seattle-seahawks-Luis-Antonio-Rodríguez-Ochoa-flickrMost American churchgoers would rather attend church than watch their favorite football team. But a few diehard fans are willing to miss out on worship to watch a game. About 1 in 7 churchgoers (15 percent) say they’d skip church in order to watch their favorite football team, according to a survey of 994 churchgoers from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Researchers found most of the faithful balk at skipping church for football. More than 8 in 10 (83 percent) disagree with the statement: “I would skip a weekly worship service in order to watch my favorite football team.” Many worshipers had particularly strong feelings—nearly 7 in 10 (68 percent) strongly disagree. “Most churchgoers put divine revelation ahead of division rivalries,” says Scott McConnell, vice-president of LifeWay Research. Some churchgoers, though, are more devoted to their team. Especially when the team is doing well. Two years ago, Daniel Espy, pastor of The Bridge Church in Snohomish, Washington, hosted a special 8 AM service in order to accommodate Seahawks fans, whose team had experienced a revival after years of struggling. More