Who respects the Toronto Raptors? I said the Toronto Raptors. You know, the NBA basketball team with the best record in the Eastern Conference? You never heard of ’em? My point exactly. My guess is you’re not alone.
After years of playoff futility and failure, the questions about the realness of the Raptors remain and linger like a low lying fog. Are they really real? Can they win when it counts? Toronto can’t seem to get past Cleveland in the playoffs, but that may change this year. In a 2018 Playoffs tune-up, tonight they play a Cleveland Cavalier team curtailed by injuries. But LeBron is still the best LeBron he can be, and Kevin Love is back, so we’ll see an Eastern Conference Finals preview that should go Toronto’s way.
As good as their two stars, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, and the supporting cast are, I really like their head coach Dwane Casey. He seems to shoot straight and run a tight ship, and that’s what it’s going to take for Toronto to become a veritable winning team.
But back to Toronto. Can they prove to the NBA world that they indeed have what it takes to beat the best player in LeBron in the post season? We’ll see. Cleveland is clearly not the same Cleveland they once were, but don’t count them out, just yet.
And so the lesson is once and again clear; as believers, we need to be real and genuine and authentic and unfeigned. Or else we won’t convince gainsayers or naysayers or doubters or detractors of the faith.
If we don’t deliver on what we believe, we don’t stand a chance at showing an unbelieving world that God is really real. We must defend the faith, and without being tried and true and bona-fide, we run the risk of appearing, or worst yet being, false and fake and phony. And we won’t win the world to Christ.