With 5:04 left in the game all seemed lost. Green Bay was leading 19-7 in a game they controlled until that point. They had forced 3 interceptions and recovered 1 fumble. And then Russell Wilson threw for his 4th interception of the game. Now it was truly over, or was it?
Seattle, which is known for its 12th man began to see them waiver. Some of the fans who paid hundreds of dollars for their seats and had followed their team religiously for the past 5 months began to walk out. Some unable to bare the loss, others in demonstration of disappointment, still others to avoid traffic. The Seahawks lost, might as well get on and get home as soon as possible.
The remarkable comeback win they would only witness on replays and even then as deserters!
There is a lesson here for Christians. It is without a doubt that Christianity is loosing and loosing big in America. Those committed to Biblical ethics and teaching are ostracized and marginalized. Each month it seems another nail in hammered into the coffin of Christianity. Many of those opposed to Christianity rejoice, and many Christians are wavering. Some have began to withdraw and denounce what they once held dear. They choose to align themselves with the “victors” so as to not seem foolish when final victory is achieved.
With 5:03 left in the game there was no way to predict that Seahawks would ultimately win. But Christians have the clear promise in Scripture of how the end will look, regardless of the present,
And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved…When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. – Matthew 24:12-13; 25:31-34
The fans who left the game prematurely paid by not witnessing one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history. However, those who depart from the King before his glorious victory miss out on much more – the King himself and being in His Kingdom.