Many of you know that I was in the advertising business for many years… so today I want to talk about Budweiser.
If you watched football last season, you saw a Budweiser beer commercial showing male sports fans doing all kinds of funny things as superstitious acts to “help” their team win. There were guys patting team flags, wearing mismatched socks, and turning their beer bottles so the label’s cosmic force will help a field goal…all while Stevie Wonder sang his hit song, Superstition, in the background. It was funny. We smiled because we knew that stuff doesn’t really make a difference. But then, at the very end of the commercial the announcer came on with a voice-over saying, “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.” And that got me thinking.
In the book, The Case for Christ, the author, Lee Strobel, makes the statement that Christ’s claim of being God is only insane if He isn’t God. And that got me thinking again about Budweiser and that funny TV spot.
There are millions of people, myself included, who can testify that Christ’s claim of being God, given to mankind as a totally free gift, offered without the necessity of doing all kinds of religious acts (like patting a church flag, wearing strange clothing, or holding up their Bibles in a certain way), and being willing and able to change our sinful, selfish lives into lives with significant spiritual meaning – is absolutely true.
My life and the lives of all those millions (perhaps even you) gives proof to the Budweiser commercial that says, “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.” Maybe it’s time to ask yourself what’s working in your life. What’s meaningful? What makes you a significant person? Have you been doing all kinds of stuff to convince God He should bless you? It’s time to just ask Christ to come into your life and change you to a completely new person. He can do it! He will do it!
If you’re not sure about what I mean when I say, “ask Christ into your life” here’s a place you can find out – without any threat or distraction. Go to this CRU.org web site… it’s great.
And if you’ve asked Jesus to be your Savior and Lord, maybe it’s time you just trusted Him and quit exhausting yourself with religious activities and ask Him to show you how to best serve Him in your community. Too many of us are very, very busy “doing” instead of quietly living our lives based upon the powerful, living, Word of God, revealing a personal relationship with a life-changing, life-directing Christ.
Although I do not endorse Budweiser, or drinking too much beer, I come back to their funny, wonderful, thought-provoking commercial. Believing in Christ is only weird if He doesn’t work… And He works mightily!
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8–9
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. John 1:12
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29–30
And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:11–13
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Romans 12:1–3
Believing Jesus Christ came to earth
to offer us all the free opportunity to accept Him
as the one who freely died for our sins
so that we could live with God for eternity
and have a completely new life of joy, peace, and blessing
is not weird…
Think about it….