Both of the Christian schools I attended here in the US as well as the Bible college from which I graduated had sports teams named "The Eagles." How boringly unoriginal! Just Google "Christian school eagles" and you'll see what I mean. Yeah, I get that the eagle has everything that you want in a sports team mascot (fierce, noble, easily chanted by cheerleaders), and as an added bonus for the Christian school crowd, Isaiah 40:31 provides a nice tag line verse, but come on
... show a little creativity, people!
Of course, "The Eagles" still beats "The Crusaders," which, thankfully, has fallen out of favor as people started paying closer attention in church history class and realized, "Oh, the crusaders weren't holy warriors for God. They were genocidal fanatics!"
Anyway, a while ago one of my brothers and I came up with the coolest Christian school/college sports team mascot ever: Leviathan
. I can assure you that, contrary to Scofield, Ryrie, et al
leviathan is not
a crocodile... just read through Job 41
. Leviathan is some sort of invincible, fire-breathing sea monster. Can't you just see the whole soccer/football team come running out onto the field under a giant sea-serpent costume (kinda like the dancing Chinese dragons) while the crowd goes wild? There's even a cool "tag line" verse: "Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle; you will not do it again!" (v. 8).
Of course, Psalm 74:14 and Isaiah 27:1 seem to use "Leviathan" as a symbol for evil people/nations, but we can just insist that we're referring to the fierce, unconquerable creature of Job 3 and 41 and Psalm 104. "We're the Le-VI-athan, unconquerable le-VI-athan, everywhere we go-oh people wanna know-oh..."
Do you like your school's mascot?