As the remarks continued, I reached a point where I really had heard enough. I then said, “If you can prove you have earned the right to express your opinions, I will happily listen to all that you have to say.”
The two quickly responded, “What do you mean?”
I went on to explain that I was a graduate of Purdue and a member of the John Purdue Athletic Booster Club. They responded with silence and we sat down for a quiet dinner.
At that point, the bartender came out from behind the bar and showed me a wallet-sized copy of his IU diploma. We both laughed and engaged in a fun ‘tit for tat’ conversation about both universities and the upcoming game. I never heard another peep from the two guys at the bar.
The prophet Jeremiah had a similar problem during his lifetime. A lot of people were bragging about a lot of things and believed they had the answers to everything. Idolatry (divided allegiance) was a real problem in the nation of Israel. Jeremiah brought a message about what they were bragging about:
Jeremiah offers a contrast of those “idols” that others bragged about and the One True God. The idols were man made, shaped by man, dressed by man, controlled by man, moved by man, and capable of doing nothing on their own. In contrast, God was the creator and able to anything. The idols were mere scarecrows in the fields that God had created. In their lives, they spent so much time bragging about that which man had created that they had forgotten about the creator.
When was the last time you bragged about what God was doing in your life? In your family? In your church?
We will be held accountable for our actions. We have ownership of what we brag/talk about it. If you call yourself a follower of Christ, you must strive to live that commitment. Divided allegiance (hypocrisy) will not be tolerated by God.
If anyone spent time with you this week, conversing with you, listening to your stories, would they know you are a Christ-follower?
What will you be bragging about this week?
And if you have time, look for me in the crowd at a basketball game this week.