All too often in the Christian blogosphere, we’re overwhelmed with the pseudo-pious ramblings of holier-than-thou harpies and armchair quarterbacks that we forget to notice so many examples of the kingdom of God at work, both in big and small ways.

Brant Hansen, of Kamp Krusty fame, posted a link to his facebook page, which I found to be a rather touching example of followers of Christ finding creative ways in which to advance the kingdom.  From the article:

They played the oddest game in high school football history last month down in Grapevine, Texas.

It was Grapevine Faith vs. Gainesville State School and everything about it was upside down. For instance, when Gainesville came out to take the field, the Faith fans made a 40-yard spirit line for them to run through.

Did you hear that? The other team’s fans?

They even made a banner for players to crash through at the end. It said, “Go Tornadoes!” Which is also weird, because Faith is the Lions.

For those of you who aren’t from Texas, or w/o Texan friends & family (I’d make a subtle jab at Texas here, except that Zan lived there for a small bit of her life and still takes the second-largest state in the union way too seriously) – high school football is, in some ways, the end-all be-all of existence.  Which makes this story all the bit more strange.

So what was going on?

Gainesville is a maximum-security prison, 75 miles away from Grapevine, and its high school team plays every game on the road.   The coach from Grapevine arranged to have half of his school’s fans (along with cheerleaders) cheer on the other team.

It was a strange experience for boys who most people cross the street to avoid. “We can tell people are a little afraid of us when we come to the games,” says Gerald, a lineman who will wind up doing more than three years. “You can see it in their eyes. They’re lookin’ at us like we’re criminals. But these people, they were yellin’ for us! By our names!”

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After the game, both teams gathered in the middle of the field to pray and that’s when Isaiah [the Gainesville QB and DCB] surprised everybody by asking to lead. “We had no idea what the kid was going to say,” remembers Coach Hogan. But Isaiah said this: “Lord, I don’t know how this happened, so I don’t know how to say thank You, but I never would’ve known there was so many people in the world that cared about us.”

Go ahead and read the whole article – with a box of tissues (in case you get something in your eye while reading).

You see, it’s little things like this which demonstrate the Kingdom of God – the heart of Christ – something far different than sniping at pastors who preach in cities in which you don’t live, in churches you don’t attend, to people you wouldn’t know from Adam.

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1   Rick Frueh    http://http?//followingjudahslion.com
January 15th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Another heart warming post following Jerry’s post. And what is that coach teaching his kids about being a follower of Christ, and what are people who call gays “Sodomites” and “minions” and telling them to go back to their bath houses?

Those behaviors, polar opposites, cannot both be representative of our Master. It comes down to whether you are loyal to your catechism, or the redemptive life of Jesus the Christ.

2   pastorboy    http://crninfo.wordpress.com
January 15th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

You see, it’s little things like this which demonstrate the Kingdom of God – the heart of Christ – something far different than sniping at pastors who preach in cities in which you don’t live, in churches you don’t attend, to people you wouldn’t know from Adam.

A beautiful post, and a beautiful story, and then we turn around and snipe at those not in our own camp.

hypocrisy, how sad.

3   Jerry    http://www.dangoldfinch.wordpress.com
January 15th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Chris,

Excellent post. I’m glad that ‘we’ here at .info have the courage to make posts like this. I applaud your willingness to show us exactly how the Kingdom of God is supposed to work. This is a fine example of what NT Wright calls ‘advance signs’ of the Kingdom. Good job!

jerry

4   Christian P    http://www.churchvoices.com
January 15th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

I had to stop reading the linked article because I kept getting something in my eye.

That is not a good story, that is a good testimony.

5   Rick Frueh    http://http?//followingjudahslion.com
January 15th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

“So shines a good deed in a weary world”.

Pastor Willy Wonka.