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Worshiping the Pigskin God

Exploring the spirituality of Super Bowl Sunday

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
February 2, 2006

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Worshiping the Pigskin God
The seats are filled with worshipers.
Their voices chant and cheer.
It's really almost spiritual.
You'd think that God was here.

They raise their hands and close their eyes.
They bow their heads and pray.
What happens next? They genuflect
and then they start to sway.

A wave of praise moves through the crowd.
They stand up to confess
allegiance to the pigskin god
while clad in their team's dress.

Like Romans back in Caesar's time
they watch the sacrifice.
Atonements made on grassy turf
with blood and pain and ice.

And so on this blest holiday
true followers abound.
But church is not the sacred place.
Ford Field is holy ground.

But what of that which matters more
than touchdowns, pads and rings?
Must God be sidelined, sacked or snubbed
for such less noble things?

Can true devotion that we see
this Sunday every year
be matched by what we see in church?
This day's a somber mirror.

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Just Curious from Somewhere In Time writes:
February 3, 2006
Oh come on! I'm sorry, but this entry is a poor application of your talent.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that it is possible to be a football fan AND a good Christian.

Sometimes a football is just a football, not a commentary on the public's propensity toward idolotry or the erroding of our nation's Judeo-Christian foundation.

Try this... AFTER church on Sunday, call up a couple of friends and invite them over. Collect a selection of your favorite snacks and beverages, and plunk yourself in front of the Roman Spectacle for a little while.

You might actually enjoy it.

Pat Milz from Illinois writes:
February 3, 2006
Just Curious totally misses the point. You can be a good Christian and a football fan. I believe the point Greg is trying to make is how would church and our worship of Christ be if we celebrated it like we do the Super Bowl.

Larry Slay from Brewton Al. writes:
February 3, 2006
Good writing Greg now lets separate the wheat from the chaffe. I think the Super Bowl Game's kick off should start at 10 am on Sunday and then let's see what team each fan sides with.

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