The Dallas Cowboys are 1-7. Yesterday they fired their coach in the middle of the season.
So today I’m wearing a Cowboys windbreaker. Underneath that is a Cowboys jersey–injured quarterback Tony Romo, to be precise. Underneath that is a Cowboys t-shirt. Underneath that is just my linebacker bod. Okay, more like a desk jockey bod, but that’s not the point. I’ve crowned it all with a pretty sharp Dallas Cowboys hat. And I am not ashamed.
A fan should be a fan at all times, through good and bad. My family (on Mom’s side, at least) have been Cowboys fans for 50 years. We’ve seen the good and bad. I grew up in Redskins country when the Cowboys went 1-15. I enjoyed the Super Bowl years with Emmitt, Aikman, and Irvin. And now they really stink and just fired their coach. (Their biggest problem, of course, is their owner–but that’s a different blog post altogether!)
I wore the silver, blue, and white during the great times, so why should that change now? A day will come when they are again Super Bowl champions. And on that day, I’ll still be wearing my Dallas gear. What’s the point in being a fan if you’re only a fair-weather fan? How can you truly celebrate the highs if you’re not willing to suffer through the lows?
So I’m sporting my allegiance today loud and clear. Let there be no doubt which team my affection belongs to.
But there’s a bigger point than that.
My greatest allegiance belongs to Jesus Christ. Right now it looks like He’s not winning the war. If you look around at how the world seems to be falling apart, it looks doubtful that He’s going to emerge victorious in the end. But He will! Revelation 17:14 says: “They will wage war against the Lamb [that's Jesus], but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
Did you catch that? Jesus will triumph, “and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers”–that is, the ones who wear His gear through good times and bad. I am clothed in Christ, and I am not ashamed.
When all is said and done and Jesus comes again, I want there to be no doubt whose I am. I want it to be loud and clear that all along I’ve been clothed in Christ, layer after layer after layer, all the way from the top of my head to the bottom of my heart. I want it to be abundantly clear at all times that Jesus Christ is my God, my Savior, and my King.
Go Cowboys… and go Jesus!!!!