Thursday Night Football? What’s Next – 24hr Golf, Poker and Fly Fishing? Oops! Too Late!

Let your moderation be known unto all men.
Philippians 4:5, KJV

Ok – raise your hand if you’re going to watch every Thursday Night Game this season.  Remember when Monday Night Football was a REALLY Big thing? I mean, if your team was playing on Monday night, you thought you had almost won the Super Bowl. Only the really good teams played on Monday Night.  Then came along Sunday Night Football, and then Thursday Night football games, but ONLY towards the end of the season.

Now, it’s almost like we have football on demand. Maybe some may like a preponderance “red meat sports,” but I recall learning that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.  Now, the Monday Night game is still big, but when you’ve got big games on Sunday at 4:05 and Sunday Night games and NOW Thursday Night games  . . . I mean, when is enough football enough?  Throw in college football games on what seems like every night of the week and you’ve got a football junkies nirvana and your wife or girlfriend’s nightmare.

I can’t get excited or incited about Thursday night Football.  Yes tonight is the first game of the season and the defending champion Seattle Seahawks are playing the Green Bay Packers so it should be a good game, but there’s a certain falseness and fakeness about the NFL playing games on a Thursday. I just can’t get all keyed up or all “Kirked Out” over the over-availability of football. Am I making my point?

Even the press is jumping in on the sanity of it all.  The question being asked is “How much football is too much for TV?”  CBS’s Thursday Night Football is being called “An Ambitious Alliance With A Lot At Stake.”  For the TV industry, it’s a no-brainer. The most-watched show on television last season was NBC’s Sunday Night Football, drawing an average 21 million viewers each night.  But will another night of America’s favorite sport drown the football drunks?  We’ll see.

Spiritually speaking, you don’t go to your place of worship every night of the week for meetings and Bible Study and meetings and choir rehearsal and meetings and revivals and meetings and God knows what else just because the doors of the church are open.  At least you shouldn’t. Take it from me: going to church all of the time, night after night during the week (in addition to Sunday worship, mind you) just for the sake of going is not healthy or even Biblical.  There is such a thing as overdoing it.

In this life, God desires us to be moderate and temperate; balanced and unbiased; even keeled, steady and stable.  Without a balanced diet, we would be unhealthy; without a balanced education, we would be unlearned; and without a balanced sports life, we will become like prescription drug junkies – hooked on something that was meant to be good for us, but has now just become something keep us awake or put us to sleep.

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