Super Bowl LIII
January 30

I guess I'd say I'm an average to above average sports fan. So, with the Super Bowl happening just 25 miles from me, I figured I'd better go check it out. On Monday, after my son got home from school, we headed to downtown Atlanta for the Super Bowl Experience. The Super Bowl Experience is this huge event inside the convention center where you can do some of the same drills professional athletes do, you can watch live TV being taped, you can spend $200 on a sweatshirt, you can see the Super Bowl trophy and more. It was cool but something kept nagging at me. To get to the event we had to walk what seemed like a mile. We walked through these really cool displays that had been constructed just for this event. They had lights and screens, and more. We had to walk down numerous hallways in the convention center and every few feet there was a display and each one had a Bose sound system powering it. I couldn't get over how much money had gone into this event and it wasn't even the game itself! 

I've never been able to get an exact figure, but I am guessing the Super Bowl is a billion-dollar event. From the stadium, to the players' salaries, to the commercials that cost millions for 30 seconds, the amount of money that goes into this one game is mind boggling. Now, I'm still going to watch the game and there may be a hint of guilt as I watch it, but I'm also a little unsettled by the amount of money we spend on a game verses the rest of the things in our world that go underfunded. Imagine what we could do with a $1,000,000,000! Maybe teachers wouldn't need to work a second job to pay their bills. Impoverished kids in the inner city wouldn't struggle to find places to play or miss out on playing sports because they couldn't afford it. Veterans would have adequate access to the things that they needed that were a direct result of their service. Imagine what's possible.

I'm not saying we shouldn't have the Super Bowl; what I'm saying is there should be a balance to how we live. If we spend a billion dollars on a game, maybe we should spend more on schools. If a company is willing to spend $5 million for a 30 second commercial, maybe they should also offer better benefits to their employees, and not just the CEOs, but the janitors too. If we are willing to spend $200 on a sweatshirt, maybe we can drop a few more bucks in the offering plate to support local ministries too. It's not that the Super Bowl is evil, it’s that it exposes the imbalance in our world. There's nothing wrong with a billion-dollar football stadium; the injustice is everything else that gets forgotten. We can do better. We can be more balanced. Will we?

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris

Last Published: February 1, 2019 12:42 PM