OK, kids, let skim the shallow waters of the mundane and ridiculous on this here Saturday morning. Here's the deal. The Citadel Bulldogs open at home tonight against the Presbyterian Blue Hose, pagans against Calvinists. Whatever!This is the only evening game of the year. Now, I did not purchase season tickets this year because we have launched CHURCH @ NORTHWOOD, our Saturday evening version of worship. But, this week I have very good friends coming into town and we're going to head down to Johnson Hagood Stadium after CHURCH to catch as much of the game as possible and to be with Charlie and Gerrie.
The question is: do I preach in my Bulldog pants, a facsimile of which is posted stage left? Now, I've prayed about this and just cannot find peace in my heart. Wearing one of the most expensive articles of clothing I own to stand before God and our Saturday group to speak of my unwavering allegiance to the Lord God as the sole object of my devotion and adoration just seems, well. a little off. So, get a life. Sports can mimic a religious experience of sorts and some people are more devoted to their team than they are to God. Honestly, even though I do own just about every item sold in The Citadel Gift Shop, I don't usually include myself among the fanatics. Preaching in my bulldog pants might nudge me up to the edge, however. Maybe over the line in some quarters.
Now, bulldogs are not mentioned in the Bible, neither is Spike, our mascot. So, I cannot proof text the pants decision. However, the citadel is a word used very often in the Bible---a full twenty times. This must express some favor with God, that our alma mater name is at least listed among the many nouns in Scripture, even though the fortresses referenced in Scripture were not in South Carolina and each one pre-dated The Citadel by a few thousand years. And, well, I have to admit that the name "citadel" appearing in the Word doesn't speak to my Bulldog pants at all.
So, do the Bible search on "pants". Evidently trousers weren't in the Old and New Testament periods because "pants" doesn't yield anything either, except for one reference that speaks about longing---"as the deer pants for streams of water..." (Psalm 42:1). OK, the young men wore trousers into the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:21), so maybe I do need to actually wear some pants to church. Still, are bulldog pants suitable for bringing the message.
Here's another angle. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). Stretch that thought out and maybe it really doesn't matter about the pants at all. Any kind will do, even bulldog pants.
So,at least there's closure on the pants thing for worship this afternoon. Now, what do you think about the bulldog face painting?