Several years ago, I read that after communists took over a nation and persecuted the church, they observed the church just got stronger. So they decided instead to weaken the church with their influence on unsuspecting organizers to plan events to be held at the same time as church services in order to “lure” church attendees away, esp. young ones. Has that happened? To answer that, please consider the following:
From secular reasoning, Saturday nights would be logical for scheduling Super Bowl Games that day. People, not living in the city where it would be played, would be traveling on Saturday to attend the game and probably returning home on Sunday. Now with Sunday nights, people travel on Sundays and then probably have to make arrangements for being absent from work or school on Monday. So scheduling the games on Sundays is not really the best time even for secular people. Then why have games on Sunday?
Scheduling them on Sunday night hurts church attendance; therefore, Christians should oppose Sunday games, and Christian sports’ figures should also oppose their playing on Sunday! (The movie, “Chariots of Fire” shows a Godly example of a Christian sports figure, Eric Liddell, who was a runner in the 1924 Olympics but would not participate on Sunday.) It is obvious Sunday evening services, once well attended, have now downsized or no longer exist! The Super Bowl game, played only once a year, is certainly not the only cause. There are also other sports games, as well as weekly TV specials and other entertainment at the same time as church services, which get Christians’ participation in one way or another. (Sad to say, even those in Christian education schedule youngsters’ sports practice and/or games at the same time as church services.) Have acquiescing Christians, therefore, inadvertently supported the communist agenda?
The Scripture, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]” (Heb. 10:25) seems to be interpreted today as “except for sports events and other entertainment”! The church in the past influenced the world in regards to setting Sunday apart as a day of worship, rest and family time. Many stores even closed on Sundays for those reasons. But today the thinking is, “We need to stay open on Sundays for financial reasons.” However, please consider how the Lord has financially blessed Hobby Lobby/Mardel’s and Chick-Fil-A, which close on Sundays!
Yes, there has been a drastic negative change in church attendance and the number of stores that close on Sundays!
“The Super Bowl is also one of the most watched American broadcasts attracting more than a hundred million viewers,” reports Calendar-12.com.
No doubt, a vast number of those viewers are Christians. In spite of that number of Christians, they could make a difference by saying, “We will not support in any way the Super Bowl by attending or watching the game, or by buying what we’re told is advertised during those games. We hope and pray by this stand to make a difference in when it is scheduled to be played.” Super Bowl games for the next ten years are scheduled for Sunday.
However, what about churches which invite members and friends, especially young people, to come to Church for a Super Bowl Party and watch the game on TV there? Some churches justify Super Bowl Parties by saying it will be used an evangelistic outreach.Obviously, some of the football players are living immoral lives, so does this please and glorify the Lord to invite anyone, Christians and unbelievers, to church to cheer for ungodly men, also to see beer commercials and ungodly advertisements, as well as promos for upcoming TV programs and/or movies which display either scantily dressed women and/or immorality, not to mention ungodly half-time shows that glorify worldly entertainers? Does Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl Game give a good role model for anyone attending a Super Bowl party at a church?
Are churches really reaching people this way for Jesus Christ or are they saying to the world that these churches believe more attention and honor should be given to sports’ figures and/or entertainers instead of Jesus Christ?” Look how far the church has departed from worshiping the Lord Who was crucified, rose and is coming again now that Christians, especially young people, often know and speak more about football players than about God’s Word and Bible characters! Sadly, it appears the command “Be not conformed to the world” (Rom. 12:2) is ignored.
One more thought on this glorification of man when churches bring the Super Bowl into their building: More than likely, those in attendance participate in enthusiastic vocal cheers, praises and clapping for football players while viewing the game; whereas if they had similarly praised the Lord at appropriate times in a service of many churches, they would be escorted out!
So, will a Super Bowl football team be the only one who will lose Super Bowl night 2016, or will many churches in America lose in an even greater way, as Satan’s deceptive agenda is carried out when God’s people participate in praising football players and ungodly entertainers instead of praising the Lord?
Is it possible communists were right believing such events, coinciding with church services, would weaken the church? Have they seen even more success with their original agenda now that churches have brought the Super Bowl into their buildings? Hmmm, I wonder.