Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
The Saints Win
When He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed...
2 Thessalonians 1:10 (NAS)
'Oh when the saints go marching in, when the saints go marching in, O' Lord I want to be in that number, when the saints go marching in.' This song is a Louis Armstrong classic. It rocks to the return of Jesus.
We had an interesting preview in 2010 when the Saints won the Superbowl. They were the underdogs, the never-before champions, the heroes of a war-torn city decimated by a cataclysmic event just a few years before--Hurricane Katrina.
When that football team went 'marching' home to New Orleans, the celebration was magnificent; it was the hoped for reward of a never seen victory witnessed around the world.
Five years earlier, I remember the whispers of Christians after the shocking tragedy of Katrina: 'that decadent city received the justified wrath of God.'
But who are we to judge? 'There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?' (James 4:12). We are not the One.
Again scripture asks, 'Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own Master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand' (Romans 14:4). The Lord spoke to every judgmental Christian in that Super Bowl victory.
He reminded us of His own homecoming victory party with a three-word newspaper headline: 'The Saints Win.'
While we have breath left to breathe on this earth, we must remember to judge no one, condemn no one, and love everyone.
The Bible calls every Christ-follower a saint. And yes, the saints win.