BABYLON ON DISPLAY
I watched the first quarter of the Super Bowl and then I fell asleep. I present that so no one will believe I am pristine in the matter about which I will address. Let me say that I would not have watched the half time show, however if it were Paul McCartney or something along those lines I may have. But I want to expose the entire event as a colossal display of hedonism along the lines of the Roman coliseum spectacles. Let us be honest here unless we wish to disregard God’s Word: Things like the Super Bowl come completely unapproved by the Spirit.
All of us have been on some level affected and even infected by the culture. And the Super Bowl is as Babylonianish as it gets. It is a carnival for the flesh even without the halftime strip club routines. Man’s devotion to his own abilities and talents is almost measureless, and even the poor love to watch millionaires play games. It is a multi-billion dollar industry arriving at the summit when the Super Bowl arrives. Almost the entire nation is mesmerized by the game itself. But even the commercials have become carefully crafted spectacles.
But the event provides an unobstructed view of how far a fallen culture has gone. Money is no object when it comes to entertainment, thrills, and just the pleasure of distractions from the mundane. Excitement and the thrill of competition is a narcotic in our humanistic culture. And then some believers who purposely do not watch the Super Bowl will use that as a platform for self righteousness. The entire issue is a melee.
But even though some of us may have watched the game, how is it that churches could show it? It was the third most watched Super Bowl ever, and to say that things like that do not desensitize people to sin is simply untrue. But we have all been systematically desensitized to sin by the culture. And things like the Super Bowl including the halftime show would have almost been illegal a few decades ago. And to think that Beyonce began singing in church as did many of these modern sex symbols. And many of these athletes profess to be believers even though their lifestyles say anything but being a follower of Jesus.
If this Super Bowl had been televised in 1962 we all would have been shocked even if we were not a believer. We as believers must realign our hearts and minds with God’s Word and in so doing we would most definitely be shocked by what we see. We live in a culture that is absolutely at odds with God and His Word, but because men love darkness, we ourselves have been desensitized. Let us be painfully honest here. The entire spectacle, including the football, is at odds with spirit of the New Testament and the Person of Jesus Christ, and as I said, I watched part of the game.
But this should, this must reveal to us just how assimilated we have become inside the culture. Things that we accept and even enjoy would be considered worldly in the 1950’s. So that either means that believers in the 50s were legalistic prudes, or that we have been infected and desensitized by our surroundings. The word “Babylon” when used like I do means a system that is constructed to elevate man and his pleasures and is against the Spirit of God.
And in times past a believer could be tempted and then receive strength and correction by the man of God and the church he attended. But not only is that no longer the case, but most evangelical churches in America have bought into this Babylonian system. And some will rail against the half time show in order to show how pure they are, but they refuse to examine to totality of both the culture and their own ecclesiastical construct. The church at large is now dead to Christ and alive to Babylon. It may be impossible for any of us to fully realize the depth of the compromise and even apostasy.
So this year’s Super Bowl can be used by the Spirit not just as a target for our self righteousness, but as a rod of correction for our own spiritual condition. If a display as outlandish as the half time show is what is necessary to elicit our disapproval, then we are without remedy. Our spiritual plight requires much deeper and more penetrating repentance that is far greater than throwing stones at the unsaved. We ourselves need to pursue personal repentance on a scale that will bring forth many tears and produce much fruit. Do not pacify yourself with a detached review of the world’s sinful ways.
If you are waiting for a church to lead you, you will have a long wait. If you do not take up a radical spiritual journey of your own you will stay where you are. The question remains, do you desire more of Jesus? Yes the world around us is in full decay mode, and yes these kinds of displays will only increase. But what about us? Are we prisoners of the culture who cannot do anything but float along with it? Or can we set our faces like a flint toward Christ and seek to humbly come under the totality of His Lordship?
Make no mistake, we live in Babylon. But make no mistake, our lives are in Christ. From which well will you draw your water? The situation is desperate. Are you?