Braggin’ Rights

Jeremiah 9:23–24

Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; but let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me.

Romans 1:16

Paul wrote: I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith.

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These are dark days for fans of Texas football. At least four major teams are having seasons of shame: Texas A&M, University of Texas, Dallas Cowboys, and Houston Texans can’t seem to get a win or catch a break on the injury front. Then comes the bickering and blame-gaming: The GM and coach don’t get along. The scouts didn’t do a very good job. The coach can’t keep his players in line. It’s sad. TCU, U of H, Texas Tech, or Baylor may provide some bright spots. But fans of those other teams have no bragging rights.

When it comes to God and Gospel, however, we are urged to boast. Have you ever thought of boasting in God? Have you ever even considered wearing your tee-shirt or ball cap emblazoned with cross, fish, or Bible verse as a token of pride. My approach in these outward expressions of faith have much to do with hoped-for publicity, soft-sell witness, or invitation to believe. But this is a new thought to me; actually boasting about my God is a different thing altogether.

I’m not certain this calls for an in-your-face declaration, “My God is greater than all other gods.” But I’m not sure that shouldn’t be more the spirit of our public witness and testimony. It’s certainly not politically-correct to make such a claim. But think of this: what difference does it make whether your team wins or loses the game or has a winning the season? On the other hand, our alignment with the King of the Universe has eternal consequences. Teams come and teams go, but our God stands forever, and those who look to him truly have something to brag about. That’s good news for which we never heed to be ashamed.

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