When the power went out at the beginning of the second half of Super Bowl XLVII, there were many issues that arose. While there was still some light shining, there was a critical lack of functionality. I couldn't help but see it as an allegory for the Church on the world stage. The world needs a fully functioning Church that is full of power, shining bright with passion, and able to connect with everyday life.
Stay in the moment and embrace the process
When the power went out, the players began to stretch and try to remain prepared to re-enter the game as soon as the opportunity came. During this time, one of the announcers made a statement that I have often been reminded of myself and taught others as well. He said, "Staying in the moment and embracing the process is so important."
Getting frustrated and angry will take you out of the game. Not staying loose and limber will limit you. Not living in the "now" will make you irrelevant. We must make the most of situations in life if we are going to succeed at what we are here to do.
Sometimes the best thing to do is to just do the best thing you can do right now.
We were created to be passionate about something
One of the biggest problems that resulted from the power loss was that the teams were not able to communicate. When you can't communicate, you can't win. For the Church to communicate with the world, we need more than reason and logic; we need to unleash hearts burning with the passion of Christ.
People want to be passionate about something, but we will never convince them to be passionate about something that we do not seem to be passionate about. People don't want what you have because they hear what you say, but because they feel your passion.
Don't just make noise--make an impact. Make a difference!
Current culture is the new counter-culture
The Super Bowl has become a primary stage for sales and marketing in the United States. More importantly, it is center stage for our current culture. While some of it opposes Biblical principles, the truth is that it basically reflects the realities of the culture we are surrounded with.
I've often heard it said that Jesus was counter-culture. Although I understand the reason behind that statement, I'm convinced that it is not completely true. Yes, He carried and promoted the culture of Heaven, a greater reality. Yet, He also subjected Himself to and worked from within current culture--even taking advantage of it.
Jesus met the masses where they were and related to them through what they were familiar with. He put Himself in the middle of the action and He took advantage of the opportunities surrounding Him. If we don't learn to take advantage of culture, we will become irrelevant to those who are caught up in it and affected by it. We were made to be on the field in the middle of the action.
Don't be an armchair quarterback with no skin in the game.