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Super Bowl thoughts

I have just learned via rnb_capricorn's LJ that the Indianapolis Colts are going to the Super Bowl. On some level, I think that's neat/interesting, quite an accomplishment worth noting. They worked hard for it.

On an entirely different level, what this means is that I'm going to get barraged with stuff about it all week and expected to act like a sports fan whether I am one or not; and this I just cannot stomach. Yesterday in church, we were told that we were supposed to stand up, find three people, and say, "Go, Colts!" What, I ask, does this do to bring people into a spirit of worship? And how does it build community? It only builds community with sports fans and makes the rest of us feel like, "Here we go again. We're supposed to pretend to like what we don't like because everybody's doing it." It was extremely awkward for me; and now I know that it's going to continue for the next two weeks. My small group is meeting for a "Super Bowl party" on February 4. I now wonder if what this means is that the entire group will be glued to the TV... My memories of Super Bowl Sunday are just plain negative... When I lived in the upper story of an apartment house and the people in the bottom watched the game, the entire house shook when they stomped and hollered when their preferred team scored. I am so thankful that my parents don't do this, and I'm not looking forward to the madness that will be going on over the next two weeks.

It doesn't help that I'm expected to act like a civilized human being regarding my own interests, celebrate my own accomplishments with reasonable levels of quietness, etc. If people can stomp and shout because the Colts score a touchdown, I'm gonna stomp and shout because I score an A on a theology paper, for crying out loud!


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Jan. 22nd, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
I agree with you completely. I am not, and never have been a fan of sports of any kind. All it seems to me is a bunch of guys taking steroids and getting caught. The spectators seem to be a bunch of guys getting drunk and screaming. My stepdad was a big sports fan even down to little girls' gymnastics, and I never understood the hipe.
As far as church, that's where people go to warship, not talk about sports. That's for after church. They shouldn't force everybody to act like they like something they don't. When I was a member of the Church of Christ in Colorado, all I heard about was the Bronkos. They even had super bowl parties too. Never understood it.
Jan. 22nd, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)

Personally I have always been able to follow football but I'm really not a sports fan. I won't watch the super bowl, but I do have a party for nothing more than the social aspect of it. That however, really depends on who your friends are and whether or not they are so glued to the tv that they cannot be social. I look at it as an excuse to have a bunch of people over and hang out and maybe try some yummy new snack recipes.

That being said--if I were attending a church where people are dumb enough to disgrace the reason why they are there--to worship God, I'd find a new church. That is, in my opinion, morally wrong. It screams out that you are willing to give God a back seat to a football game. There is zero place for that at church and someone ought to be spiritual enough to call those folks out for their irreverence.

If folks want to fellowship and host a gathering, the place to discuss that is after service or bible study is over. If you cannot choose between God and a football game you've no right to pretend to be a Christian because it defames your testimony and witness to non christians that may be in your mix.
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