometown pro team all played terrible. Being a huge sport’s fan, I have really been fussing. Candidly, our neighborhood gets together on Tuesday evenings, so each of the men for sure will give his opinion especially regarding our pro team. Boy, do we know what needs to be done! And, I plan on calling my brother today to gripe about my college team. I love “Monday morning quarterbacking.” For the internationals who read the blog, I am sure that it is the same thing for your local soccer or rugby teams. This is not just an American thing!
Monday morning quarterbacking is easy. It puffs each of us up because we think we know the answers for the coaches and players. And, it usually is done via your mobile device, while sitting in comfortable chairs talking to others or giving our opinions via social media. It is so darn easy! And guess what? You don’t have to exude one bit of physical effort to be a Monday morning quarterback.
I am afraid we try to be Monday morning quarterbacks at our churches also. We give our opinions about what the preacher said or about the quality of music. It so easy to do this. And, when you think about it, we exude very little effort.
However, you look in scripture and discover there is no Monday morning quarterbacking. The Bible states clearly that each of us as Christ-followers are responsible for our actions and are to be active participants on the playing field.
- Galatians 6 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.
- 2 Corinthians 5 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
- Philippians 2 12 Therefore, my beloved, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
It is time to get off the “couch”, step on “the playing field” and start competing for the Kingdom doing what the Lord wants each of us to do.