Christians and Super Bowl

While many are excited about Super Bowl this weekend, be excited about Christ, his life-transforming word, and his church more!

As I’ve been studying and preaching Matthew 6:19-24, I’m so drenched with the reality that my passion, prize, priorities and pursue have been on worthless things in life, even after my conversion. I wish I can turn back the clock, but can’t.

Please don’t misunderstand me. This is not to damp your sports enthusiasm. But all honestly, do you equally (or more) get enthusiastic about going to church on the Lord’s day, eager to receive the eternal word and participate on the Lord’s Table, and be excited about sharing the gospel? Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

I’m shocked when I hear about churches canceling their services due to Super Bowl. My thought is whatever happened to keeping the sabbath holy? Now I can hear someone crying for foul or legalism. Before you accuse me of being legalistic, listen to what the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) and London Baptist Confession of Faith (LBCF) declare:

The sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering their common affairs aforehand, do not only observe an holy rest all day, from their own works, words and thoughts, about their worldly employment and recreations, but are also taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of his worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy [Chapter 21 in WCF and Chapter 22 in LBCF].

I can hear some may say, “Who cares about those doctrines?” “I don’t live by doctrine stuff. I just love Jesus and fill with the Holy Spirit.”

Such attitude only reminds me that we have a way to go in seeing true reformation in our churches. Nonetheless, let God’s redeemed be more passionate and excited about Christ, his gospel, and his church this weekend than any earthly event!


2 thoughts on “Christians and Super Bowl

  1. I’ve never been a fan of canceling services for a football game, particularly in the age of TiVo.

    It’s just a dumb football game … unless, of course, the Cowboys are playing.

    But they ensured that’s not anything about which to worry in this year’s superbowl, now didn’t they?

  2. Amen, Brother Jim.

    Here’s the choice: On one hand, we can enter into the very presence of the Creator of heaven and earth, to worship at His footstool (He is holy!); or, on the other hand, we can sit at home and eat chips and watch a bunch of grown men throw a ball back and forth.

    Wait, was that honestly a choice?

    When the Church actually acknowledges that there *is* such a choice for Christians — that even asking the question of oneself is legitimate — said Church has already lost the battle. Its members might just as well stay home, for their shepherds have nothing to offer them.

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