The headlines blasted across every major news outlet. New York Yankees Aaron Judge had broken Roger Maris’ single season American league record of 61 home runs, set in 1961. It was a record that stood in the record books for many years and had never been broken, except for three times! Prior to this season, Maris’ record had been bested by three other major league players: Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa. Yet, their achievements are tainted since they were also using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. As a result, their records are not universally accepted, usually igniting heated debates amongst baseball fans, players, and sports commentators. Even as this story of Aaron Judge was being reported, one commentator stated, “Yes, Judge broke Roger Maris’ record unless you believe the three others did it before him.”
Another sports commentator chimed in, “I do believe it. My beliefs are more important than yours!”
It was amusing and made a poignant point. Instead of baseball, I could have been listening to two people debating the merits of religion and Christianity. All of us hold strong opinions about a variety of topics. While sports may generate animated discussions, religion and politics usually are singled out as the most inflammatory and I would aver that religion tops politics. Christians, in particular, are often labeled as bigoted and closed minded. Is this true?
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NASB)
There is a reason why this Bible verse is so popular. It explains God’s love, grace, and mercy to all of us. God knocks on the door of everyone’s heart. He does not force His way in. He created us and even though we rejected Him, He took the initiative to provide the pathway to reconciliation through faith and belief in His Son, Jesus Christ.
My beliefs are not more important than yours. Only God’s beliefs matter. Whoever believes in Him will have eternal life and salvation.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.