Sanctuaries and Super Bowl Parties

Super Bowl parties are great fun and have their place. But when they are ushered into the sanctuaries, good to ponder on Christ’ own take on those who thought of the House of Prayer as a marketplace.
“So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” (Jn 2:13-16)How dare we turn His Father’s House entertaining sports parties? According to an article in the Arkansas Democratic Gazette, “Churches reach out with Super Bowl”, churches are using their sanctuaries for the super bowl and holding, “carnivals and pig roasts”. If Jesus demanded that the doves be removed, wouldn’t he feel the same about pigs? One pastor is quoted to say, “There won’t be so much as a prayer at the Super Bowl Sunday event.” And another pastor comments, “We can offer a good event surrounding something the culture uses or we can just hold church and no one’s going to come.” How sad pastors feel they must host a sports event in order to get people in to their churches.
Sense of the sacred and secular and the difference there of have made no sense to some who think that they are one and the same. It has not deterred them from converting the sancturies, place of worship into temporary entertainment facilities. Why not render unto God what is God’s!