Lane Kiffin, coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteer football team for just one season, abruptly left the school Tuesday to fill the vacant head-coaching post at the University of Southern California.
Students at the Tennessee school responded to Kiffin’s decision by destroying property and shouting obscenities. The Tennessee General Assembly decided not to issue its annual congratulatory resolution to Kiffin for his work in 2009. The reaction was sharp because the coach’s decision to return to USC was perceived as disloyal.
The problem is that many people have accepted the “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” attitude of professional and college sports, even incorporating it into their lives. But doesn’t this produce an mindset of disloyalty? While we may seem to accept this kind of philosophy, when it hits close to home and when we see the consequences of this thinking, we don’t like it.
There are some religious bodies that say if you come to their church, they won’t require you do anything. You won’t be asked to make any kind of commitment or agree to any kind of doctrinal theology. It will be a pain-free experience for you.
Such was not Jesus’ life and was not his teaching. Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth ; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword,” (Matthew 10:32-34 NASU). The religion of Jesus Christ requires loyalty and commitment. We can’t apply the philosophy of men to the service of God.