If you’re not from the Northside of Chicago then you don’t understand why anyone would support a team that hasn’t won The World Series in 99 years. And if you’re an atheist, agnostic, etc then you don’t understand why anyone would believe in someone we can’t see/touch.
Cubs fans are called “the greatest fans in the world” because we stick by The Cubs no matter what. Doesn’t matter how long it’s been since they’ve been to The World Series, The Playoffs, or even won a game. 66-96 record in 2006—who cares? They’re The Cubs and we love them no matter how many games they don’t win. And we always will. The motto of Cubs fans is “We believe.” I always see people in the stands holding up posters they made that have The Cubs logo on it and it says “We believe.” We believe that the Cubs will win. This year is our year. Next year is our year. Doesn’t matter. They’re going to win. We know they will. This dry spell can’t last forever. So much faith in something that we have no guarantee about.
Yet some of the same people that stick by The Cubs after such a horrible record, completely lose faith in God after one thing in their life goes wrong, whether it’s big or small. Start doubting, stop believing. “How can this happen to me? Why would God let this happen to me? There must not be a God or this would not be happening to me.” And then that’s it. No more faith. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Why not believe that? Why believe The Cubs will win and not believe God exists? Why have so much faith in a team that is notorious for losing? Game after game after game and it’s still “It’s okay, it’s only one game. We’ll win next time. It’ll be okay.” But someone gets sick, loses a job, dies, and it’s not “It’s okay, it’s just one thing, it will be okay,” it’s “I give up on God.” What am I missing here?
I promise you, if you are a Cubs fan, like me, you have been let down more times by The Cubs than you have been by God. You don’t realise that, because The Cubs losing is part of life and if The Cubs lose, it’s just another day. But people don’t realise that if life lets you down it’s part of life and it is just another day and you shouldn’t take it out on God, because life lets everyone down sometimes.
It’s okay to believe so strongly that the Cubs will win, but what’s the point in having so much faith in something if you don’t have any faith in God?