In 2009 the unthinkable happened…no, not the H1N1 Swine Flu epidemic…nor am I referring to the death of the King of Pop. Rather, something that hit really close to home for most Minnesota Viking fans. This was the year that the arch-nemesis and continued object of Viking fandom ridicule, left the ‘dark side’ and came to Minnesota to join the forces of good and fight the dark forces of the Green Bay Packers…defeating the green enemy twice that year.
I cannot imagine that I was the only one struggling with accepting Brett Favre as our new quarterback after having rooted for his demise for 16 seasons. Yet, I was astounded that as he donned the royal purple and gold and began throwing touchdowns for the good guys. I came to the realization…“this guy is on our side…he is for us…he is one of us.”
I hardly even remember that interception in overtime of the NFC championship game against the Saints. Out of his career leading interceptions…why did he have to throw that one? After that game…he nearly retired…again, which interestingly, would have left him having his very first and his very last NFL passes…both going down as interception.
Instead, he came back in 2010…he did not have the magical year that he had in 2009…but he was still one of the good guys.
This strikes me as a picture of unity. When people have a common goal…we find a deep unity arising. That is the beauty of the Church. In Acts chapter 4 we see a great unity begin in this new community of believers. They are people from every tribe, nation, culture and language…(it is like every team in football has sent in their representative)…and with the common goal of Christ and making him known…they unite.
The depth of the unity is so great. They are willing to give of their time, their money, their property and their love for each other, because of their shared love for Christ.
May we come to have Christ in common…and unite to make His Name Great!