Now that I’ve got your attention…In recent days there has been an uproar about a major drop in participation in one of our nation’s Sunday institutions; watching NFL football. A lasting decline in TV ratings would result in a serious decline in the amount of advertising revenue coming into the networks, which would then bring a big drop in what they would pay the NFL for the rights to air the games. What we must remember is that the National Football League is not about football, it’s about money, and football is the vehicle that is being used to make it. Where are all of these viewers (people) going? What are they doing rather than parking in front of the tube for 3 to 6 hours each Sunday? Are they going to church instead? That’s not a valid question for the eastern half of the nation (Eastern and Central Time zones) but it does apply to us here in the west. Anecdotal evidence says that this is not the case. There has not been a corresponding rise in church attendance during this precipitous fall in NFL TV ratings. Some might view watching football and going to church as competing forms of entertainment, and church lags way behind because the entertainment factor needs to be turned up several notches for people to be interested. In response to that we need to realize who we are dealing with when we gather for worship. It’s a place and time in which the King, the Creator of the universe, invites us into His throne room to meet with us and shower us with His gifts. Therefore, worship by definition is, and must be, completely different than anything and everything else that happens on earth. It’s a time where we encounter the Almighty and Eternal God on His turf and on His terms, and the benefit that we receive is otherworldly…beyond anything this world can give. There is SO MUCH more to say about this than this space will allow. How about showing up on Sunday morning to hear more?
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009