Super Bowl Sabbath

“And He shepherds His flock. We sing out and we praise His name. He supports us in war. He presides over football games.” – Eagles, “Fail Grasp on the Big Picture”

On February 4, 2018, the biggest sporting event of the year will kick off in Minneapolis, Minnesota as the New England Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52. A day that was once strictly observed as the Lord’s Day by our forefathers is now a time of excess, materialism, and merry-making. The violation of the Lord’s Sabbath is symbolic of our nation’s dramatic shift from piety, faith, and worship of the Lord Jesus Christ, to hedonism, selfishness, and the worship of materialistic idols. Chronic violation of the Sabbath Day has also become a means of social control by the powers-that-be – a day to distract the American People from the terrible spiritual, cultural, political, and economic reality they are helping to create through their indifference and apathy.

"Yeah. Can you believe they're planning on having church on Super Bowl Sunday?!"

Every honest observer will admit that the Lord’s Day has become a day of commandment-breaking, revelry, and indolence. A recent independent study suggests that as low a number as 17.7% of the population, or approximately 52 million people, attend a Christian church each week. Gallup polls show slightly higher numbers, yet paint a similarly dismal picture of American religious life. When asked by Gallup whether they attended a worship service in the past seven days, only 35% of poll takers in 2017 answered in the affirmative. In 2017, only 23% of individuals said they attend church “every week,” with an additional 11% stating they attend “almost every week,” 12% affirming attendance “about once a month,” 25% answering “seldom,” and 27% admitting they “never” attend.

When we consider that 51% of those polled stated that they attended church “every week” while growing up, the downward trend is at once apparent. Of those few who do attend church monthly, 49% admitted that “Social activities that allow you to get to know people in your community” were major factors in their attendance, as opposed to only 76% who count sermons that expound scriptural teachings as a major factor in their attendance. Finally, only 51% of Americans admitted that religion is “very important” in their life, down 8% since the year 2000.

By way of comparison, let’s now briefly highlight the number of people who virtually “attend” football games. Author Brian Tuohy has reported: “In 2006, some 222 million people tuned in to an NFL game. That’s nearly three out of every four people living in the U.S.” (Brian Tuohy, The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR, 242). In more recent years, the numbers have remained fairly constant, with “Seventy percent of people with a television [watching] at least part of one NFL game in 2014, which comes out to 205 million, a staggering number.” Thus, while 70% of Americans tune in to watch football on a given week, only 35% attend church. And while a bleak 51% of Americans hold religion as very important, three-fourths of Americans are routinely watching football.

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While alarming numbers of Americans are turning from Christianity to paganism, New Age/occult dogmas, and Wicca (the fastest growing religion in America and Britain), another pseudo religion has filled the spiritual void. I refer, of course, to sports. Sports have become America’s Sabbath religion. Instead of Catholics, Methodists, or Baptists, people consider themselves 49ers, Patriots, or Steelers fans. These people dutifully attend NFL, NBA, or MLB worship services each Sunday and listen to their favorite broadcaster-pastors pontificate on every detail of professional athletes’ lives, game-day match-ups, or league business.

It seems that most people are better acquainted with the ins and outs of their favorite sports teams, or the latest NFL controversy, than they are with the Holy Scriptures or the teachings of the Savior of the world. Even the front pages of otherwise reputable new sources are cluttered with stories about “the Big Game” or the latest doping dispute. Most people could tell you the star players of their favorite teams or rattle off lists of pointless statistics or score spreads, but how many could list the names of the Lord’s apostles in the New Testament or cite more than one or two of the books in the Old Testament? How many of these same people could tell you who the vice president and secretary of state are or what the president just said in his recent State of the Union address? And how many could coherently explain the crisis in the Middle East or detail why Russia and Red China are such grave threats? One thing is certain: These Sabbath sports worshippers are certainly not familiar with the fourth commandment given by the Lord anciently and reaffirmed by Him during His earthly ministry.

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The sad truth is that modern professional sports constitute a propaganda tool and an instrument of social control. From ESPN promoting gun control and championing the latest social justice trend, to the NFL facilitating anti-Americanism and disrespect for the flag, sports are an unhealthy spectacle designed by the elites to brainwash, distract, and control the population. Modern sports are the circuses used to appease the public in the same way the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome were used by the emperors to distract Romans from the corruption occurring all around them.  Or, in the words of Congressman Emanuel Celler, “Pro football provides the circus for the hordes” (Brian Tuohy, The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR, 7).

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While many people stubbornly refuse to believe in the well-documented and verifiable existence of conspiracies seeking to destroy our way of life and turn us into modern serfs in a global GULAG, one of the conspirators wrote a book explaining exactly how they deceive and warp the public’s perception of reality. In 1928, Edward Bernays wrote a classic book titled Propaganda. Bernays is usually considered the father of modern propaganda and we would do well to heed his words and understand the tactics used against us. Bernays openly wrote:

“Small groups of persons can, and do, make the rest of us think what they please about a given subject. . . .

“There are invisible rulers who control the destinies of millions. It is not generally realized to what extent the words and actions of our most influential public men are dictated by shrewd persons operating behind the scenes.

“Now, what is still more important, the extent to which our thoughts and habits are modified by authorities.

“In some departments of our daily life, in which we imagine ourselves free agents, we are ruled by dictators exercising great power. . . .

“The invisible government tends to be concentrated in the hands of the few because of the expense of manipulating the social machinery which controls the opinions and habits of the masses.” (Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 57,61-63.)

The NFL pulled in a whopping $14 Billion in 2017, while the MLB drew in $10 Billion, and the NBA hauled $6 Billion. This does not even factor in other sports ranging from hockey to golf to tennis to horse racing, which also pull in billions. And, of course, tens of billions change hands through gambling and advertising. In all, sports have become the 22nd largest global industry (Brian Tuohy, The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR, 8).

