July 12: Bad Idea
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 26:47-49
On this date in 1979, after a delay of 16 minutes, the White Sox were forced to forfeit the second game of a doubleheader against the Tigers when more than 5,000 unruly fans refused to leave the field during Disco Demolition Night. Mike Veeck’s promotion involved admitting fans for 98 cents and a disco record, collecting the albums, and literally blowing them up in center field between games of the doubleheader. It turned out to be a bad idea.
Today’s Scripture passage deals with Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. Judas had sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver when he agreed to betray Him. After Jesus had prayed in Gethsemane, Judas appeared with a mob of Temple police and kissed Jesus. That event set in motion the events that culminated with Jesus’ crucifixion. Judas later felt such remorse for what he had done that he threw the coins back to the Temple officials before going out to hang himself. It appeared that Judas’ love of money outweighed his love for Jesus.
What happens in our life when we love something or someone more than Jesus?
What was your last bad idea?
How can we guard against greed and bad ideas?
Mike Veeck’s idea cost his White Sox a loss. Judas’ bad idea cost him his life. Let’s not make the same mistake by making sure our priorities are in order with God.
Posted on Tue, July 12, 2016
by David Daly