It is always an amazing experience to watch the World Cup every 4 years – especially when your team wins. But when they lose. . .oh the sadness!

Just look at some of the images of fans as their teams suffered losses:

A Spain supporter cries as she watches the team's 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match against Netherlands on a giant screen at a fan park in Madrid
(a Spain supporter cries as she watches the team’s loss in the recent World Cup match against Netherlands)

Greek fans react as they watch a live broadcast of Greece's 2014 World Cup soccer match against Costa Rica, in Athens
(stunned Greek fans watch a live broadcast of Greece’s 2014 World Cup loss against Costa Rica)

South Korean soccer fans react as they watch live TV broadcast of 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Algeria, in Seoul
(South Korean fans are dismayed as they watch a live TV broadcast of their World Cup loss against Algeria)

Fans of Chile react after their team loses against Brazil during World Cup screening in downtown Santiago
(a disheartened fan of Chile sheds tears after his team loses to Brazil and is eliminated from the 2014 World Cup)

A Mexican soccer fan reacts after the 2014 World Cup soccer match between Mexico and Netherland during a public viewing in the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico City
(a Mexican soccer fan sits dejectedly after Mexico’s 2014 World Cup soccer loss to Netherlands on June 29th)

Real sadness over the loss of a futbol – soccer – match. Fans who are:


Recently I talked to a follower of Jesus about his sadness years ago whenever his favorite sports team lost a game. He said one day he heard the voice of God say to him, “You are more sad over a lost game than a lost soul.” He vowed that he would never again allow himself to be sad more than 5 minutes after a loss by his team. He vowed to moved by lost souls.

Some time ago, a Muslim friend from the Middle East shared about his sadness when he walked by a restaurant here in America and saw all the people inside eating and drinking. He said to a friend, “Mohammed, all these people, going to the hellfire.” I was struck by his passion – and compassion – for the eternal destiny of people. He was genuinely sad over – what he regarded to be – lost souls.

What about you? What about me?

As your team wins or loses in this great World Cup action, what matters to you more?

What brings greater sadness to your heart?

Lost soccer matches. . .or lost souls?

(Postscript: this particular post is not about what criteria determines whether someone is “lost” or not. It is simply a question for all of us: if you believe people walking the earth today are spiritually lost and are in real danger of hellfire, do you care? Does it make you feel sad? Are you doing anything about it?)