We are a peculiar people. We live in the world but are not of the world. Our old-fashioned beliefs in chastity, morality, integrity, and the reality of a tangible yet perfect God who loves us completely and cares for us daily sets us apart, yet draws those with yearning hearts towards us. Hence, except for a few locations in the Western United States overpopulated with Mormons, the daily demands of life regularly require us to stand up for what we believe, often in quietly bold ways.
I enjoyed such an experience just last night in Buffalo Wild Wings, when I was required to righteously represent two of my favorite institutions, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Brigham Young University. In Raleigh, North Carolina, my grown son and I went searching for a location to watch the BYU vs. East Carolina football game and landed at Buffalo Wild Wings. The server supervising the bar saw us in our BYU shirts waiting in line to be seated and excitedly invited us over. “It's first-come first-serve in the bar and we have the BYU-East Carolina game playing on our big screen!” After we awkwardly settled down on our bar stools he advertised “hey boys! It's four-dollar beer night!” My son quickly smiled and politely responded “we're BYU fans so we don't drink.” His initial disappointment was eventually overcome by successive rounds of Sprite, nachos, and boneless honey barbecue and parmesan garlic chicken wings. We also got used to enthusiastically cheering for our BYU Cougars in a sea of East Carolina Pirates fans.
I'm so glad our Cougars ripped apart the Pirates while we were sipping Sprite in a sports bar. What could have been embarrassing and depressing was actually enlightening and exciting!