‘The Masters of Futility’ (2016)

Remember the Washington Generals? They were purposely created to be the patsies for the Harlem Globetrotters, losing thousands of games in a row and only winning by accident on very rare occasions. Like basketball isn’t hard enough without that.

The Masters of Futility

God asks us to do a lot of hard things; but he doesn’t ask us to be the Washington Generals. He knows that that’s what it feels like, sometimes.

“Our help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).

And sometimes that’s the only help we get.

The Masters of Futility

I was all set to write about how hard it is to argue with people who know very little but believe they know a lot: only thing is, most of what they know just isn’t so.

As futile as this is, it is nothing, nothing at all, compared to what was endured. from 1952 to 2015, by the Washington Generals.

Remember them? They were created to be the patsies for the Harlem Globetrotters. During their 63-year history, they won just six games while losing more than 13,000 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Generals ). Changing their name and their uniforms many times didn’t help. They last defeated the Globetrotters–by accident!–in 1971, snapping a 2,495-game losing streak.

You would think, during the course of those zillion games, they might have caught on to some of the Globetrotters’ tricks and not been fooled by them anymore. But the Generals were created to be fooled. They displayed no capacity for learning–worse than Charlie Brown with the football.

God asks us, His servants, to do many difficult things.

But He does not ask us to be the Washington Generals.