It’s hardly breaking news that pop sensation Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chief’s tight end Travis Kelce are Hollywood’s hottest duo! As fans of football and Swifties clash, it feels like Super Bowl Sunday meets the Grammy’s.
Swifties and NFL die-hards are taking to social media in a digital tug-of-war. Picture two ancient tribes defending their deities. Modern worshippers gathered around the digital temples and campfires of their ‘gods.’
Sure, God says,
“You shall have no other gods before Me.” -Exodus 20:3
But, was He really talking about pop stars or football heroes? Being passionate about something, like sports or music, is fantastic!
But we must always remember this warning from John.
“Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.” -1 John 5:21
When fandom starts to overshadow our main priorities or feels like a worship session, a reality check might be needed. A little celebration goes a long way.
If you are thinking, “It’s me. Hi, I’m the problem, it’s me…” – it’s okay to huddle up and regroup.
When the playing field becomes a battleground, when jests turn to jabs and memes become mean, we’ve moved from friendly fandom into the ‘red zone’ of becoming a fanatic.
James, Jesus’ half-brother and fellow son of the original Hail Mary, writes,
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. -James 4:1-2
Now, nobody is literally “killing” over Taylor and Travis, but if passion ignites anger or resentment, it’s time for a timeout.
Being a fan is a lot like an out of control concert or corner blitz – it comes on fast and, often, without you realizing it until it’s too late.
But, remember what Paul writes,
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” -Romans 12:18
If defending a celebrity, team, or player starts causing rifts or mean-spirited fights, that’s the whistle blow signaling it’s time to step back and punt.
So, students, a friendly challenge: As you rock that Swift tee or Kelce jersey, celebrate your favorites, but keep the loyalty and rivalry light and playful. And before diving headfirst into the latest gossip or fan war, think where your passions fit into the grander scheme of your life.
And if anyone starts crafting a golden idol out of Taylor’s microphone or Travis’ cleats, get out of there!
It’s okay to enjoy our anti-heroes and hobbies, but keep them in perspective. After all, only One truly deserves our utmost celebration and end zone dances.