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Would Jesus Throw a Hail Mary

Posted: November 06, 2013

I had a strange dream last night.  I think I have an idea where it came from.  Most likely it stemmed from a composite of selected videos. 

1-Local news video of Aaron Rodgers getting smacked to the turf and breaking his collarbone, thank you God it was not his throwing arm.

2-Call of Duty Ghost commercials, running during the Monday night football game between Green Bay and Chicago, where four normal looking young males blow up everything and everyone in site.

3-Stories of Miami Dolphin's Richie Incognito and bleeped video of him having some kind of roid rage. 

4-Tiki Barber on The O'Reilly Factor, talking about thugs in the NFL, and responding that the NFL "is barbarism, we (fans) celebrate collisions and violence".

Tiki Barber

In my dream I found myself underneath a stadium.  It was somewhere near the tunnel where the players usually emerge.  I was talking to someone and said, "Isn't it a shame that we celebrate violence.  Wouldn't it be better if artists of all kinds came out and had some competition."  I imagined 70,000 fans getting hysterical as painters, sculptures, dancers, musicians, poets and other artists came streaming out to compete against their rival artists from another team.  You go Van Gogh!!!  Well, that's why they call it a dream I guess.  Most of my artist friends are in serious financial debt and get little exposure.   

As a Christ follower I believe it is essential that we stop from time to time and reflect on how much outside cultural influences have impacted us.  Yes, we must even reflect on the sacred cow, FOOTBALL!

I find it interesting that here in Wisconsin the main concern is how long Aaron Rodgers will be out.  I don't think many are really concerned about him personally, just that he comes back and leads the Packers into the playoffs.   Because Aaron is out, ticket prices have gone down from $300 to $250 per ticket and may sink further, dependent on his condition and how well the team plays without him.  

Has football evolved into something brutal and barbaric as Tiki Barber said?  What is in the spirit of man that we celebrate human beings doing violence to one another?  How would Christ react to all this and what does the Bible say about this?  How does watching violence and playing violent video games effect our Spirit man?  Like I said before, I think it is essential that we reflect on these and other cultural issues that have an influence on our lives.  Nothing should be off limits, not even football. We are to reflect a higher culture, the culture of Christ.  

I think it is important to identify how much of the world has crept into our hearts and then take action to eliminate it.

*** A couple of hours after posting this a yahoo article came out about a player just quitting the team.  Here is a quote from that article..."I just really thought about it and decided I'm not happy. I'm not happy at all," Moffitt told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Seattle. "And I think it's really madness to risk your body, risk your well-being and risk your happiness for money.  "Everybody, they just don't get it and they think it's crazy.  But I think what I was doing was crazy."  

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