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I wonder what it would take to get the NFL's PR team to work for the church? Their track record of finding ways to make news when there is no news, and to keep themselves prominent in the press year-round, is impressive. They seem to have made the NFL into a "seven days a week - 52 weeks a year - global - all gender and age inclusive" commodity. And though concussions, crippling injuries, drug issues, and criminal activities may slow the train a bit, they certainly have come nowhere close to derailing it.

Today is Draft Day in the NFL - or properly put, tonight will be Round One of what, I think, is now a three-day event ... with a three-month prelude! How in the world does something like Draft Day get so much press and air time? In my youth everyone was praying for a high draft number! (or "You're in Army now") The youth of today who are reading this probably don't even know what I am talking about (which, fundamentally, is a good thing in my way of thinking).

I am wondering if the NFL has become what boxing was a generation ago? And, if this is so, I am wondering what will replace the NFL in the public's limelight in the next generation? We certainly are a people crazed about entertainment.

There would lie, I believe, the major challenge of the NFL's PR team working for the church ... or, perhaps, the reason the church would not want them on staff ... for when the church morphs into being just another competitor in the entertainment industry, its value is diminished. It becomes all foam, with no real substance or taste (to use a different draft metaphor).

Entertainment is good ... and necessary ... and a wonderful gift from God. However, it is meant to be the topping, not the primary substance. So, on this draft day I am wondering, "How is this going in your life?"

"Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ, for he himself is our peace. ... So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit" (Ephesians 2.13-14, 19-22)

I am not asking anyone to ignore the NFL draft (I'll be watching to see what happens at #21) ... nor am I intending to pick on football fans. Our lust for entertainment (in whatever form) is - from my perspective - the number one cause for life being "too busy and rushed". In our society, it is one of those 'good things from God' that has become a 'good thing' that Satan uses to separate us 'from God.'

Thus, on this Draft Day, I am praying that you will be picked up by the draft coming from an empty tomb and an upper room ... on this day "I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith - that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3.14-19)

Or, in other words, I am praying that you realize that you are a First Round Draft Choice into something that makes a "seven days a week - 52 weeks a year - global - all gender and age inclusive - commodity" trivial in comparison. In Christ Jesus, you are a child of God and an heir of eternal life. You "were buried with Christ by baptism ... in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, you too might walk in newness of life." (Romans 6.4)

"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3.20-21).

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