Monday, December 18

Should Christians Watch The Superbowl?

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Should Christians Watch the Superbowl?

The Superbowl has been a longstanding American tradition, but has it become a form of idol worship for Christians?  Over the last decade, I have stood by and idly watched as church doors have been closed for Superbowl Sunday.  Church schedules have systematically been rearranged and cancelled en mass for the festivities surrounding Superbowl Sunday. 

In addition to it interfering with our church worship time, the TV commercials that sponsor this football game on Superbowl Sunday have become more and more risqué each year and this year was no exception.  Just one of the commercials this year had a couple in bed together and advertised “Whatever you do in bed, Seally supports you.” Several other commercials had sexual innuendo and all of them occurred during a time when families were likely to be watching, needlessly exposing children to sexual themes and advertising. 

Now I would say at the very least, Christians should mute the commercials and not allow their children to be exposed to this kind of talk, but should also not allow them to view the commercials even muted.  Adults would do well to limit their own exposure to this kind of advertising junk as well.  One way Christians can avoid each of these problems is to have someone record the game minus the commercials and watch it after church time.  Then Christian families can get together for the game and have fun without all the junk that traditionally goes with it.

If Superbowl day becomes so important to us that we are willing to put up with sexually explicit advertising schemes, willing to rearrange church schedules, and even willing to close the church doors, something is dreadfully wrong with the way we worship our God.  Or are we, in fact, worshiping another god with a little g? 

Superbowl Sunday is a great day for family and friends to get together and have some fun.  But when we let that fun day impede on our moral standards and spiritual walk with God, we are not walking as Christians should walk.  We have let the world encroach on us and we have hardly noticed the difference.  God’s word tells us that we are to be salt and light in the world of darkness and that the world should know we are different when it sees us.  We, as Christians, need to take a stand against ungodly commercials shown on Superbowl Sunday by not purchasing those products or supporting those companies with our hard earned dollars. We also need to put God first and watch the game later.   

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