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IBC Women’s Blog September 26, 2019

IBC Women’s Blog September 26, 2019

Move together through Acts: Chapters 11-12 by Jodie Montgomery

Acts 12:21-23 On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them. The people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.”

I’ve been watching some college football these days. I enjoy gathering with family and friends and cheering on someone’s alma mater on the field. I enjoy the fellowship and the food. I really enjoy the food. I enjoy the excitement and fun atmosphere.

This may be a bit of a leap to go from a passage on Herod to thinking about football, but both Bible Study and football occupy my fall. Sometimes I feel a disconnect. Sadly, the horrific tyrant Herod does provide some parallel with our modern day, game day craziness as we all too often observe competition bringing out the arrogant, volatile nature of the insecure ancient king. We can get divisive over teams and petty over plays and records. We can engage in a little idol worship as sometimes fans build up players and coaches as if they were the perfect ones. We can invest a lot of time and money into the football focus and forget those being harmed by the football fever. Yes, human trafficking amps up for college championship games and the Super Bowl. Call me a wet blanket here but at least stop mid-game and pray for the safety of children everywhere. There is a propensity to get really caught up with the trivial about your entertainment kingdom and miss looking out for the vulnerable. There is a propensity to take on all the glory and “celebrate excessively” in a way that demeans others and defiles the fellowship. Watch out for Herod.

Herod Agrippa I is remembered for killing James, imprisoning Peter and throwing fits when he didn’t get his way. He is also known for being struck down by God, eaten by worms and dying. God is the greatest Avenger. You can almost hear the audience cheering at Herod’s demise. Our days are numbered.

In contrast to Herod, there are the Saints. I’m encouraged by the many men and women that want to be remembered for loving the Savior and helping grow His church. May these heroes lead teams throughout the world and fulfill their mission to glorify the One, True God.