As sad as it is, there have been many occasions when fans of opposing teams have gotten into very serious altercations. Some have clashed so severely that people have landed in the hospital. Over two years ago a San Francisco Giants fan went to a game at Dodger Stadium. He was beat up so badly by Dodger fans that he suffered brain damage and didn’t return home until this past June.
In order to prevent situations like this from happening, the Seattle Seahawks came up with an ingenious plan. Throughout this season, the Seahawks are going to have undercover police officers in the crowd wearing the opposing team’s jerseys. These “undercover fans” will be watching for verbal or physical harassment directed towards them. For the worst offenses, season tickets can be taken away. This is a wonderful way to not only keep everyone safe at the game, but also hopefully to cause people to think twice before crossing the line.
Interestingly, Scripture speaks about God being in all places at all times (Jeremiah 23:24; Proverbs 15:3; Psalm 139:7-10). Similar to the undercover football fans, God is watching everything we do and everything we say. As Ecclesiastes 12:14 bluntly puts it, “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
It’s good for us to remember that the Lord is always watching. We need to be all the more careful about what we say and do because God is paying attention to us. This is just one more way to keep ourselves from sin and help us to think twice before walking the wrong path.