As a wife to my husband, and mother of three sons, I am glad I know a few things about football. My husband tells me often how blessed he is to have a wife who will watch the games with him, and can actually discuss what is going on! Roll Tide and Go Gamecocks!
Occasionally I read fan boards after a game. It’s interesting to see how fans react when their team plays well, or not so well. Some of it is downright mean. But, there is one thing that always makes me shake my head: when people major on something that doesn’t matter, or makes no difference in the game.
There is a well-known sportscaster who often mispronounces names, or even assigns the wrong name to a player. It floors me that there will be twenty-five comments about the wrong name. There are cries that he should be fired over THE WRONG NAME! That has nothing to do with the outcome of the game. It’s a side issue that gets one away from the main issue – the game.
How easy in Christianity it is to major on things that don’t matter – things that have no bearing on the game. Just so we can get an idea of what is meant by side issues that are not game changers, I will list a few. The list is just to stimulate your thinking.
- A coffee shop has a solid red cup, but it doesn’t say Merry Christmas on it. (Who cares!)
- The music is too loud. (Wear earplugs. I have worn them on occasion.)
- I’m leaving the church because they are changing the name. (Yep! I’ve actually seen this more than once.)
- While preaching, the minister says one thing you disagree with, and after that there is nothing good in the message, the church or the minister.
- While listing names of those who helped with a project, your name was left off.
- The pastor would not change what you thought should be changed.
None of these things will rescue one soul from hell. None of these things will make an eternal difference. They are side issues from the main issue – Jesus Christ.
Beloved, it’s time to get back to keeping the main thing the main thing. The most important thing that people need is Jesus – knowing Him, trusting Him, following Him. It is so easy to get tripped up on discussions and quarrels that aren’t central to the faith.
By no means are we to ignore everything, or turn a blind eye to everything, but we must check ourselves to be sure we keep the focus on the main point: “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. And what is the main thing? The main thing is knowing God and making Him known.