Super Bowl – An Alternative Opportunity for Churches in the DFW Metro

The Snowpalooza forced me to read up on news and happenings via a few iPad apps (USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR). I do not blame our paper carrier for not getting out to deliver this morning. I just wished that when the weather is perfect for delivery better efforts would be made to get the paper to the house. I am thinking of dropping the subscription.

And, uur local television stations believe we are willing to sit in front of the tele watching their employees tempt frostbite to tell us what we already know. One – it is cold. Two – traveling should be avoided. Three – it is snowing. Past that, it makes little sense to give us a variety of “cam” shots around the state testifying to what is readily confirmed looking out the window.

One of the articles I read led me to thinking about an alternative opportunity for churches in the DFW Metro when the Super Bowl comes to town next week. Years ago we lived in the DFW Metro and served in a local church. Looking to bolster what would surely be meager attendance on Super Bowl Sunday evening, we held Super Bowl parties. This common “fellowship” came with a “chili cook-off” or some other feature sure to lure more to attend. After all, it was about not feeling alone in a large building that evening.

What if instead of looking for ways to  attract a crowd, local faith communities spread out across the area surrounding Jerry’s World and looked for ways to help rescue those children who will be exploited for the evil whims of Super Bowl attenders? What if, like my friend Kari who risked safety to meet young girls captive to the same insidious practices in Lyon, France, local congregations practiced the message of hope and rescue?

Now that would be an “alternative” Christian practice would it not?

About the Author
Husband to Patty. Daddy to Kimberly and Tommie. Grandpa Doc to Cohen, Max, Fox, and Marlee. Pastor to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reading. Photography. Golf. Colorado. Jeeping. Friend. The views and opinions expressed here are my own and should not be construed as representing the corporate views of the church I pastor.

2 comments on “Super Bowl – An Alternative Opportunity for Churches in the DFW Metro

  1. Frank Gantz says:

    Todd, excellent solution and suggestion. In our area this is a huge problem. Perhaps we can figure out some good ways to work on this.

    1. Frank, it would seem that in the large cities where these type of events take place interest would be in rescuing people trapped in un-holy systems rather than snare people with a pretentious holy agenda to report “how many came to . . . ..” There are some great resourced people who offer some ways to raise awareness and work to put and end to this kind of human entrapment. David Batstone and Not for Sale and International Justice Mission to name two.

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