Today, we will prepare as if this is Thanksgiving or Easter, because we don’t give gifts on those holidays, but we anticipate them for months! We invite friends over or go to someone else’s house to celebrate football, athleticism, team loyalty and excellence.
Our team did not make it to the Super Bowl this year, but my husband has family ties to fans of both the Ravens and the Forty-niners. He will feel both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat at the end of this game.
SSW Nation, today many of us will watch as our husbands worship. In their pseudo-church, temple, mosque; i.e, the family room. In their way – loud or quiet (it’s personal, right?). Today, so many people will come together as a culture, our husbands included, and worship…to the god of the pigskin.
Watch and see.
We will see feasting. My husband went grocery shopping WITH me (not a common occurrence) because he wants his Super Bowl menu to have all his favorite things.
We will see hands lifted in worship and adoration.
We will see cheering and let’s not forget Beyonce, our worship leader!
So much of our (pop) cultural identity will be on full display today, reverently directed at…a football.
Don’t get me wrong. I love football. I love my team. But watching an entire culture – the one I live in – direct its attention to the Super Bowl tells me something. I live in a culture of worshippers. And more specifically, it tells me that my husband, who does not share my faith, is capable of worship. Real worship. In truth.
This is not a rant or a criticism of our culture or our unbelieving husbands. Today, as I watch my husband worship, I will be grateful. Why?
Scripture says multiple times that God is looking for worshippers. I’ve got one of those! Right here in my living room today, God!
But God is looking for worshippers who will worship, not just in truth, like my husband and perhaps yours. He is looking for people who will worship in spirit and in truth. This makes me happy because it means my husband is half way there! He can worship in truth. I will witness it today as we watch the Super Bowl.
Oh Lord, let there be a day when I can see my husband worship You, in spirit and truth!
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23
What about you? What behavior do you find in your husband that allows you to continue to hope for his salvation?