National Championship Ponderings

Another college football season ha come to an end. The Auburn Tigers are on top of the hill. It's no secret that I love me some college football. The next 7 months or so are my "blue time" waiting for college football to return.

Anyone who knows me knows that my football allegiance lies with the Crimson Tide of Alabama. As it turned out, they weren't playing in the national championship so I had to pull for someone else: the Oregon Ducks or in-state rival Auburn. I chose Auburn because my affection for the SEC trumped my dislike for Auburn.

I have been thinking about a couple of things leading up to and since the game. It amazes me that people would cheer against their own conference and a fellow representative of your state... All because it's Auburn.

Sadly, this reminded me of a scene that plays out far too often in the Christian world. There are people who will not cheer on their brothers and sisters in Christ simply because they aren't of the same denomination or even the same church as them. This is a sad state. This also spits in the face of our Savior's prayer from John 17 that we would be unified. This also flies in the face of 1 Corinthians 12:26.

I understand that there are some differences in thought among the children of God just as there is differences among children in any family. The key thing to remember is that we are on the same team and part of the same family if we believe Jesus is the one and only Son of God and provider of salvation. Our awesome God will receive much more glory when the world sees unity in His body.

With that being said, I guess it's time for me to give proper props... Congrats Auburn.


Ryan Hollingsworth said...

I had some heated debates about this yesterday... I like the colors green and yellow more than orange and blue, but Auburn is an SEC team, a bama team, and a really good school that i've actually heard of. So despite being a bama alum, fan, and resident of Tuscaloosa County, i went for Auburn...

Twitter and facebook alike were ablaze with anti auburn sentiments, and many of them cruel in nature, demeaning and slanderous... "auburn cheats" well, if auburn could get away with cheating why do we still have refs on and off the field? is that impartiality skewed?

No, i think the refs are fine, like you said we're looking for reasons for auburn to be cheaters or unworthy of their title, but at the end of the day... they earned their title under the same rules, the same teams, the same refs as Bama did they year prior.... so unless Bama is a cheating scamming rotten team as well....

It does great things for the state, the economy, enrollment at UA, and AU universities to have 2 titles in this state, 2 years in a row... we should be proud of our state, happy for Auburn, and diehard bama fans should be hopeful that next year we'll keep that first quarter energy all four quarters next year during the Iron Bowl.