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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Unashamed at the Big Game

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes . . . “ (Romans 1:16).

Gloria and I are Broncos fans. Our Bronco flag is waving outside in a cold wind, and we will be cheering for the Broncos this afternoon. But we will be cheering from the comfort of our family room, unlike thousands of fans that have chosen to brave bone-chilling temperatures at Sports Authority Field.

If you watch the game, you will see a flood of Bronco orange cover the stadium, and you can expect to see some outlandish outfits and homemade orange-lettered signs in support of the home team. Some displays of loyalty may lead you to conclude insanity has invaded the stadium. However, you will not see a paper sack draped over any fan’s head. Not a single Bronco fan will be ashamed to declare his or her loyalty.

Christians ought to be unashamed of the gospel. Whereas the Broncos win some games and lose others, the gospel declares the good news that Jesus is victorious over sin, Satan, and the grave.  He is omnipotent and invincible. He saves all who believe on Him and makes us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Now, that’s something to cheer about.

May our loyalty to Him increase, and may we unashamedly say—and show—that we are on the Lord’s side.