Super Bowl Sunday, Service, and Community

By Kristen Johnson

It is Super Bowl Sunday and we can expect a lot of glitz and glam, cheering and shouting, parties, and gluttony. Perhaps it’s time to consider a little bit of service to the community while we’re shouting at the television.

Today’s sermon was primarily based on the verses below in Isaiah. The message was clear: we worship God when we serve. If we are serving for personal glory or “fasting” and practicing “righteousness” without regard to actually serving people in need, then God isn’t interested. God is interested when we feed the hungry, share with the needy, and seek to rid the world of injustice.

Serve all with love.

Isaiah 58: 1-12

Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God. “Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LordIs not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice,  to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator[a] shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you,  the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, 10 if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places,  and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. 12 Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

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2 thoughts on “Super Bowl Sunday, Service, and Community

  1. This bible text fits perfectly, but if you would stop using the satanic counterfeit translation, which I dare not consider God’s holy word, it would be so much more powerful! Satan has done a marvelous job causing God children to question His word. One of the main ways Satan deceives humanity today is through the thousands of translation. When it comes down to arguments over which translation is correct on various verses, which there are many that are so different that the “modern” translation have complete opposite meanings compared to God’s holy word the KJV bible. Solomon said that there is nothing new under the sun. I would rather follow the advice of the wise man solomon than to listen to all the lies about how the “modern” translations are 1. easier to read, 2. they use older manuscripts, 3. more accurate, even though the NEW updates NIV as 19 verses omitted from the new testament, when the older version only had 8 verses missing. Who would even consider reading a translation that has parts missing and hundreds of verses so changed that the true meanings are gone? Jesus promised us the Comforter John 14:26 & 16:13. He said that the Comforter will guide us into all truth, and Teach us all things. Our understanding has very little to do with what the Lord wants to reveal to us at any given moment. If we let the Holy Spirit guide us it matters not what language the bible is in as long as it is complete, He will teach us whatever it is He wants us to know.
    God bless your studies and your site.

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    1. Although I do disagree with you, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. I’m glad you thought the text fit perfectly! In the Methodist Church, we use the NSRV, as you likely know. In addition, I have often heard readings from “The Message” which the reader yesterday was translated directly from the Greek, which I found fascinating. Have you ever read any books by Reverend Adam Hamilton? One of his books talked a lot about where we get our translations and so forth…..fascinating stuff!

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