Congregations across the United States, including megachurches like NewSpring in South Carolina, have canceled or moved their worship services to allow families to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday. The churches say this is neither worldly nor sinful.Wrong on both counts; because this action is worldly, it’s sinful.
"We know the game is important so we're moving the service times to better fit your schedule," says the megachurch, which canceled Saturday night services at four locations and won't have night services at all on Sunday.Not worldly? Hardly. And, you know, I don’t remember ever reading about Jesus being so accommodating to His potential followers (see here).
Sound Life Church in Tacoma has planned a Championship Sunday Party in its gymnasium with a high definition 16-by-9-foot screen.
"Because no one will attend the Mass at 5:30 p.m., Father (Jack Shrum) canceled it and told people to go to other Masses," Monica Rodrigues, pastoral assistant for faith formation at St. Andrew, tells the Tribune.Well, we read that whenever Jesus preached, He drew enormous crowds; however, even after He preached the Bread of Life discourse, and many of His followers deserted Him, did He say, “Well, nobody’s going to come anymore, so I’ll just stop preaching” (John 6:66 and following)? Of course He didn’t.
Last year, Perry wrote that the church had existed for 12 years and "anytime we've tried to compete with the Super Bowl…well, it just hasn't gone well. We've tried different approaches to remedy this, but nothing has worked, people just have NOT came to church."
A church should meet together, according to the Bible, Pastor Noble writes. "However, there are not any verses mandating a Biblical time for worship," he says, acknowledging that Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most watched events on television every single year.I’ll give this much – the Bible doesn’t offer a specific day or time for corporate worship; neither does it offer the option not to go if there’s ‘something better’ or more exciting to do. The early Church adopted Sunday as its day for corporate worship, and that day has been traditional since then; you can argue that Jesus wasn’t much for the traditions of men, and I’d agree with you; but try to imagine Jesus, Paul, Peter, or any of the other apostles – had their meetings been on specified days – telling their disciples, “Well, next Sunday the governor is holding chariot races; I know you all want to see those, so we’ll be canceling next week’s meeting.”
"Our job as a church is not to try to make a POINT by competing with culture, but rather to make a difference by leveraging what is going on in culture to reach as many people as possible."In all my reading of the Bible, the only time I’ve ever seen Jesus or any of His apostles ‘leveraging’ culture was to point out how it ran counter to the teachings of God and Christ. Jesus corked off the religious rulers of the time – the arbiters of the ‘culture’ – and was crucified for it; Paul got beat up, stoned, and thrown out of just about every city he preached in, because he preached against the culture. Every one of the apostles (according to tradition) except for John was martyred – because they spoke against the culture. Even John was exiled to Patmos – because he preached against the culture. Many of the earliest church fathers were martyred – because they preached against the culture.
I think a great many men (and women) of the cloth need to diligently study the words of Joshua and Jesus, and then ask themselves, ‘Whom do I serve? God, or men?’
"And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)