Today is a Football Game for Alabama – What are you teaching the children?

I dislike football, actually to be honest, I hate it.  Why?  Because I’ve lived in Alabama all my life and all you ever hear about is Alabama and Auburn football.  Half the state is either red and white or orange and blue.  Nothing can be accomplished when a football game is expected, playing or even finished.

Today we are expected to have snow and possible serious driving problems.  Most of the schools have let out for the next two days due to the weather.  But because of a football game due to be played on TV tonight a local weatherman has even received threats if he breaks in during the game with a weather up date.   People are sick and depraved in Alabama!

But what are they teaching their children?

Small children usually learn to love what Mom and Dad love. Show me a ten year-old who loves the Texas Longhorns, and I’ll show you a parent who had him in front of the TV (or on the fifty yard line in Austin) when he was smaller. Moreover, show me a parent who views daily family worship as drudgery and I’ll show you a kid who probably thinks the same. This is not to say we have to be fake, or that we have to make our family worship artificially “exciting” in order to appease our kids. It is, however, to say that we must buy in to this. We need to have a passion for the God of the gospel and a desire to honor him in our homes. 

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Voddie Baucham

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2 thoughts on “Today is a Football Game for Alabama – What are you teaching the children?

  1. While the rest of us, including me, were taking it a little slower over Christmas break, you went into highgear, BW! New look on your blog–which I absolutely love–a very indepth series on divorce, and seemingly posting more and more, (did you ever sleep?) not less. Please tell me how you pull that off with a family, Christmas, and all of your responsibilities inside and outside your home (animals and all)–it’s nothing short of amazing. So, after being “away” in a sense from blogging in order to spend time with my family while my husband was home for a couple of weeks, I am returning little by little. Sorry to hear that your weather has been causing issues. The cold and snow up here has turned me into a hermit, but a joyful one! I can get quite a bit more done when I literally stay home all the time–whether it’s a self-imposed seclusion or otherwise.
    As for football, I, too, do not like having to plan events and schedules around important games (is there any other kind?), but I don’t hate the game. I am wary of it. I know its power to seduce and ensnare. It is a drug. It gives you a high, but one that doesn’t last long. And when you crash, the withdrawal is difficult indeed. I actually have some first-hand experience in this area, having grown up in a football-watching (worshiping) family–Go Vikings!–so this year is enticing even the non-worshipers to bow down.
    Well, again, I really love your new blog look and it’s good to “see” you again!
    Wendy

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Wendy,

    Oh, believe me I didn’t do all this over the holidays. 🙂 The .net site has been up and running for a long time, I changed the template back in the fall. Although Blogger was the more active site, I’m just going to phase out adding to the blogger site due to the spam; once this site works better, I’ll turn off commenting on the blogger site. I just see no point in my wasting my time moderating and deleting trash when WP has a spam feature and more settings for comments. I can moderate new comments but regular commenter’s are not moderated.

    Now the divorce series is because of an urgent need. We have friends, from a previous church, which we were told were divorcing after the holidays. So I was just sharing my research as I found it. So the Biblical view of divorce encompassed my thoughts between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 🙁

    We got our snow yesterday, but the temperature rose to 35 degrees and melted most of it. But now we are sitting at 15 degrees, at 10:00 AM, with slightly icy roads and very little snow.

    Concerning Football:

    “I know its power to seduce and ensnare. It is a drug. It gives you a high, but one that doesn’t last long. And when you crash, the withdrawal is difficult indeed.”

    Very good analogy. Here in Alabama that is especially true with the highs and lows.

    Berean Wife

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