I know you have heard the expression: Bandwagon fan. They jump on the bandwagon with a bunch of fans of a winning team. Generally, bandwagon fans are looked upon with contempt, but as I think about it, I am a bandwagon fan. When I was a little boy, I didn’t care at all about football. But when I was eight years old, the new Steeler head-coach, Chuck Noll drafted a defensive lineman named Joe Greene. Within two seasons the local team — the Steelers — were winning and I’ve been on the bandwagon ever since. It’s the same with the Penguins. I only watch hockey closely when they are winning. The Lemieux years were great years. I stayed up late and watched games alone in the parsonage in Bradford. And the Crosby era has been a great time. I didn’t watch much in the years in between. It’s the same with baseball. When I was in college there was this team called The Pirates. They won The World Series that year. My roommates and I watched in my apartment at the university. However, as a bandwagon fan, I’ve not watched baseball much since then.
“We must have a seven-days’ religion, or else we have none at all. Periodical godliness is perpetual hypocrisy” – Spurgeon
As we celebrated Fathers’ Day, most of us took a moment to recall our fathers. My father was like many – he had lots of good character qualities. And he had some areas of his life where he could have improved. Patience was not one of his strengths. That’s probably why I never became a fisherman. But one of the strengths my father had was that he was a good man.
Some time ago that phrase, “he’s a good man” entered my daughter’s vocabulary. She would talk about professors at college and say, “Dad – you’d really like him. He’s a good man.” One day she was talking about Jim Bell and she said, “He’s a good man.” Then it happened….