Tips for watching the Super Bowl

February 2, 2008

Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be spending my time meditating on Genesis 13-14 for the evening service, where I hope to see you!  But I am planning to tape the game and watch it Monday.  I’m looking forward to watching Tom Brady and the Patriots complete their perfect season.  Yes, that is my prediction!  Please don’t tell me the score when you see me tomorrow night! 

For the rest of you football fans, CJ Mahaney has offered some helpful tips for watching the Super Bowl.  Here is a summery:

1. Strategically assign the remote.
The remote control needs to be specifically assigned to someone. This cannot be just anybody. Viewers are assaulted with lame commercials, immoral commercials, commercials that assault and offend one’s intelligence, and commercials that parade immodestly-dressed women. These are as much a part of the Super Bowl as the game itself.

2. Don’t watch passively.
Without minimizing the skill as a gift from God, I want to direct my son’s attention to character as theologically defined and described. So as Chad and I watch the game, I will draw his attention to any evidence of humility or unselfishness I observe, as well as any expression of arrogance or selfishness. I will celebrate the former and ridicule the latter.

3. Foster fellowship.
In strategically inviting people to watch the game with us we should make sure we don’t neglect interacting with others for the sake of simply watching the game. Watching the game should involve building relationships.

4. Draw attention to the eternal.
Sometime after the game—that same evening or the next day—it’s helpful for a father to draw his child’s attention to the game in light of eternity. It’s also helpful for us as fathers to be reminded of an eternal perspective.  Apart from those few who listen excessively to sports talk radio, this game will be quickly forgotten. Let me ask you this—who won the Super Bowl even five years ago?

Be sure to follow the link and read the complete post at the Sovereign Grace Ministries blog!

~ Jeff


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