Every Friday is Tiger Spirit Day at our small-town school. Our four children participate each week, just like almost every other student does. Friday during P.E., Biscuit was with his 2nd grade class and also the 3rd grade class. Coach W. and his assistant, a senior in high school and football player, were talking to the students. Biscuit began bad-mouthing the high school football team, saying that they were going to get beat that night, by the opposing team, who was rated third in our class C.
Coach W., getting tired of the bad-mouthing, but also teasing Biscuit a bit, told him to go to the bathroom and turn his Tiger Spirit shirt wrong-side out and then come back to the group. Biscuit did as he was told. He and Coach W. talked a bit, but Biscuit told his coach he thought his mom would be upset if his shirt was turned that way (funny!). He took off his shirt...right there....in front of the whole 2nd and 3rd grade classes, Coach W. and the HS football player. But, Biscuit didn't just switch his shirt quickly. When the students got tickled about his bare chest, Biscuit decided to entertain them a bit, by "flexing his muscles" for them. (Not that a 7 year old has muscles to flex.)
Coach W. and the HS boy were laughing so hard that they could hardly get enough breath to tell Biscuit to get his shirt back on. Eventually they did and that was the end of that story....as I've heard it.
However, it's not the end of the story. For one, we promptly gave our friend, Coach W. the "okay" to spank Biscuit, if and when needed. Not that he'll ever do it, but the threat is there, if needed. Biscuit knows it, too. But secondly, and even more importantly, the Tigers did win that game and BEAT the #3 team!!! Yeah for the Tigers! They are now District Champs and the first one or two playoff games will be in our own home town. That's super!
If you are a Christian, you're on God's team. But, just like Biscuit being a Tiger, but not supporting his team, sometimes Christians want the name, but don't want to "show the spirit" for God's team. In other words, one may want the name Christian, but not act like one.
Biscuit is a Tiger, but he doesn't always show school spirit. So, now....will Biscuit show more school spirit now that they're champs? I think so. He's kind of a fair-weathered fan. He's with you when he's winning....he's against you if you're not!
A follower of God, in the Bible, is often described as a tree that bears good fruit. We will be recognized by our fruit.....by the life we live. In other words, as members of God's team, we must show some team spirit!
He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
"Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.