This was the opposite of all those “What were you doing when John Kennedy was shot?” or “Where were you when you found out about the Twin Towers?” questions. This is more like “What do you wish you would have been doing instead of dragging your formerly conscious brain through that culturally iconic snorefest now only dimly remembered as Super Bowl XLVIII (I think that’s ‘Super Bowl 48’—if anyone remembers or cares by now).
So here are a few lessons learned from this most Irrelevant National Exercise:
1) Did you notice (see above) how the Super Bowl sequential numerals are always displayed as a Roman numeral? Remember, this is America, where plenty of functional illiterates can’t even read Arabic numerals.
So why the Roman numerals? Well, if we realize that this is/was Super Bowl number 48, we might realize that there have already been 47 of these events, and maybe we don’t have to believe that this is the event of the millennium. We just might figure out that it’s just another Super Bowl (Did I just say that—“Just another Super Bowl”)? Almost sounds blasphemous.
2) The past is not always prologue. Those Orange Guys were supposed to come any play a professional football game. Instead, we got a football version of the Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Washington Generals. It should at least have been a game.
But it wasn’t. This is something that almost no one predicted.
Which brings me to:
3) Tonight’s debate: “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era?”between Bill Nye (he’s a Science Guy) and Ken Ham (he is, to hear the anti-Christians tell it, a trying-hard-look-like-a-Science-Guy-but-is-really-just-a-bible-thumping-Christian-Fundamentalist-Neanderthal guy).
But truly, if the past is not prologue, then I think we can confidently say that the prologue is not the past. And, isn’t that what evolutionary theory is all about? Doesn’t evolutionary theory depend on millions, even billions of years based on the maxim that the prologue really does interpret the past?
OK, I get it: That embarrassing shellacking that the Denver Broncos took from the Seattle Seahawks does not disprove the theory of goo-to-you-mega-million-year-old existence of the universe.
But it does show that you can’t always judge the present by the past any more than you can judge the past by the present.
Oh, and this just in: Bill Nye has already lost the debate.
Joel Saint pastor’s the Independence Reformed Bible Church, and is the Executive Director of the Mid Atlantic Reformation Society.