It was fun taking Hannah to her first WVU football game last week. There really is something about the atmosphere of a live game in a big time venue that is electric. It starts in the parking lot with all the tail-gating and builds as you enter the stadium with the enormity of it all. When the band, and then the team takes the field it ignites your school spirit in a way that could never happen while watching on TV. When you’re sitting there with 60,000 other people wearing your team’s colors, it gives you a sense that you are actually part of the team. In fact, your emotions can be so alive during the game that you would almost think you really are down on the field playing. The truth is, of course, is that we are only spectators, not part of the team. Oh, our role is very important though. Without the fervor of a fanbase to pump up the guys on the field, well, let’s just say the team probably wouldn’t play to great. It does make me think about the different roles in the Body of Christ. There are those actually on the field doing the work of ministry, and there are those who say they are part of the church but clearly are the spectators in the stands. My experience is these two worlds very much mirror in that the fans often get disgruntled and can often second guess the players on the field. It’s only natural I guess. But while that kind of backseat driving is tolerable in the world with things like sports, it can often be divisive to God’s team in the church. In the Body of Christ we are all a part with specific roles God has assigned to us, and He has given us gifts to share as part of the team. It’s good to be cheerleaders for one another, but we need to all be part of a similar view…that from the field and not just the grandstands.