It has been 3 days since the Game. If you live in Minnesota you know what Game. Three days ago the Minnesota Vikings lost what many thought was their “destiny” game to win them a bid in the Superbowl. I heard that 60% of the homes in Minnesota had the game on their TV. (which makes me wonder how they know that – do they have a camera in my house ….)
By the way, they lost. Did I mention that? If I didn’t, someone else did, over and over, and over. I discovered a little feature on my Google mobile as I was watching the game, I could stream “tweets” that mentioned the Vikings. So in real time I watched people vent both their frustration and joy at what they were seeing. ( Just a side note as I sit here at the Monkey this morning – there is a quiet conversation taking place cross the room – the topic – the game.) As the game wound to an end the theme was all one sided. Deep frustration was heard.
For those of you who don’t know me, I am a Packer Fan. I grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and it is in the genes. But even I was cheering for the Vikings and I would have been delighted to see them in the Superbowl. As a Minnesota resident many of my friends are Vikings fans. A few minutes after the game I took a visit to Facebook just to see what everyone was saying about the game. I was amazed to see all the posts that had been placed by my “friends”, many of which I could not repeat on this blog. As I sat there saddened by the reaction of so many to what was nothing more than a game, the words of St. James came rushing to my mind.
James 3:8-10 (NIV)
8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
On Sunday night, less than 12 hours after many of the Saints of God had gathered to sing His praise the words they were spewing were not “praise worthy.” I took time to share these thoughts with many of my facebook friends.
Then I came across another post from a “friend” of mine:
My spirit was lifted – here was a young man, I am proud to count among my “friends” who has a perspective that we all need. But Jeff put the whole thing into perspective with just a few short words. I think that is the nature of the wonderful “Living and active” word of God.”
There is little I could add to what Jeff said. So I will just stop here!
Live today basking in the Victory that IS ours!