While at the store yesterday, I was wished “happy Super Bowl Sunday” by more than person. After scratching my head, I finally figured out that today has officially become another holiday, on par with New Year’s Day and perhaps even Christmas. If that is indeed true, then we need to start decorating our trees with footballs and having Super Bowl Eve services at our churches.
Not being much of a football fan, I never have understood what the big deal is about this day. I realize that Super Bowl Sunday has become an event instead of a game. It has become a time to “eat, drink and be merry with your friends” under the pretense of a game very few are interested in unless their team is playing or they have wagered money on it.
I used to be quite caustic about this day but now I just roll my eyes and let it be. I could get all spiritual and quote verses about various aspects of this day which are not too cool from God’s point of view, but to do such a thing would be silly and a waste of time. I know countless groups of believers who will be gathering with friends today to laugh, share, eat and enjoy the game. In that sense there is nothing wrong with it at all.
Call me Carrie Nation, but I just do not like all the days, events and holidays which have turned into nothing but a time for people to get drunk. Maybe because I do not indulge in alcohol consumption I am a bit over reactive, but having grown up in a home ruined by the stuff and suffering through a failed marriage where alcohol was to blame; I have very little tolerance for over indulgence of alcohol.
I have heard all of my life that it takes a few drinks to have a good time. If one were to believe the endless commercials promoting this, I guess that would be true. From the outside, it does look like a drinking promotes a festive mood and loosens people up so they can have fun, but what happens when it is time to drive home or go to work the next day?
Last night we had a surprise 3 inch snow. Early this morning our dog Shadrach got to enjoy playing in snow for the first time in his young life. Watching him was witnessing the very definition of pure joy. He was the happiest dog in the world and all it took was a little snow. Why can’t we be so simple as to derive our joy from God’s simple blessings instead of fabricating artificial happiness through alcohol, drugs and other worldly things?
I pray that we all find a source of simple joy and enjoy it. I pray that we all have our “Shadrach moments” and fully engulf ourselves in the simplicity of God’s abundant blessings to us not on this holiday but every day!
I used to play football. I like the sport.It can be used to learn lessons about life. But it can also lead to idolatry and idol worship. This day is a great example of how. The commercials will be entertaining, funny. The things they promote not godly though. It reminds of a few things given as examples in the OT, that Israel did.
We got more of a dusting yesterday morning, and it didn't last long. The dog, Leah, just stands at the door and looks out, and goes back to the quilt in the living room. It looks better from the warm room, out the window:). Have a Godly day brother, enjoying those simpler things. God Bless. billy.
Good blog ,b2Y, but don't get too strict. Remember - "He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate-- bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart." (Psalm 104:14-15 NIV) I think the key is to gladden, not stupify. Keep blogging. - bibleguy
Though my father quit drinking before I was born, I too have seen the sad effects of alcohol. It touched the home of my mom when she was growing up as well and was instrumental in the loss of nearly everything. The result was that none of her children wanted anything to do with it. Unfortunately, that did not extend to all of their children.
I'm sorry and some people here may get deeply offended but I want absolutely NOTHING to do with it and I am glad my husband has the exact same view of it. I watched it nearly kill my brother. The husband of one of my friends was nearly killed by a drunk driver and though he survived, it crushed both of his legs. He was hospitalized for months and even now... well...
I realize that a lot of people preach "moderation" but I've seen moderation spin out of control for too many people. Personally, I think if one must be consuming alcohol in order to have a "good time" there is something wrong. That's just my opinion of course but I want nothing to do with it which is probably a good thing given my genetics. I know people will throw out Bible verses here and there to justify it but I just can't help but wonder... is it really a good thing for a Christian to be indulging in something which alters and/or deadens our senses? Only we as individuals can answer that question and I understand that. The thing is, non-Christians don't seem to be bothered very much by the fact that I'm a teetotaler. It seems to bother Christians a great deal more.
I asked my husband today if he was going to watch the Super Bowl. He laughed and said that he had better things to do today so he probably would not be watching it. As for me... I have no interest in it.
You mean it's Super Bowl Sunday! I didn't even remember.
Personally I'd rather have been there to see Shadrach playing in the snow.
Great blog -thoughtful points made.
It cracks me up when people look at you like you are an alien when you tell them you don't drink..."what do you do for fun?" hahahaha. oh my. I'm happy with my diet coke and with that I don't have to worry about where my overindulgence level is and therein losing my self respect or causing anyone damage. If I slip and have "one too many" I just pay with sugar overoad or bad complexion for a week. :wink: I couldn't care less about super bowl sunday...so am always surprised by the fanatics..the only sport I can sit through and watch with half interest is ice hockey for some reason. Maybe because the occasional scuffle and fight on the ice breaks up the monotony...maybe because I wish I could ice skate so I admire their agility...maybe its because you never know where the puck is so it keeps you on your toes...haha...who am I kidding? It's the scuffles and wall checks..haha :wink: watching the olympics is a whole different story...you can't help but watch those!