A Lesson From History
Millions of Americans find immense pleasure in watching overpaid, grown men play children's games, often on the Sabbath day. This opiate bears striking resemblance to the grisly, yet highly entertaining "sports" the Roman Rulers provided their people during the decline of the Roman Empire. The stadium sports were one of many distractions that kept people from revolting against the Roman government's de-bassing of the currency, inflation, and wars of aggression. All the former were factors contributing to the downfall of the once dominant Roman Republic. The stadium sports provided a perfect outlet for the universal cravings of decadence, violence, and entertainment. We the people of the USA have an obsession with "bread and circuses" much like the Roman people and our rulers, as theirs, have the ability to gratify the neurosis, thereby distracting us from the de-bassing of our currency, inflation, and wars of aggression.
A Lesson From the Bible
Then, there are those pesky 10 Commandments. "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy". I do not claim perfection. I'm just one seeking to live my beliefs better each day. To my chagrin there have been a few years I watched the Superbowl. I can't remember any of them. I don't feel enriched because I watched them. I certainly didn't feel the Sabbath day was kept holy by my indulgence. Certainly we can find alternative ways to spend positive quality time with our family, while serving Him to whom we owe all.
Wait! There are those great commercials. You all know them, the "best of the year." Who can forget the simi-nude women playing in the lingerie bowl? Or perhaps we relish the more memorable, humorous advertisements aimed at enticing us and young teens to purchase beer? Or possibly we feel glued to the set drawn in by the busty woman promoting some new ".com" company? Isn't it interesting how we remember the important things, the sexual undercurrents, the crude commercials, or the "wardrobe malfunctions."
In many respects these are the things the world considers to be holy. So in one sense we are keeping the Sabbath day holy by partaking of the Superbowl. Who's Sabbath day is the question, and our personal decision. We make simple choices like this everyday. It is the sum of all these diminutive decisions that determine our divine destiny. This has become an easy decision for me.
Reasons to Watch
Here are the top reasons I believe God watches the Superbowl. Or maybe not.
1) The commercials are hilarious.
God likes humor. He wants us to be happy.
2) A wonderful time to have a family get together.
God loves families. He can't think of another more edifying reason to congregate.
3) It's a day of rest to sit and watch the pre game, the game and the post game.
God enjoys of bit of rest from labors. In fact we are commanded to rest.
4) Hey, there are some Mormon announcers, players, possibly coaches in the Super bowl.
God roots for Mormon's, right?
5) There will be plenty of meat, processed food, and soda served at your neighbors party.
These are certainly the kinds of foods God loves to partake of and they are prepared and processed with thanksgiving.
The Duty of a Father
Men are leaders of their family charged with providing, presiding and protecting. Acting in this role, how can we allow this type of influence into our homes? Does this type of Sunday worship bring us closer to God or mammon? We cannot serve both (Matt 6:24). What are we teaching our children through our modeling? The Sabbath day is holy only until Superbowl Sunday, playoff Sunday, or big game Sunday comes around... Are we educating ourselves, our children and our spouses, or letting the media do it for us?
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." 1 Corinthians 13:11 Are we men? Or are we weak creatures who cower and seek after the lusts of the flesh?
Let us use this Sunday, not as a day to celebrate men running around after a ball, or enjoying beer advertisements or to view scantily clad women; rather let us use this Sunday to rest, to spiritually recharge, to enlightenment our families through education and service, to help others and to be better people.
Does God watch the super bowl? No, he doesn't, but many of the members and leaders of his church do. Where do you stand? Let's not participate/support in the greatest commercialization the Sabbath day has ever seen.