Pastor’s Pen: Nascar trivia

By Layton Dutton

Associate Pastor of Youth

Calvary Baptist Church


This past week I played a little game of Jeopardy with a few students. We had several math categories to get their minds racing and then one “Wild” category, which could be anything. Being a NASCAR fan, I figured a few racing questions would be perfect. Once it was picked I asked a simple question, or so I thought. “Who drives the number 88 car?” I was met by uncertain looks and even a response of “Brad Pitt”. Wow, that was an easy one.

Later the topic was chosen again and one student was certain she would know the answer. “Who drives the number 18 M&M’s Toyota?” Describing the car should be a give-away. But, sadly, it was not. Once again, no one knew the answer. I’m guessing the school’s NASCAR education program has yet to take off (just a little joke).

Why didn’t those students know Dale Earnhardt’s car number or that Kyle Busch drives the M&M’s car? Frankly, nobody had told them. My world is surrounded by people that know about NASCAR. I could easily assume that everyone would at least know the main drivers and their cars, but that would be a poor assumption based on the small group around me compared to all the people in the nation and the world. Most have never heard and don’t know what “Boogity! Boogity! Boogity!” has to do with racing. Of course, neither do some of us NASCAR fans.

The same thing is true with Jesus Christ. Many Christians just assume that everyone must know about Christ and the gospel. We surround ourselves with others who believe, listen to Christian music and read our Bibles and pray….and rightly so. But we must also go out and proclaim the news to others. Romans 10:14 says this,

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”

Will you be that someone?