To call a bandwagon fan an actual fan would be an undeserved title. These “fans” only cheer for the best teams. Once those teams surrender their title as “number one,” they will cheer for the next best team. For instance, the Miami Heat never had a huge fan base until LeBron James joined the team in 2010. Once he joined, the Miami Heat became a title contender, thus attracting thousands more fans. This is because they were now one of the best teams in the NBA. Unfortunately, once LeBron James left the Miami Heat in 2014, they became a team that would struggle to make the playoffs. Because of this, many of their “fans” left as they were no longer the best team.
There are so many bandwagon fans out there in the world of sports .They cheer for the best and don’t commit to a team. Their commitment is conditional to how well that team is doing. This is because many fans don’t understand what it means to commit to a team, and lack the will to commit. Like sport fans, many Christians can be labeled a “bandwagon.” We praise God in the times our lives are going well, yet when times get difficult we don’t want anything to do with him. Our commitment to him is conditional to the circumstances we are in. When it seems that we are winning in life we praise him, but when it seems we are losing God becomes of limited importance to us.
Many of us are bandwagon Christians. We don’t commit to God in both the sunshine and the thunderstorms. When life goes well it is easy to pray, worship, read our Bible, and give thanks to God for all he is doing. When life becomes difficult, when it throws at us broken relationships, sickness, financial stress, and other difficult things, we are quick to become angry, bitter, judgmental, and callous towards God. We view God differently when life is sunshine and rainbows than when it is thunder and lightning.
Isaiah 43:2 says “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned and the flame shall not consume you.” We do not serve a bandwagon God! We serve a God that is committed to us through the thick and thin, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. If we served a bandwagon God, he would turn from us in the times we sin. Yet, thanks be to God that his never-ending grace and unconditional love is lavished on us despite the numerous times he has no reason to cheer for us. “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Romans 5:20). It seems the more we give God reasons to yell at us, the more he loves us and shows us grace.
We must learn to commit to God equally during good and bad times. Let us become a people who are committed to God no matter the curveballs life throw our way. Weather rich or poor, healthy or sick, happy or sad, let us acknowledge, praise, pursue, worship, and give thanks to God in any and every situation.