Today, Novemeber 24, 2011, the people of the United States celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that ultimately remembers the Pilgrims and early foundings of the colonies that eventually became the United States. Those of us who are Christians add our own desire to thank God for all the things that He has done through Christ, is continuing to do for us, and will do one day when He returns. Seeing that the Pilgrims were Christians we identify with them when others in our culture do not.
However, the mainstay of the holiday in America has come to be family, food, and football. I do not view those as evils in and of themselves. They all have a special place in our hearts. Outside of our relationship to God, there is nothing more significant that our relationship to our families. Of course, I have always had a special relationship to food! There has never been a pumpkin pie I did not like. I could talk about my family with great emotion and remember the family feasts in very positive terms. But here I want to talk about football, not as a man who loves football, but in a way that shows the connection of football and family. Read the rest of this entry »