From Jim O'Brien
January 05, 2018

Hi Friend,

Does America NEED the NFL?

When I was in high school I had a summer job working as an x-ray orderly in a hospital. The job consisted mostly of transporting patients back and forth from their room to the lab for x-rays and cobalt treatments. Sometimes it was a cancer patient; other times it was a broken bone. Almost always it was painful. The worst was a broken hip.

Hospitals serve people with needs. Some needs are obvious-release from pain and healing from disease. Sick people know they need something.

There's an interesting prophecy in the Book of Revelation. It is a description of a church that exists just preceding the return of Jesus. But the description really applies to the world in which the Laodiceans live. This church is a reflection of the mindset of the surrounding world. John writes, "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'-and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked-I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see." (Rev. 3 17-18)

Never in history has the world had such obvious wealth as it does today. America's poor have access to more wealth than kings of previous generations. Even Louis XV did not have a cell phone, central heat, computers or paved roads and a carriage that could travel seventy miles in one hour or an airplane that could cross the ocean in three hours.

Today the wealth of professional entertainers has become a microcosm of what's wrong with the world. They are overpaid, narcissistic, self-worshipping leeches on society. The average cost of a professional football game is about $100 per ticket. Who goes alone? A family of four that purchases food and drinks and maybe a jersey for one of the kids may spend upwards of $600 for the afternoon. If the U.S. economy took a nosedive, would that family spend the same amount on food and clothing-or choose a football game?

Do professional athletes and entertainers provide an essential need for Americans?

America needs a constitution. America needs laws that provide a foundation for civilization. America needs police. America needs a strong army. America needs farmers. Cities need a system to deliver fresh water, a sewage system, doctors and truck drivers to deliver essential products. But professional athletes and Hollywood entertainers are superfluous.

One sports star or Hollywood celebrity today possesses more wealth than an entire nation of past generations. They have so much wealth they think they have everything-they think they don't need anything! They flout civil laws and moral conventions. But they're blind! What they need is character!

Conversely, the one other thing the NFL needs is America. What America doesn't need is the NFL.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien