through losing seasons and stay loyal
their team. The ones who just show up
en things are going well and claim
Hardcore fans, l
look at the bandwagon fans
as imposters, posers, as fake
scoff that those bandwagon fans
just like the team because
that’s not real loyalty or
, that’s not true love
Real commitment, real loyalty
in it for the
, through good times and bad,
through losses and wins.
This delineating of true fans and fake fans based on what
one is willing to endure surfaces around championship times
perhaps there has
been similar moral indignation in the Tar
Heel state in the last week or so.
Moral indignation from the
real fans about these imposter fans
is an interesting
thing for us to consider today in church
on a day whe
n we ritually remember and
even celebrate one of the most pronounced and profound
moments of bandwagon
jumping the world has ever seen.
The crowd in
the Holy City of
Jerusalem heralds the triumphant entry of a king who
they are convinced
will fix all their problems, right all the wrongs. They c
heer a king
they think they see,
they want to see
a winner in the mold of winners
they’ve grown to long for in their lives
e remember and celebrate this moment
today in the church year
all the while
knowing what lies ahead, aware that we
our way down a roa
d that leads
o this s
ame king’s brutal, violent execution,
put into motion by the sa
me crowd: a
so quickly jumped from one bandwagon of Jesus as King to the next
of Jesus as criminal.
So, this does seem like a good time for us to
take a closer loo
k at this bandwagon
impulse that seems to be wired into our humanity.
even rational, this jumping on the bandwagon habit of
who wouldn’t want to be associated with a winner instead of a loser.
It may be a base kind
interest that fuels this ability we have to conjure up
affection for a winner because they m
ake us feel like a winner, too, especially in a
competitive culture like ours.
In the cosmic game of musical chairs, we want to have a place to sit down,
a way to
belong, a way to win.
his impulse to ally with winners
a glimpse of something quite dangerous
way we humans are wired.