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God and the Super Bowl

Posted by admin in February 3rd, 2021
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Every year I have to face this battle. Naively, I thought this year would be different. Because of all we’ve faced in 2020, including the outcome of this year’s election, I thought the Church would be seeking God and revival more than anytime before in my life. I thought the wake up call had come and we were jolted out of our slumber. But I was wrong. The battle against churches showing the Super Bowl in the sanctuary is still raging on. Sadly, it feels like a losing one.
I read a great article recently in which a pastor explains why the Super Bowl has no place in the church on Sunday (or any day for that matter). Pastor David Richmon writes, “I see many churches trying to tap into a cultural event to draw in crowds. First of all, the crowds aren’t coming, but secondly, there’s something bigger happening here. What you reach them with is what you’ll keep them with.”
In other words, bait and switch simply doesn’t work. We’re not Amway salesmen after all! Richmon explains that this type of evangelism isn’t effective simply because it’s not based on reality. The church delivers a Sunday service that is unrecognizable from a “normal” service just to get people in the building. Pastor Richmon says, “Ultimately, you can’t deliver what you’re selling, since it will be back to church-as-usual next week—and if people were interested in regular church, they wouldn’t need a football-themed service to get them in the doors.” Agree.
Another young pastor writes, “The greatest elder/deacon coup of the last 20 years has been convincing pastors that the Super Bowl could be used as an evangelistic event. Evangelistic football? It’s about as likely to succeed as evangelistic dating.”
Then he asks the million dollar question, “Who is responsible for watching the filthy halftime show in order to let everyone one else know when it’s over and okay to tune back in?”
Good question.
And the commercials? How is the church to justify those? Know this: the sponsors are not amoral. They have both political and spiritual agendas. Nike? Anheuser-Busch? Caesar’s Palace Casino in Las Vegas? If you think these sponsors don’t have an agenda, you’re wrong!
And what about the NFL franchise’s moral and ethical stands? You can wear a BLM emblem on your uniform, but not “I’m a man of God” headband? You can display any Marxist, socialist, anti-police badge you think is representative of a woke mindset, but emblems of Christianity are banned. Plain and simple.
And that’s okay in the church because…?
And when the NFL players take a knee, trust me, it isn’t for prayer. How this disrespectful, over-indulged, hypocritical sports franchise got into the church in the first place is absolutely beyond my understanding. Especially after the humbling experiences I’ve had fellowshipping in churches where people’s lives were at risk for gathering together. In many nations, church going is an imprisonable offense. But hey, let’s party!
Also, is this a good example for our kids? Eighty-percent of domestic violence convictions within professional sports come from the NFL! That means the remaining 20% comprises all other professional sports. Domestic violence, Marxist ideologies, anti-American stands, anti-Christianity, children out of wedlock, half-time shows that are against everything we believe in as followers of Jesus and yet churches are insisting that Super Bowl Sundays in the sanctuary on the big screen are a must!
And we wonder why the church is in such a mess. We wonder why God has delivered us into the hands of morally bankrupt government leaders.
THIS is the spirit of the antichrist. THIS is the spirit of lawlessness and the Church of Jesus Christ has no business imbibing it as entertainment. If folks love the game, let them feel free to watch it in their own homes, but to display this in the sanctuary of God?!? The most hostile, detrimental, ungodly representation of our culture celebrated, laughed at, cheered, and watched on the big screen in the sanctuary? I’m dumbfounded. Absolutely dumbfounded. Not to mention the concept of keeping the Sabbath holy? Remember that?
Gone are the days of men like Eric Liddell who refused to run an Olympic race on a Sunday. This isn’t legalism, this is obedience.
My heart breaks and I am grieved that at a time in our nation when church doors should be opened for us to cry out to God, get on our faces before Him, to gather together to seek the Holy Spirit for revival and another Great Awakening, instead we are entertaining ourselves with pagan rituals and anti-biblical farces.
Pastor Richmon put it this way, “There’s something to be said for the fact that God gave us the Sabbath. We’re to conform to His standards; He’s not to conform to ours.” Amen to that. Peace.

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56218. LARowan said,
February 3rd, 2021 at 11:51 am

Amen! Thanks for speaking up. Definitely worth sharing.

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56228. Str8shootR said,
February 4th, 2021 at 10:12 am
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56229. Cheryl said,
February 4th, 2021 at 10:21 am

Oh, dear Lord in heaven! How long will You bear with this wicked, vile generation? My heart, too, is so heavy with the thought of the lack of repentance and spiritual anguish among the “church.” There should be signs of “Ichabod” over many, many church doors, at this point, because the glory HAS departed. Anyone who could allow such filthiness of the flesh be aired inside sanctuary walls has obviously grossly lost their way and been turned over to a reprobate mind and are believing a lie. I don’t know how any Christian could even feel clear before God to play this trash in their homes, let alone inside the house of God. If Jesus were here on earth, I believe there would be much “turning over tables” and wielding of the whip. I am SO sick of the whole, vile mess of organized religion and believe their house has been left to them desolate on a very large scale. Not saying all of it is backslidden and fallen into apostasy, but I will say that any one of them who allows this depravity inside church walls is farther from God than the “sinners” they think they are trying to lure in. Lure in to what? Just more sin??? Seriously, we are surely living in the great falling away time that was prophesied to happen right before Jesus comes. I wouldn’t be surprised if He split through the clouds at any moment, and imagine how many He will find weighed and found wanting? God, please keep our spiritual eyes open!

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56230. Str8shootR said,
February 4th, 2021 at 10:22 am

This is from 2020, lest anyone think the NFL was just getting some perfunctory woke points on the board in the wake of Michael Sam. The Agenda is well ensconced and it will only grow stronger. If the youth in our churches aspire to anything this league offers, sexual perversion is part of an already corrupt equation.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30079515/nfl-launching-initiatives-lgbtq-history-month

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56231. Anna Jane said,
February 4th, 2021 at 10:22 am

Amen!!

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56232. admin said,
February 4th, 2021 at 10:29 am

Just a stat I’d like to place here, in case anyone thinks I was singling out a specific NFL player (which I wasn’t): Of the 53-man NFL roster for this season, 15 of these players have fathered 96 children out of wedlock; 96 children born without the legitimate names of their fathers. Family Research Council reports that children born outside of wedlock are 10X more likely to end up in poverty and with addictions. 10X–regardless of their fathers’ wealth, fame, or success. So please don’t think I’m singling out one specific player. It’s so much bigger than that.

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56233. admin said,
February 4th, 2021 at 10:32 am

Cheryl, you cannot believe the response I’ve gotten. I posted this on FB too. Whether it’s popular or not, I have to write about these issues. Lord have mercy on us! And yes, Please come quickly Lord Jesus. Love you Cheryl!!!

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56238. admin said,
February 4th, 2021 at 6:28 pm

Heartbreaking! Thanks for this info. We can’t be responsible for what we don’t know, but for what we DO know…well, that’s a different matter.

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56240. norm said,
February 4th, 2021 at 8:18 pm

“Superbowl Sunday” was inspired by the seeker-sensitive movement. This in spite of the Scripture that says no one seeks after God.

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56243. Carol said,
February 4th, 2021 at 10:00 pm

Can’t agree more! It is unbelievable that Christians are so overwhelmed with following sports teams. So many of the youth have games scheduled for Sunday and parents have caved to this.
Thank you for sharing these truths with us.

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