My question is what happens when they start advertising Heineken beer during the match?
Few days ago, I saw a documentary on YouTube that reported what happened when a Catholic church in the US held a Beyonce concert.
While one could argue back and forth regarding the appropriateness of that service, something more controversial is happening in several Ibadan churches tonight.
They will be holding special evening services where church members and guests will be watching the final match for this season’s UEFA Champions League between Liverpool Football Club of England and Spanish La Liga’s Real Madrid.
While several churches are doing this, two in Ibadan caught my attention. They are the Redeemed Christian Church of God and the New Covenant Church.
At RCCG Trinity Sanctuary, the Champions League service started in the morning with a prayer walk between 7am and 9am, probably to allow supporters of both clubs to pray for their team to emerge victorious later tonight.
Then later tonight, the UEFA Champions League Final would aired in the church premises from 7pm.
That’s not all.
Tomorrow, the church will be hosting a Jersey Sunday and members are expected to wear the jerseys of the club they service to church. The theme of the service is The Colorful God.
Similar events were announced by the leadership of the New Covenant Church Agodi GRA Ibadan. Their own event was organized by the Youth Church and features live broadcast of the match tonight and a Rep Your Club Sunday service which promises guests a special treat.
Their theme is Avoiding Relegation
Is this the new normal?
You can argue this back and forth although I see this as highly commendable since Nigerians will watch the match whether the church gets itself involved or not.
Furthermore, the churches getting involved would provide members who do not feel safe watching the match at viewing centers and beer parlors a safe zone to do so.
Likewise, individuals that cannot afford to pay much to watch soccer matches will find the church’s arrangement as a very good one.
I strongly believe that before the match, at half-time and post-match, there will worship sessions and alter calls. These would enable the church to reach more unsaved souls with the message of repentance.
Even if they choose to just rock out the evening, the church has nothing to lose by allowing its members and guests to be lose in the presence of God.
What do you think?