Sports fans saw something unusual this week as two of the country’s most prestigious college football schools had their head football coaches resign their positions to take other jobs. Typically, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are the ones that coaches jump ship for. Head coaching jobs at schools like ND, Oklahoma, and Michigan generally only open up if a coach retires or gets fired. Historically, coaches just do not leave schools like that. They will, however, have a much easier job of finding a replacement than mid-level, stepping stone schools (such as West Virginia.) Still, college football royalty Oklahoma and Notre Dame each find themselves in a strange position scrambling to replace a successful celebrity coach that has abandoned them.
Our society is enamored with celebrity. Famous athletes, actors, politicians, TV personalities, musicians, and even some pastors seem to have everything. I read that Oklahoma’s former coach, who left for the University of Southern California, has access to a private jet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, celebrity comes with its own problems. I am not talking about the common problems you may think of like privacy. I am talking about believing all the hype about themselves. I am talking about how difficult Jesus said it was for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God.
Part of this past Sunday’s sermon was from Mark 12 where Jesus told people to be wary of the Scribes, who were seemingly on “top of the world”, and lifted up instead, as an example to be followed, the life of a humble, sacrificing widow who went unnoticed when she dropped her precious coins in the offering. It is a reminder that God is not impressed by celebrities. His ways are not our ways. He is honored by you who go about your days taking care of kids, checking on your elderly neighbor, or going to work. Some days we honor Him just by dragging ourselves out of bed.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:6-7