With tens of billions of dollars in play every year, and the influence such sums carry, is it conceivable that pro sports have escaped the manipulation of the “invisible rulers” spoken of by Bernays? If you have deluded yourself into thinking that professional sports are free of corruption, rigging, manipulation, double-dealing, and propagandizing, please wake up to reality.

"I hope Jesus returns as a football player, so you will spend time with Him on Sundays!"

The evidence is clear that the NFL is in bed with organized crime, particularly in the arena of illegal gambling. Because the two parties are guilty, neither is willing to alert the public or the authorities. In a 2014 article “How to Fix an NFL Game,” Brian Tuohy wrote:

“Illegal sports betting in the United States is a $100-$400 billion a year industry controlled by organized crime. The mob is not about to go running to the feds with allegations of questionable wagering on a potentially fixed game.”

From the days of mob boss Al Capone, professional sports and organized crime have been in cahoots behind the scenes. In an explosive 2012 article, “The NFL’s Dirty Secret,” Don Bauder presented evidence of this collusion. Among other things, Bauder wrote:

“Picture a couple cozily cohabitating for more than 90 years but publicly pretending they aren’t conjoined. That’s the National Football League and the gambling industry (both legal and illegal). . . .

“The National Football League’s feigned indignation about gambling is a joke. A conservative estimate is that $80 billion to $100 billion is wagered on NFL games each year, only a fraction legally. People place their bets through bookies, office pools, fantasy football, and the like. This gambling clearly boosts attendance and TV revenue, the mother’s milk of the sport. When you have money in a game, your interest is intensified. (Would you even bother to watch a horse race if you had no cash on a nag?)

“The National Football League’s actions belie its supposed contempt for gambling.”

Bauder provided evidence of mob families owning or funding numerous NFL teams, including the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and others. The incestuous relationship between sports, gambling, and the mob underground is truly remarkable. Yet, the average sports fan takes it all at face value and is hoodwinked by these elitists who want to keep us distracted by grown men playing games with a ball rather than aware of their duplicitous dealings in real life.

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Even worse than the propagandizing, gambling, and rigging that sports viewers are made to endure, more heinous crimes are perpetrated under cover of the positive publicity paid for by the leagues. In particular, I want to highlight the human trafficking and prostitution that have become part and parcel of Super Bowl Sunday.

While you see many articles speaking of the “myth” of human trafficking during the Super Bowl, the fact is that sex slavery has never been more widespread at any time in the earth’s history than it is today. We like to think that we are an advanced, civilized, and enlightened world – one in which slavery is but a blight of the past. Unfortunately, such wishful thinking does not harmonize with reality and puts society in danger. In truth, there are more slaves today than ever before. No, this slavery is not institutionalized or legal, but it nonetheless exists. It exists because predators exist and because evil is real, organized, and prevalent.

Many of these unfortunate victims are trafficked abroad and sold to foreign elites as an exotic commodity. And foreign slaves find their way into the United States as well. Some of the victims of international and domestic trafficking are used in Satanic rituals, though the majority are forced into prostitution. While the scant numbers do not indicate a dramatic rise in trafficking and prostitution during the Super Bowl, there is a rise. But more importantly, as one former “sex-trafficked girl” described it, the Super Bowl is “just another weekend for the hundreds of thousands of sex-trafficking victims in the United States.”

Nita Belles, director of an organization designed to fight human trafficking, also discounted some of the more hyped reports about a dramatic rise in trafficking during the Super Bowl, but verified that “it is here already and it does increase during Super Bowl.” She added that online ads for prostitution rise anywhere from 30-300% preceding the Big Game. A 2017 report from the wonderful anti-pornography group Fight the New Drug confirms the sex-trafficking/prostitution problem during Super Bowl weekend. Still another article highlights the large number of arrests made during the Super Bowl season last year.

Logic dictates that whenever large groups of people congregate, and large amounts of money change hands, sex will be bought and sold. Why would anyone think Super Bowl Sunday would be an exception? Because it is the biggest day of the year in sports – a day in which billions of dollars change hands and tens of millions of people join in revelries around the globe – it is only logical that sex-trafficking is a major focus for the criminal underworld. For these corrupt people, the lure of greater profits is too much to resist, and many innocent people are consequently victimized and destroyed.

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In the end, even if sports leagues were not thoroughly corrupt, in bed with organized crime, and facilitators of prostitution, gambling, alcohol abuse, and other criminal and destructive behaviors, the mere fact that most of this occurs on the Sabbath Day is reason enough to avoid them. And while this system exploits its users, it simultaneously distracts them from the exploitation that is harming them. Rid your life of this pernicious influence. Stop supporting corruption with your time, attention, and dollars. Stop wasting your life on sports while reality passes you by. Stop worshipping at the altar of the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

Instead of desecrating this holiest of days with sports, go to church with your family on the Lord’s Day. Humble yourself and realize that the fourth commandment – to keep the Sabbath day holy – is of paramount importance in your individual life, and in the life of our nation. Much of ancient Israel’s condemnation – including a chief reason she was scattered – was a result of not honoring and keeping the Sabbath day, but polluting it (Ezekiel 20:19-24). By contrast, the Lord has promised that our land will produce an abundance of crops, that we will be spared the ravages of war, and that He will be among us and will be our God if we simply keep His holy day (Leviticus 26:2-12). The Sabbath Day was designed as a “perpetual covenant” between God and His people (Exodus 31:16). Obedience to that sacred covenant brings blessings upon individuals, families, and nations, whereas disobedience brings individual sorrow, family disharmony, and national calamity. Is a game – even the Big Game – worth the price?

Zack Strong

February 3, 2018.

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