Monday, January 17, 2011
the gospel of st. hochuli
"religion is the opiate of the masses." ~vladimir lenin
"the beatles are bigger than jesus christ." ~john lennon
"i'll take the seahawks plus 10 1/2 against the bears." ~jesus christ
america is suffering a crisis of faith.
we have no faith in our nominal leaders. no agreement on what defines "american values." we have little job stability and an escalating prospect we might never be able to retire.
so at a time when we trust so little and yearn for so much, what's left to believe in?
are you ready for some football?!?
in a perfect marriage between america's true religion and its other religion, some churches are combining the two in a holy communion of divine home-teamerism.
and really, in today's america, it makes perfect sense--church attendance is down, football attendance is down. so, you know, why not try an ecumenical hail-mary? "go jesus! go seahawks!"
check out the big screens at eastlake community church in the 'burbs of seattle. that is one inspirational place to watch football, isn't it? you have to think jesus would totally dig exalting his favorite team amongst the flock in a holy place like that. of course, whichever team that might be, they'd have a pretty decisive home field advantage.
losing locker room: "we were in this game all the way, but when jesus is on the side of the other team, you really have no margin for error."
winning locker room: "we made some mistakes early, and let them hang around too long, but we knew jesus was on our side, and we'd pull it out in the end."
what if he could've watched the christians versus the lions or the bears or the heavily favored romans on an array of 3D big screens! it's not hard to imagine the profound effect on sunday services.
"please power your kindalls to the book of matthew ryan, where we read 'if god so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven against the phoenix cardinals, shall he not much more clothe you with air conditioning, o you of little faith?' the answer, after this message from budweiser, the official beer of the nfl. remember, what would jesus drink? budweiser, the king of beers!"
do you know how many fans can congregate at eastlake? i don't either, but from the looks of things, it's more than a couple dozen. which helps explain how they can afford that kind of video technology for spreading the good word and watching slo-mo instant replays.
the ecc website says they are a "...somewhat disorganized church started by nine friends in 2005." don't you wish your church-home theater was that disorganized?
while were at it, can't you just see dr. martin luther king standing beneath some huge plasma screens, leading the cheers for the the atlanta falcons? now that americans have so completely embraced his messages of peace, justice, nonviolence, and league-wide parity, he'd probably have nothing better to do than get all geared up in a "vick" jersey and say a few words about the parallels between the gospel and the road to the super bowl.
if you follow the money, and believe in brand loyalty, you can totally see where this is heading. churches with the best viewer experience and the most spiritually enlightened cheerleaders will have the best shot at the blue-chip parishioners. by definition, they'll have the highest percentage rate in passing the collection plate. and their canonical defense will make the red zone a place no one wants to go, if you follow the metaphysical metaphor.
all that's missing is the theme song...
i got to get ready, make everything right,
'cause all my rowdy friends are coming over tonight.
do you want a drink,
hey do you want to party.
hey honey this is ole hank
ready to get the thing started
we cooked the pig in the ground, got some beer on ice
and all my rowdy friends are coming over tonight
are you ready for some churchball?!