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Super Bowl Winners
What is the Super Bowl?
In football terms, it’s the final game between the two best teams in the NFL for a given year. Theoretically, it’s the final contest between the best two football programs, with the best coaches and training facilities, and the most gifted and well-coached players who have dedicated themselves with every ounce of their being to be in this final game.
How big is it?
The Super Bowl has gained the status of a national holiday, with the cheapest seats going for $1,000, attracting more than 100 million television viewers, consuming more food than on any other day of the year except Thanksgiving, captivated by television commercials costing $4.5 million for 30 seconds, while placing $20 million in legal bets and over $4 billion in illegal bets. For Americans, there is no bigger event than Super Bowl Sunday.
But it’s Sunday!
The 4th Commandment calls for us to remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy. We’re doing a really poor job of that! In the 1950’s, church attendance grew faster than our population growth, to 70% of our population. That number has now dropped to 20%. When 50% of our population chooses to focus on itself over spending time with God, there are consequences. It’s culture changing!
It’s not about football.
There’s nothing wrong with watching the Super Bowl. Most churchgoing Christians will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday. It’s about choosing this day who you will serve. More than 80 million Americans will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday that did not go to church, and most of those fans will be far more excited about a football game than they’ve ever been about God or attending church. They’ll guzzle more than 325 million gallons of beer and cause major property damage in the wake of the final score, regardless of which team wins or who they support. That’s not ‘Super’.
What’s wrong with this picture?
Again, while there’s nothing wrong with the Super Bowl, it’s a microcosm for what’s wrong with America. By every statistic available, we’ve become a Godless Society. As a country, we’ve chosen to worship other Gods . . . like football . . . rather than Almighty God, making chaos in America inescapable.
Moral authority can only come from an impartial Holy God who is pure and righteous . . . the God who created us with the choice to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. It’s impossible for any society to survive without agreed upon moral absolutes, and moral absolutes are replaced by man’s depravity when God is ignored. With less than 20% of our population still attending church on a regular basis, most Americans are ignoring God and all of us are suffering the consequences for their actions.
This is what a Godless society looks like! II Corinthians 4:4 tells us that Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers. With 80% of America now being unbelievers, things like late term abortions being seen as righteous (even after birth) and men deciding they are girls being allowed to walk into girl’s shower rooms, becomes commonplace.
Why are anger and absurdities and obscenities and dissentions ruling the culture and politics of our today. It’s called spiritual warfare and the soul of America is at stake. And we’re losing the battle because only 1% of all Christians view themselves as being on the front line moving everyone in their life closer to Jesus. For Christians, the only thing that will matter 100 years from now is how many people are in Heaven because of your influence.
Having said all that, comparing this level of competition to a football game is not comparable! This is the Super Bowl of Life and every one of us has been commanded to engage in this competition with the same dedication and fervor of the players we’ll watch on Super Bowl Sunday . . . pressing on to reach the end of the race and receive the Heavenly Prize for which God, through Christ, is calling us. Philippians 3:14
This is the Super Bowl of life, a billion times more important than what we’ll be watching on Super Bowl Sunday and a great segue for inserting God into Game-Day Conversations!
Regardless of who wins the game, you’ll be a SUPER BOWL WINNER when you let your light shine through everything you do and say today amidst the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.
Reference Quotes and Scriptures:
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.“
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.“
“No man hates God without first hating himself.”
“God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.“
“Without God, all of our efforts turn to ashes and our sunrise into the darkest of nights.“
Martin Luther King
“The Lord gives us perpetual joy when we live in obedience to Him. “
“Scripture is filled with examples of men and women whom God used late in life, often with great impact – men and women who refused to use old age as an excuse to ignore what God wanted them to do.“
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity, there is none that does good.
But for those who are self-seeking and reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. (no one is telling them)
How can they call on Him to save them unless they believe on Him?. And how can they believe on Him if they have never heard about Him?
But you will receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria and the uttermost part of the earth.
Behold I say unto you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are white for harvest . . . but the laborers are few.
Athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules.
II Timothy 2:5
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
II Corinthians 9:6
I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.
II Timothy 4:7
Well done thou good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you a ruler over many things; enter thou into the Joy of the Lord.