The last National Football League game of the 2017-2018 season takes place this evening. For many die-hard fans, it is bittersweet because it is the biggest game of the year but it is also the end of football for the next seven months. The going rate for a 30 second TV commercial for the Super Bowl this year is ve million dollars or $166,666 per second. Isn’t that incredible? The average ticket price for the game this year is $5,415. The stadium holds 66,000 so the ticket revenue will be around $357,390,000. Each winning team member gets $112,000. Each losing team member gets $56,000. Those numbers boggle my mind! I am a fan of football but I have to admit that it seems crazy to me that this kind of money is associated with this particular game. Because of the money the host city always sees a spike in crimes like prostitution and pickpocketing
Would it be exciting to attend a Super Bowl football game? Absolutely! I would love it but even if I was rich I am still not sure that I would buy a ticket for over $5,000. The things associated with the Super Bowl seem to be another indicator of the current state of the world around us, especially here in America.
People love to be excited about something. We love to have our senses stimulated and to feel good. We love to be entertained. There is a success mindset that has ingrained itself into the fabric of our lives whereby those who are “successful” are highly valued and those who are not “successful” are devalued. Successful in the eyes of the world includes those who achieve fame, wealth, and power. These ideas have even in ltrated into most people’s perception of church and religion. Last week I saw a TV commercial from a popular preacher in the Dallas area and his encouragement was to “come to the hottest church in the coolest city!” Religion has become a commodity in which those who offer the most excitement, entertainment, special events, and services will draw the most people and and “success.” Scripture and truth have been pushed out of the way and replaced by finding out what people want and giving it to them.
There are legitimate reasons to be excited and to feel good about being Christians. But we must never allow that to be our primary aim. God has always been more interested in faithfulness rather than numbers and “success.” It would be good for people to pay attention to the admonition of Jeremiah 9:23- 24, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.’”