This Sunday is the Super Bowl, as if I need to remind you! Maybe you’re planning on watching the game for the game, or maybe for the commercials, but either way, I thought I’d share with you some alarming statistics:
Last year, people consumed during the Super Bowl. . .1.3 billion chicken wings, 11.2 million pounds of chips, and 14 million slices of pizza (from Domino’s and Pizza Hut alone). That’s a lot of food. While 45 million Americans depended on food stamps.
The current going rate for a suite at the Super Bowl is $325,000. The average cost of a new home is $193,000.
The average price of a re-sale ticket for the Super Bowl is $5,101. The average weekly salary in the United States is $849.
The average cost of a 30-second ad is . . . $5 million dollars. The estimated total ad revenue for the Super Bowl is $385 million dollars. The cost of a 30 second Super Bowl could educate 53,000 kids in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Have I spoiled your good time?
Look, I don’t mean to be a Debby-Downer, but where we place our money says a lot about what our values are. Or as Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”
You know that our vision at Faith Des Peres is to challenge the present to change the future to make Christ known, and one way we’re doing that this Sunday is by packing 50 kits to distribute to people who are homeless in downtown St. Louis. When the Membership Expansion Center first discussed this idea, there were a couple of concerns about doing it on Super Bowl Sunday knowing that some people watch the big game. But then we thought, what better day to do it than Super Bowl Sunday, when the discrepancy between the haves and the have-nots is so apparent? Plus, we’ll be done long before the game starts.
So if you want to put your faith into action, come on Sunday. We need your help. If you've signed-up to donate something for the kits, don't forget to bring it Sunday!
You can also bring in food for Feeding the Flock which is this Sunday. Like, a lot of food. A SUPER amount of food. Because not everyone can afford to consume wings, chips, and pizza by the millions, but all of us can donate food and, in our own small way, make Christ known.
See you Sunday.