Would America be better off with more God-minded people or more football-minded people?
Listening to random conversations in church recently, I had the following thought: “Suppose God was more important in the lives of the people of America than is, say…the NFL?”
Suppose some biblical derivation of fantasy football occupied the time and involvement of millions of people as fantasy football does? Recently I observed a group of 10 men of varying ages, pouring over their laptops engaged in fantasy football, as they sat with tables pushed together, at one of my favorite cigar bar and restaurants. Suppose they had been gathered together with their bibles to read and study God’s word instead? Suppose Americans packed into Christ-centered churches every week the way they pack into football stadiums each week? Suppose Americans the nation over, were heard discussing what they had read in the bible, what their pastor had preached and/or how God had answered prayer for them, the way football is discussed wherever one goes?
My point is not that enjoying football is wrong or bad. My point is, what if God were more important to us as a nation than football? That is a valid question because as we observe around us — we see broken lives, broken families, and broken homes. We see the celebration of sinful behavior as not witnessed in modern times.
Ergo the question: “Would America be better off with more God-minded people or more football-minded people?”
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
13 The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
22 Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here