Bandwagon Fans

Welcome Are you familiar with the term “bandwagon fan?”  Its a common term used in the sports spectator world.  You are probably getting the hint that I’m a pretty big sports fan and I have teams I am loyal to in most major and college level athletics.  Today I’m going to talk about that term “bandwagon fan” and how it relates to our Christian behaviors and the idea of spiritual loyalty.  And I’m certainly excited about the start of football season this week, so I have some game day food…Loaded Potato Dip with Waffle Fries. Thank you for joining me today.  Note-I may receive a small compensation from advertisers and affiliate links found in this post.  For further information, please see my terms and disclosure page. 

Food For Thought  The definition, according to urban dictionary, for a bandwagon fan is someone who is a fan of a team because they are current champions or currently doing well in their season.  These fans commonly pull their support when the team starts performing poorly, often choosing to follow a team doing much better.  These fans are often criticized for lacking knowledge of pertinent stats or history of the team of whom they are claiming to be a fan.  In other words, they lack loyalty and only choose to follow the team when everything is going well.  These bandwagon fans can drive “true” sports fans crazy and draw their own criticisms.  I only consider this sometimes a minor annoyance, since it really has no effect whatsoever in my loyalty to my favorite teams or how they perform.  It’s just a fun way to get in some verbal jabs to someone who thinks they’re following sports.  It’s considerably more disturbing when we see “bandwagon” Christians.  Loyalty to our God and Creator is a pretty big mark of what we believe and sets a critical example to others who we may be trying to lead to Christ.

I recently read an article about loyalty on biblereasons.com by author Fritz Chery.  He stated it best with “Many people just mouth loyalty, but its not a reality in their life.”  He provided examples of people only speaking of loyalty in their marriage vows, friendships ending when the other person has nothing of value to offer, and Christians who stop believing or following God because of changed circumstances in their lives.  He states “true loyalty never ends.”  True Christians are required to die to self and remain loyal, even during our “off seasons” or when the other “team” looks better.  We all experience down times, experiencing everything from major illness and financial difficulties to periods of depression or a series of inconvenient break downs in home appliances and automobiles.  And wow, does Satan sure make that other “team” look enticing, with big hitters like money, beauty, power, popularity, fame, pleasure, and the list can go on.  But the true loyal sports fan is not drawn to a high-dollar trade on another team or give up on their own team just because they have some struggles.  So as Christians, if we are going to be a TRUE and LOYAL fan of God and His Church, we have to ride out the tough times, keeping God first always.  We have to be willing to weather the storms of difficulties, even when there seems to be a more attractive offer vying for our loyalties.  And just as true fans don’t only cheer for their team when they’re winning, we can’t just sing God’s praises when everything is going right in our little Christian circle.  I’m working on this myself, finding God’s presence in my life no matter what the circumstances, and spending time praising and thanking Him every single day, for His loyalty to me never fades.  He offers His blessings to me day in and day out, rain or shine.

So the idea of a bandwagon fan sounds pretty negative, and we may be quick to pass judgement.  But here’s the catch.  Just like I can’t really determine if someone truly is a fan of a certain sports team, I cannot see deep into someone’s heart, soul, and mind and determine if they are a bandwagon Christian or if they are true and loyal to God.  And you know what?  That’s not my job anyway…God will know everyone’s true beliefs and motives, I simply need to worry about my own.  And lucky for us, God always welcomes us back, even if we’ve strayed to the wrong team for a little while.

Today’s Scriptures  In the book of Matthew, chapter 26, Peter is a grand illustration of what a bandwagon fan looks like.  In verse 35, Peter tries to vow his loyalty, saying “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.”  But then we see later in verses 69-75, Peter disowns Jesus three times, apparently not wanting to be part of the “losing team” in that particular situation.  Of course, with all of the information we know now, Jesus IS the winning team.  Fortunately Peter was able to recognize the error in his ways and went on to become a very influential leader for the Christian community in its youngest years (Acts 2:38-39.)  Here are a few additional verses about our loyalty to God and His Church:

Romans 1:16  “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…”

Mark 8:34  “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Matthew 13:21  “But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time.  When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.”

Psalm 12:1-3  “Help, Lord, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.  Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.  May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue..”

Today’s Recipe  Saturday in front of the TV, watching a series of college football games, is a great way to spend a fall afternoon, in my opinion.  But even if you are not a football, or any sports, fan, we can all appreciate some tasty nibbles.  You may even be the hero of your sports clan if you present them with a tray of hot and crispy waffle fries accompanied by this Loaded Potato Dip.

Loaded Baked Potato Dip with Waffle Fries
All of your favorite loaded baked potato toppings in a dip, served with waffle fries.

Loaded Potato Dip with Waffle Fries

  • 22 oz bag frozen waffle fries
  • 6 strips bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
  • 16 oz carton sour cream
  • 8 oz pkg shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/3 cup sliced fresh chives
  • 1 TBS hot sauce
  • Prepare waffle fries according to package directions-try to get them as crisp as possible, without burning, of course.  In medium bowl stir together sour cream, cheddar, chives, and hot sauce.  Fold in crumbled bacon.  Serve with waffle fries, or really any other type of crisp French fry or potato chip.  This also makes a good topping for baked potatoes.
  • Note-This is a very thick dip, so if your fries or chips aren’t sturdy, you will need to scoop some of the dip on with a spoon, which is equally yummy.

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