The Superbowl is coming to Indy, and every Hoosier wants to get involved (even though our beloved Colts aren’t playing—no comment, please. 🙂 More than six months ago, our church in Fishers, Indiana (a suburb of Indianapolis) tried to find out how we could serve, but no more volunteers were being accepted by the Superbowl committee—I think they already had 13,000 signed up. (Can you imagine turning away volunteers? It reminds me of that scripture passage where the Israelite leaders had to tell people to quit bringing gifts because they had too much.) And no wonder they are having such an overwhelming response. This nationwide event is an exciting thing to be a part of! I mean, even when I didn’t know what a first down was, I was hosting Superbowl parties in my home. For one day a year, we all come together to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.
The cool thing is that volunteers are not just standing on the side of the road with a big blue hand pointing the way to the stadium. They are taking advantage of the hype to make positive changes in the city and around the nation—from environmental initiatives, to supporting tissue banks to promote the cure for cancer, to renovating youth centers, to encouraging student achievement, to enhancing the arts, to delivering gifts to hospitalized children—and so much more.
Sadly, folks with good intentions are not the only ones taking advantage of the hype. The attorney general recently warned law enforcement officers of the darker side of this world-wide event:
“Greg Zoeller says there will be an increase in demand for the illegal commercial sex trade in connection with the Super Bowl and, he says, we ought to expect that some of sex workers who come here are the victims of human trafficking.”*
Officers and taxi-drivers and volunteers are being trained to identify trafficking victims and to know how to respond. Anti-trafficking organizations are praying fervently and ramping up accessibility to shelters for sex workers trying to escape from their en-slavers.
I’m thankful our leaders and grassroot organizations are dealing with this issue head on, but it’s dreadful to think we even have to. How could people be so evil that they would abuse other human beings in such profound and humiliating ways? It’s hard to comprehend.
I wonder, sometimes, how God bears it. When he looks down at his inheritance, his beloved children, and sees the wickedness that has overcome us, how is it possible that he doesn’t avert his eyes, doesn’t abandon us altogether? Oh, how I praise him for his mercy and his faithful love!
Someday the Lord will return, and that world-wide event that brings all people together on bended knee will not be tainted by ugly deeds. On that day, goodness will be released to its full degree and beauty will be our only concern. Come soon, Lord Jesus!Leave a Comment