Culture / Ministry / January 31, 2012

Football Fan for a Day

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote for about how and why to enjoy the big game. 

I have loved football since my pee wee playing days at Pearl Park in Minneapolis. I fell in love with the Minnesota Vikings during the same time period while growing up just a few blocks from the Metrodome where they play (and have since felt like a lover scorned more often than not.) It is not just playing the game that I love, nor is it the Vikings. No, it is the game itself with all of its aggression, drama, skill, passion, competition, and spectacular displays of athleticism.

But just as much as I love football others of you dislike it or simply don’t care about it. Your passions might be for music, literature, cooking, art, technology, gaming, or any of a million past times. And that is fine and good.

But I make one request of you: for one day a year, and one day only, be a football fan.

Be a fan for one day for a single purpose: People.

. . . 

You can read the article in its entirety HERE


Jan 31, 2012

Good posts. Some Christian bloggers (who aren’t football fans) tend to imply that the Super Bowl is a waste of time. But we do have the freedom to enjoy it and use the time to connect with people.

Jan 31, 2012

Thanks, Staci. It’s hard for me to think of a better, more natural time to connect with folks. It’s the perfect gathering time.

Feb 01, 2012

So if your church has a regular Sunday evening worship service you are advocating skipping that so that you can attend or host a football party?

    Feb 01, 2012

    I wouldn’t “advocate” for skipping church, but I wouldn’t have a problem with people choosing not to attend (unless the evening service is the primary gathering time). I wouldn’t call it “skipping” simply because that seems to imply a sense of obligation or requirement to be there and most evening services are not the primary corporate worship gathering.

Feb 01, 2012

Thanks for the post…good exhortation, Barnabas. Go Broncos (no offense intended to Viking fans :)!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *