1 John 2:15-17 – “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
On Monday morning of this past week, a large portion of the population in Wisconsin and throughout the nation woke up reeling from something they saw as a tragedy. Their hopes were crushed; their joy was sapped away as they grieved as if someone close to them had died. These were the letters written by some of the people as they coped with their pain: Ted from Findlay, Ohio said, “We need your help to get through this loss. I am hurt. I am bitter. I could not sleep last night as I relived the half dozen or so opportunities that likely would have changed the outcome.” Jim from Appleton, Wisconsin said, “I just don’t see the point anymore. I can’t sleep, can’t eat. I feel like I had my heart broken.” Chris from Lubbock, Texas said, “It’s like someone told me a riddle and the answer is nowhere to be found. I’m so confused as to how and why.” He continues, “I’ve never seen anything like it and it hurts.”
If you haven’t figured it out by now, sadly (and I really emphasize that word “sadly”) these letters and the feelings of grief and loss and heartbreak are referring to the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks. These thoughts and questions were written to Vic Ketchman of Packers.com, where he replied with his thoughts. Ironically, and once again, “sadly,” Sunday was Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Sunday was a day to acknowledge the true tragedy that exists through the disgusting and barbaric act of abortion. Sunday was a day set aside to think about, and pray against, such barbarism. Yet Sunday became a day where we cherished the temporary and fleeting. It became a day where our hearts were grieved, not over the things that grieve God’s heart, but over that which is a fleeting.
Let me be the first to say that I am a Packers fan. I understand the disappointment and frustration over what happened on Sunday, because I felt it. But, wow, our feelings in this time should really give us some perspective as to that which we love in this world. I’m going to go so far and say that if our love of a sports team causes us such heartbreak in the midst of real and actual tragedy that we are ignoring, then we (I) should do all that we (I) can to cut that love out of our life so as to show true and unflinching loyalty and love to God. Truthfully, we should be grieved over that which grieves God’s heart. And truthfully, the majority of Wisconsinites missed it on Sunday and Monday. For that we should be grieved.
God is not calling us to asceticism to the point where we completely separate ourselves from this world and enjoy nothing but reading our Bibles in isolation. God isn’t calling us to hide out in a cave in the desert and become totally irrelevant. God is calling us to be a light in the darkness. He is calling us to enjoy that which he has created and to worship him for what he has created, but not to worship that which he has created. May our love of God deepen as we grow in our understanding and appreciation for who He is, what He has done, and what He has blessed us with. May we see the signs that reveal when we have come to love and cherish that which he has created to the point where we are ignoring that which truly grieves God’s heart.