I enjoy watching football. I especially enjoy watching football when the team I like comes out on top. Currently we are in “no-game” land…where the only football I’m able to watch are reruns of games already played. I think back to this year’s Super bowl. For those who aren’t aware, the Patriots won. I’m sure it was rigged somehow. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Interestingly enough the Patriots engineered a masterful comeback after being 20+ points behind toward the end of the game. It was considered the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time. And, then, the unthinkable happened. The star quarterback’s smelly jersey disappeared. Interestingly enough, after this incredible feat of football brilliance, the jersey was now worth a whopping $50,000! Believe it or not, NFL security, the New England Patriots and even the FBI were searching for it! Now that’s one important piece of dirty laundry. The jersey was stolen and carted across the Mexican border since the Super bowl took place in Houston TX. The Mexican tabloid La Prensa identified the suspect as Mauricio Ortega, the newspaper’s director. Houston Police Chief Art Acevado said he would “fully anticipate charges being brought,” and that the charges could include transporting stolen goods across state lines and out of the country. This story would be hilarious were it not so sad. While I see the importance of placing the jersey in a glass case alongside other memorabilia reminiscent of glory days gone by, it amazed me as to how much time, effort and toil was spent returning it to its rightful owner. Honestly, there are folks less interested in returning human beings to their rightful owner! Think about it. We’ve been created in the image of the Almighty God. We chose to live a life of sin. Jesus came to ‘find us’, reclaim us, wash us and display us for the world to see. But, you’ll fail to see the importance of folks giving their life to Christ in the headlines. It’s just not that interesting, is it? Personally, I wouldn’t have given you $100 for the jersey, unless I could have made a huge profit, which I’m certain it could have. But I’d sure like to see folks redeemed from their sins. News like that need to be tomorrow’s headlines.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.