commentary: The Greatest Hall of Fame
Becoming Enshrined in New Jerusalem
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 08-Jul-17; Sermon #1387c; 10 minutes
Richard Ritenbaugh, asking what Charlotte, North Carolina, Cooperstown, New York, Eveleth, Minnesota, Canton, Ohio, and Springfield, Massachusetts have in common, reveals they are all host cities for an athletic hall of fame—showcasing the best talent in car racing, baseball, hockey, football, and basketball respectively. To be voted into one of these halls of fame is the burning desire for millions of youthful athletes. However, few aspirants receive the coveted prize, since the selection process is extremely rigorous, consisting of the casting of a series of ballots by a succession of review panels to ensure the choosing of only the crème de la crème of athletes. The only remuneration inductees receive is the honor to have their names in the Hall of Fame, with a free trip to the hosting institution, a jacket, a ring, and a jersey. They receive no royalties from the sale of merchandise. By contrast, God's called-out ones receive a special ballot by being called and will later receive eternal life, a new name, and vast power. With all these incentives, are we missing passes, fumbling the ball, and punting excessively? Or are we as motivated to reach our goal as the athletes who have achieved recognition, putting in the effort to reach God's Hall of Fame in the New Jerusalem.
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