I hope all of you are enjoying the Holiday Season-however you celebrate it.
If you watch NFL football, you see the opening of the football game with the salute to our troops currently serving overseas; or some token appreciation to some local hero back home from the Afghan front. Then we see uniformed troops roll out a big-assed flag while the National Anthem is sung (sometimes butchered by some performers). Then we go into the game where we see players who make a touchdown make some appreciatory gesture to God (which supposed evolved from Pagan rituals). You’ll see the “John 3:16” placards dotting the venue (in view of cameras). You’ll also have such “contenders for the faith” such as the late Reggie White and the recent Tim Tebow.
In the Good Ol’ US of A, we have this thing of combining God, guns and gridiron. And if you watch the Super Bowl, it’s even more prevalent. Many out there may say that it’s just the “American Way of Life,” and they’re all part of “American culture.” However, I find it alarming that these three are becoming an “Unholy Trinity” that many Americans-even well meaning Christians-are accepting into their collective consciousness. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with each individually: I do believe in the Divine; I enjoy a good football game; and I was an ROTC cadet in college with loved ones who served in the Armed Forces.
However when you have the following: a fundagelical X-tianity here in America that promotes a God that supposedly champions X-tians’ hatred and intolerance; a military that’s spread out over most of the planet, operating with a budget that could cure a whole lot of ills here at home; and last, an NFL franchise that encourages men to act like overgrown boyish bullies cheered on by hypersexy cheerleaders you have a combination that could spell trouble. This combination is fueled by the American drive to win at all costs, violence as a means of engagement, a hatred of the “other”, and greed for more than one’s fair share of wealth. In fact, we may come to a day when each of these three components of the Unholy Trinity will mirror each other such that we may not be able to tell them apart.
Before We The People end up being subsumed and consumed by this Trinity, we need to wake up and smell the violence, greed, intolerance, and other ills. We first need to have the Church go back to the simple teachings of Jesus the Christ and the justice-preaching Old Testament prophets. We need to push for peace-even if it means starving the Pentagon via our taxes and votes; and its “sweetheart” contractors by dumping their stock and boycotting their wares. And last, to realize all the NFL is-despite its recent “good deeds” you see advertised-is just a money-making franchise that at the end destroys the health of its players and robs cities of much needed revenue.
We need to explore other options that reflect the Divine, and honor each of every one of us. We can do it if we take the time to.
“The Unholy Trinity”-that’s my thoughts. What do you think?