We love football.  Well, some of us do.  The following is a humorous look at some similarities between football and the church.  I hope it will make you smile and chuckle, and maybe say, “Hmmm”.   Paul used sarcasm (1 Cor. 4:8-14) and athletic analogies (1 Cor. 9:24-27; Heb. 12:1-2) in his writings.  (Disclaimer:  I did not write the following, but I laughed at them even though they do hit close to home.)

Benchwarmer - Those who do not sing, pray, work, or apparently do anything but sit.

Quarterback Sneak - Church members quietly leaving during the invitation.

Draw Play - What many children do with the bulletin during worship.

Halftime - The period between Bible Classes and worship.

Backfield-in-motion - Making a trip to the back (restroom or water fountain) repeatedly during the service.

Staying in the Pocket - What happens to a lot of money that should be given to the Lord’s work.

Instant Replay - The preacher loses his notes and falls back on last week’s illustrations.

Trap - You’re called on to pray and you’re asleep.

End Run - Getting out of church quickly, without speaking to any guest or fellow member.

Flex Defense - The ability to allow absolutely nothing said during the sermon to affect your life.

Blitz - The rush for restaurants following the closing prayer.

Two-minute Warning - The point at which you realize the sermon is almost over and begin to gather up you children and belongings, pulling the song book out of the rack, etc.

Half-back Option - The decision of several of the congregation not to return for the evening service.

Sudden Death - What happens to the attention span of the congregation if the preacher goes “overtime”.

A merry heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Prov. 17:22).