Whenever I read about animal worship in the Old Testament, I feel a sense of superiority over first-century Egyptians. Pridefully, I think of myself and my society as better than those who would worship birds and goats and golden calves. It just sounds so primitive.
And then I look around.
I live in Colorado, where to say that people worship the Denver Broncos is undoubtedly an understatement. I don’t think it’s possible to find someone in this state who wears orange accidentally, or merely because they enjoy its luminescent quality. And while taking a knee in reverence to the spoken Word of God seems bold, even in a church, no one bats an eye if you tell them that you’re devoting and entire day and driving a long way to watch men throw a pigskin around in the name of victory for a horse-labeled organization.
It is, of course, at this moment that I realize I am wearing a Chicago Bears shirt.
Sports is an easy example, though. Cubs, cardinals, hawks, lions–there’s a long list of animal mascots with whom we can rally alongside.
But the parking lot is no exception. Mustangs, beetles, rams and impalas all have their place in our hearts, garages and payments.
How or why silly looking horse heads came to be a popular accessory for young partygoers and YouTube personalities to wear, I don’t know. I just know that it’s a thing, and that it creeps me out.
The latest trend is the “dog face” picture. Snapchat has created new filters that allow selfie-senders to depict themselves with the ears and snout of a dog. I think there’s a cat version, too.
I do not understand why this is a thing. Maybe I’m getting old. Maybe it’s just stupid and I am one of few in whom this valuable truth has been entrusted. But whatever the case, it is quite commonplace for smartphone owners to snap & share pictures of themselves with animal features. Which makes me wonder whether or not bunny ears is still an effective means of mockery, or if it will not become a favor.
My hope is not that you will feel guilty rooting for your team, but that we would see through the pride that allows us to think ourselves so much better than our predecessors. We’re not that different.