The World Cup tournament that has just ended with France as the champion shed many key lessons for a healthy church:
- Everyone in Church is important
Despite his histrionics, Neymar of Brazil and football stars like Messi of Argentina and Kane of England cannot win any match without the rest of the team members. Harry Kane could score the highest number of 6 goals because the
re were team mates like Lingard and Trippier who fed him the crosses. So it is not the Neymars or the Messis or the Kanes of the church that are the heroes but the whole church as well as the many unknowns who supply the crosses who deserve our cheers and recognition.
- Unity is key
The major shock of the tournament was undoubtedly the exit of the much fancied defending champions Germany in the first round. One of the stars leaked to the media that there were internal bickering and division. When the wounds within were not healed, the results showed on the outside. No matter how far the church has come, we must continue to preserve unity and not be complacent in mending rifts and addressing the wounds of the people.
- The Spirit of Togetherness
The world has much to teach the church in this. This spirit of togetherness was evident in every match. As the cameras zoomed in on the spectators, many of them proudlydon the jerseys of their teams and waving their national flags and banners. When a goal was scored, two contrasting emotions surfaced. Fans of the winning teams, jumped with joy, hugged one another and applauded the goal scorers with thunderous claps and shouts. Wild euphoria. Supporters of the losing sides groaned with dismay and deep sadness was written on their faces. Tears were even shed. Supporters on the terraces and the unseen hosts of fans in their homes inevitably identified with the triumph orthe defeat of their teams. They were in a strange but real way, living out the fortunes or misfortunes of their footballing heroes. The players “highs” and “lows” are vicariously absorbed by fans and supporters. Pastors of churches who have congregations like these are blessed. They truly knew what it is to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. This spirit will truly attract the blessing of God as the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 133.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” Psalm 133:1, 3 NIV
Pastor Ron Hee