THE WATCHMAN: Is the NFL robbing our family time?
Isaiah 62:6 ~ I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence…
I made an observation of the recent upheaval in the NFL with respect to standing or taking a knee when the American Flag and the National Anthem are honored before each game. The Holy Spirit gave me a much deeper revelation with respect to the term America’s Team. This has spilled out into so many different areas, I felt it was important to shed light on another aspect of this term that I doubt many people have noticed the effect on the American family of the NFL schedules.
There has arisen an outcry from many in our great nation over the standing or kneeling controversy. In fact, it has even brought division between family members. Some choose to watch the games while others won’t watch at all. The affront is legitimate. We all want to show the utmost respect and honor to the Veterans that have served and are serving in the military. So many have paid the ultimate price over the decades, with life and limb. I wholeheartedly agree the honor is much needed in one of the largest venues in America…sports.
Personally, I believe the NFL, owners, and players’ union have it all wrong. However, I would like to challenge the reader in a deeper issue here. That would be whether the NFL is robbing America of valuable family time? In other words, I think there are games aired on almost every evening of the week and several on Sunday. I would ask what the wife and children are doing during the several hours their husbands are involved watching football?
Before I start on how the NFL robs from the family, I want to share what one lady shared with me. I told her that I would not use her name. In speaking with many ladies, I hear stories about how so many wives hate when football season starts. Many feel they lose their husbands during that time, as he is so disconnected from family issues. In fact, some have said, “I will get my husband back after football season.”
A CERTAIN LADY SHARED IN HER OWN WORDS… I FEEL FOOTBALL GAMES ON THANKSGIVING DAY TAKES AWAY FROM THE FAMILY AND THE MEANING OF THE HOLIDAY. I BELIEVE WE NEED TO REFOCUS, SO THAT WE CAN TRULY REMEMBER OUR ROOTS AND BE THANKFUL TO GOD FOR OUR FAMILIES AND ALL THAT HE HAS DONE FOR US. WE MAY BE WATCHING A FOOTBALL GAME TOGETHER AS A FAMILY, BUT I HEAR HAPPY AND ANGRY SHOUTS WHEN THE GAME GOES THE WAY WE WANTED OR THE WAY WE DON’T WANT IT TO GO. OUR FOCUS IS IN THE GAME INSTEAD OF ON THE MEANING OF THANKSGIVING. IT WAS A SPECIAL DAY SET ASIDE TO GIVE THANKS AND WE HAVE GOTTEN SO FAR AWAY FROM THAT.
What I have noticed is the disappointment of many mothers on such an important day. Many spend hours preparing a wonderful meal only to have to work around the afternoon football game, so that it doesn’t disrupt the game. How disappointing. What lesson are we sharing with the children? Is football more important than God or the Thanksgiving Day? There are some that stay out of church on Sunday to be sure they don’t miss the first game.
When I was working for a very large corporation I would see individuals gamble away their entire pay check on a football game. I wondered how they would provide for their family if they lost the bet.
On the other hand, I believe that those who are protesting need to really examine their own attitudes and opinions and determine if their issues would not be better served with the leaders in various communities to resolve some of their issues. The results are numbing. We have shown loss of family time and loss of productivity in the work place because a team wins or loses.
Is the issue really equality when the NFL player averages $2.44 million dollars a year? Many American families are just trying to scrape by to make a living. What does equality mean for veteran families that will never see a loved one again or must watch the results of war on a family member?
I will not watch another NFL game or any sports that will tolerate players kneeling when the National Anthem is being played. I am a veteran who has been overseas and my brother in-law who has Agent Orange due to the Vietnam war.
What about EQUALITY for the ones who are getting killed on the streets in Chicago every weekend? How about the millions that are out of work and veterans that are homeless, living on the streets or in their cars? I would like to see the athletes from all sports put their monies and talents to better use and help solve these issues within the inner cities.
In my own opinion, a final word to those who defend the NFL players, players’ union, and sports announcers the right for the NFL players to kneel during the national anthem…You are guilty of spitting in every veteran’s face who has served this nation. Put your big boy pants on and stop whining. Be glad you are living in a nation that allows you to make such money and gives you the appreciation of so many Americans for a game well played.
This could shake things up a bit… Everyone who goes to the NFL game, could purchase a parking ticket and not enter the stadium for the game. Listen to it in their car or tailgate. I do believe that would get the attention of the owners, the NFL, and all sponsors.
James Teuton graduated from Christ for the Nations Bible College in Dallas, TX and has two published works, “Am I A Priest/Servant…Leader?” and “Unmasking the Deception of Dysfunction.” Visit my website: www.unmaskingthedeceptionofdysfunction.com