I've always heard about the tradition and atmosphere surrounding Texas A&M, but have never experienced it myself until the 2010 A&M / Nebraska football game.
My friends, the Abel's & family, were naturally excited about introducing me to their passion. The adventure began with planning to leave at 11:30am for the 7:00pm game kickoff. We toured the campus, got our official "maroon out" shirts, went to the player walk-in (a pre-pep rally) with the F-16 fighter fly-by, band sound off, corp line-up, and on through a sea of tailgating fans in route to the stadium. We immediately were handed growl towels after getting in the gate. All ages were together as one.
As we surveyed the area from the top of the stadium before heading down to our seats on the 10th row, I couldn't help but think... this is what church should be like.
Yell leaders strategically positioned around the stadium united the massive crowd in one voice. My leg was pushed in front as people throughout linked arms on shoulders to sway to a familiar cheer. I couldn't get the songs out of my head for days! There was much more to the football game, band, crowd, and storming the field after an intense battle for victory just to celebrate. I couldn't get it out of my mind... this is what church should be like.
I could have been dropped off in the city and found my way to the game myself. I know football and would have enjoyed the game by myself... BUT it could not have matched being guided through the experience from someone who knew all the background and was excited about sharing it. Again... that is what church should be like.
Acts 15:19, “...we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.”
You can't come in contact with the Gospel... Cross... Relationship with Jesus... without serious struggle - something we all must give account. Yet, we are reminded of the Peace in knowing Christ personally and the Joy in sharing His love with those around us.
What other positive lessons could we apply in the church that we see demonstrated at a ball game?