Should Christians Watch the Superbowl?


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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About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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3 Responses to Should Christians Watch the Superbowl?

  1. Pingback: NFL and Domestic Violence | Go Fish Ministries, Inc

  2. Ginger Smith says:

    I agree that as Christians, we should closely monitor and take appropriate action with all television programs, including the Superbowl. We control the remote and should use it to mute, record, pause, edit, block, or better yet, simply turn off objectionable material.

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