“Transcendent,” “unifying,” these and many other such words were used to describe the Washington Capitals recent Stanley Cup victory and ensuing celebration. While my argument could be made for any sports championship, it occurred to me over the last few days. And since the Capitals are my team and represent my city, I’m making it now. 🙂
As you may or may not know, it had been 26 years since the nation’s capital had experienced a championship in one of the four major sports (sorry to any soccer and tennis fans, they didn’t make the cut). So when the Caps clinched the Cup on June 7, the championship-starved city erupted in jubilant celebration. Fans cried, laughed, and partied in the streets painting the town red. (Haha, “Rock the Red.” Get it?)
What made this such a “transcendent” victory? What brought these thousands of fans together? I contend it’s because we are made in the image of God and long for something more than this physical world can offer. Words like transcendent aren’t consistent with the atheistic, materialistic, evolutionary worldview, because in that worldview the material world is all that exists. According to that worldview, there should be nothing higher to which we aspire. Yet there is. We long for more. Perhaps that’s why more people are identifying as “spiritual but not religious,”  because atheistic materialism is ultimately unsatisfying. Some try to fill that longing with sports, money, cars, sex and other worldly pleasures, but they also fail to satisfy. After spending years pursuing pleasures of all sorts, the writer of the Biblical Book of Ecclesiastes wrote, “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.”  It’s all worthless. The void remains. Where are we to find the satisfaction we crave? Only in God. God has created us and placed us where we are so “that [we] should seek the Lord, if haply [we] might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us.” 
Both the writer of Ecclesiastes and the speaker in Acts 17 (the Apostle Paul) conclude their respective addresses with our duty and a warning.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” 
Repent of your sins which promise satisfaction and fulfillment, but fail to deliver, and find forgiveness of those sins, along with satisfaction and contentment, both in this life and the next, in God alone.
“God…now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” 
 The term “spiritual but not religious” is subjective and also ultimately void of any substantial meaning. My point is that more and more people are turning from the material to the spiritual. But unless and until they turn to the One True God, they will never find the satisfaction they long for.
 Ecclesiastes 12:8
 Acts 17:27
 Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
 Acts 17:30-31