As a member of the University of Louisville’s Class of 1991, I consider it my duty and honor to bring the cardinal red to my many students who claim to bleed blue. Tonight is the big rematch… Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Fourth seed U of L Cardinals verses 8th seed U K Wildcats. Yesterday I broke out my U of L NCAA Championship “Cut the Net” shirt from last year. Today’s outfit I planned earlier in the week: Red pants, black shirt, red & black bracelet given to me by a student, and my new totally cute cardinal infinity scarf. Go CARDS!
All that brings me to a confession… I’ve not watched a basketball game all season outside of the ones my students have played. No college games. Not even when U of L and UK met for the first time. Yet I’m decked out from head to toe like a true fan and I’ll talk smack with my students like I’m all out for my CARDS, but wouldn’t a true fan have watched at least one game?
Jesus was pretty straightforward with the religious leaders of his day.
“Woe to you, teachers and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” Matthew 23: 27-28
So tonight I will watch my first game of the season and root for my Cards- I did after all graduate from there so that is where my fan status is based. However, this confession regarding U of L leads me to a deeper and more important question: do I ever act and look the part of a concerned Christian with hands held high in worship yet house a heart that is indifferent? Do I wear a Christian t-shirt, attend church, or put up facebook statuses that say everyone should ‘like’ to prove you love Jesus just for the sake of image? Do I concern myself more with looking the part rather than taking the time to sit down and read the Word and actually walk the part? Jesus had no time for the whitewashed Pharisees. This world has no time for look-like Christians. Time is ticking. Christ’s return draws near. Lord, may I be intent about walking with you and helping others to see you. May I place the priority on the inside and not on the outside. Amen!