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It’s not often that Christians make the front-page.

In the front of LA Time’s, February 3rd, 2007, paper reads the title, “No sanctuary for Super Bowl flock.” In the article, Stephanie Simon discusses the enforcement of federal copyright law by NFL officials, forbidding public venues -including churches- of showing the game on a screen larger than 55 inches. Also included in the very thorough article online was a 53 second news clip from Associated Press.

Earlier, on February 1st, 2007, FoxNews had a similar article titled, “NFL Thwarts Church’s Plan to Show Super Bowl.

The Los Angeles Times and FoxNews articles centered on the church the NFL actually notified, with the Los Angeles Times article expanding to churches around the nation. I suspected after reading this article, that most Christians would resolve to go home and watch the Super Bowl instead. What I was not expecting was this:

Church to Defy NFL,Show Super Bowl With Projector

I mean… let’s go over some verses shall we?

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgement. ”
– Romans 13:1-2

“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Lives as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”
– 1 Pe 2:13-17

I have been learning about the Revolutionary War in my History class, and I suspect that I would’ve been against war and probably have fled to Canada. Jesus clearly stated, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Could Christians have been justified for rebelling against the institution set in place by God for taxes?

Perhaps the Revolutionary War could be justified by a Christian. Maybe rebelling against taxes that supported the Anglican Church could be justified by a Christian. Rebelling against federal law so a Christan can watch the Super Bowl cannot.

Work Cited

Faragher, John. 4th Ed. Vol. 1. Out of Many: A History of the American People. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006

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