Churches, once more, are canceling their evening services tomorrow. Catholics are doing it. Non-Denominationals are doing it. And of course the Episcopalians are doing it.
Let me be blunt:
Churches cancelling worship for football aren’t really all that concerned with being the body of Christ. They’re just more interested in pandering to society and ‘giving the people what they want’.
Churches that cancel worship for holidays, sporting events, or any other such nonsense have forgotten who, and what, they are. And they’re feeding the foes of Christianity yet another plate full of ’see, their God isn’t all that important to them. They’re happy enough to replace him with just about anything. Anything at all really. Any excuse to disavow worship will do.’
Sure, canceling worship services makes perfect sense if for you Church is nothing but a social organization craving new participants at any price rather than what it really is: the body of Christ called to make disciples, not fans.
Indeed, the percentage is much higher than a paltry 25%, but 25% at LEAST are really awful when it comes to theological astuteness and acuity. Why? Because at least 25% of Americans actually think God influences the outcome of sporting events!
As millions look forward to watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, a new poll finds more than a quarter of Americans believe God “plays a role in determining which team wins” at sporting events, CNN reports. Asked if they believe God plays a role in who wins, 27 percent of Americans said yes. The survey by the Public Religion Research Institute also found that more than half of Americans believe “God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success.”
Let me assist those misguided ignorant souls with a brief lesson in theology:
1- Sports don’t matter. God concerns himself with things that do matter.
2- God may well care about the health and welfare of athletes, but that has absolutely NOTHING to do with the final score.
3- There is not one single rightly exegeted biblical text which supports the false teaching that God influences sports scores.
4- The supposition that God influences the outcome of games turns God into little more than a petty tyrant who picks winners and losers.
5- Your God is too small if you believe he does such things.
And finally, as my esteemed Systematic Theology professor put it back in College- “God Don’t Care Who Wins No Ball Game!” – Prof. Dr. Paul Brewer.
My fellow Americans, before you presume to speak for God- first, don’t. And second, if you must, then at least have the good manners to try to learn something first. But really, do just shut up about God unless you have the wherewithal to do it without lying.
“You have to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball. My husband cannot [expletive deleted] throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”
It’s a bit incongruous to one day be ‘spiritual’ and ask for prayer for your husband and the next drop the f-bomb because the game didn’t go as you wished. But that’s what Giselle Brady (Tom’s wife) did today.
If one is a person of prayer one is a person who places matters in God’s hands and awaits the outcome in faith and trust. If one simply wants to appear spiritual however one uses prayer as some sort of mystical talisman and when one doesn’t get what one wishes one is angry and strikes out at the closest target.
The pseudo-spirituality which parades itself these days is genuinely sickening. At any rate, God doesn’t care who wins a ballgame. Better to ask him to keep everyone safe and uninjured than to ask him to let your hubby win and then demonstrate yourself to be a vulgar common potty-mouth if he doesn’t.
Whoever has instructed Giselle in theology needs to do a refresher on the theology of prayer. Maybe she’ll pay attention this time.
NewSpring Church, a five campus megachurch in Anderson, S.C., is canceling its Sunday night services due to the Super Bowl this weekend. Lead Pastor Perry Noble explained the reason in his blog. “I’ve been in church work for over 20 years and the one thing I can say is that attendance on Super Bowl Sunday night in church has always been awful! (and…the people who are there are pretending to be looking at youversion on their phone…but they are really checking the score of the game!),” he wrote.
So he’s canceled- teaching his entire congregation and the watching world that as far as he’s concerned, Christianity should surrender to culture and lay down, play dead, and never schedule anything that might draw the poor hapless ‘Christian’ away from some sporting event or party.
But that’s not Christianity. Christianity stands strongly enough that’ the gates of hell will not prevail against it’. Not even if hell is dressed up like a ball game.
NewSpring, just shut your doors. You aren’t a church- you’re a social club.
Four words: a pox on your house.
Plainfield United Methodist Church is planning on throwing a big Super Bowl watch party. The game will be televised on big screen TV, there will be free food fun and lots of fun promised by the locals. “It’s been wonderful, we have 40 to 60 teenagers that show up here,” said Pastor Bob Preusch.
Yes, it’s ‘wonderful’ to teach teens that worship of God isn’t as important as watching two teams of giant men thumping each other for a strangely shaped ball and slugging down free food and having lots of ‘fun’ (because, God knows, worship can’t be enjoyable, can it…).
Makes perfect sense really if for you Church is nothing but a social organization craving new participants at any price rather than what it really is: the body of Christ called to make disciples, not fans.
But maybe the Churches cancelling worship for football aren’t really all that concerned with being the body of Christ. Perhaps they’re just more interested in pandering to society and ‘giving the people what they want’.
Churches that cancel worship for holidays, sporting events, or any other such nonsense have forgotten who, and what, they are. And they’re feeding the foes of Christianity yet another plate full of ‘see, their God isn’t all that important to them. They’re happy enough to replace him with just about anything. Anything at all really. Any excuse to disavow worship will do.’
Or in putting on shows. But whoever put on the halftime show for this year’s Superbowl did a spectacularly horrible job. And by that I mean, the singers. They were simply atrocious. The Black Eye Peas clearly should confine themselves to a dank and dark studio somewhere. They clearly and obviously should never perform life. Ever. EVER. They are awful.
we only air smutty ads
I’m with Stephen on this one. If Fox will air the filth they usually do there’s no reason to reject this one.
via Faith in Hand
What do football games, men, and sex with underage children have in common? The Super Bowl of course.
Pimps will traffic thousands of under-age prostitutes to Texas for Sunday’s Super Bowl, hoping to do business with men arriving for the big game with money to burn, child rights advocates said. As the country’s largest sporting event, the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers will make the Dallas-Fort Worth area a magnet for business of all kinds. That includes the multimillion dollar, under-age sex industry, said activists and law enforcement officials working to combat what they say is an annual spike in trafficking of under-age girls ahead of the Super Bowl.
That’s horrific. I thought child trafficking was something that went on in Thailand. But given the fact that America has plenty of evil depraved child molesters I’m actually more surprised at my surprise than I am at the fact of fat middle aged guys in Dallas buying young girls for their own entertainment.
Hopefully each and every man who buys a prostitute (of any age) in Dallas will receive the just recompense they richly deserve.
The primate and a reporter
It would seem so. One thing’s for sure though, primates are smarter than Ben ‘the rapist’ Roethlisberger.
A South Carolina orangutan has made his pick for this year’s Super Bowl. A Greenville Zoo orangutan named Baby Bob picked the Green Bay Packers Saturday to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bob was offered T-shirts for both teams, and he chose the Packers shirt. Bob’s Super Bowl picks were part of his 5th birthday celebration.
Well there ya go…