Evangelical churches all across the United States gathered on the Lord’s Day to celebrate not Jesus, but American football. Men, women, and children huddled in fellowship halls and church basements around big screen televisions to watch stadiums of Sabbath-breakers cheer like the Colosseum at a gladiator fight.
The scene of Super Bowl LIV was not at all unlike the Roman debauchery that was part and parcel to Colosseum entertainment. The crowd wildly cheered while middle-aged has-been performers on the downward slope to menopause shook their behinds, thrusted their pelvises like amorous pre-neuter dogs and frantically grabbed at crotches like Gollum searched for his coin in the dark.
All the while this apparent sexual frustration was played out on stage, thousands of churches beamed it into their sanctuaries and fellowship halls while their little ones looked on to see it.
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God (James 4:4).
Churches are not absolved by ignorance. They should have seen it coming. Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction” was similarly shown at churches across the country. Any church who thought they could beam Sodom into their house and not see depravity needs a lesson in both discernment and basic logic.
It’s not okay to bring worldly entertainment into the church. It’s not okay to sit your kids down in front of godlessness and tell them to enjoy it. It’s not okay to take a day set aside for God and use it to watch largely self-entitled behemoths and gargantuan brutes throw around a dead pig.
Did your church celebrate the Super Bowl instead of Jesus yesterday? Or did you just tack on pagan entertainment onto your Lord’s Day, pretending it is just a harmless accoutrement? Did you use sin as entertainment?
We must pray for all the churches out there who brought crotch-grabbing, pelvic-thrusting, air-humping hussies into the church. May the Lord grant then repentance and wisdom.