Sports and Christianity

I have mentioned this in previous blogs, but I really enjoy sports. I have zero athletic ability, but the skill, competition, and drama of baseball, basketball, and football draw me in like the tractor beam of the Death Star. In the meantime, I think there is something about sports that can help my fellow Christian dads/sports fans.

Some people will not like you and your ‘team.’

• You know how some people do not like teams that are always competing for something and never seem to go away? Some people see Christians in that manner. We are seemingly always there and we seemingly never go away. Meanwhile, some people will just choose to follow another team.

Some people will not like what you wear.

• Think of a school or team with colors and uniforms that make you laugh. It is like that with Christians. Sure, we may break out a suit on Sundays, but even then the cut and color of our clothing does not always fit in with the style du jour.

You will not always be picked. 

• The NCAA basketball tournament invites dozens of teams each March to play for the national championship. Some teams get picked over based on things such as their record and standing. Christians sometimes do not get invited to things based on where they stand, or what they have gone on the record as saying.

You will not win every battle.

• God never tells His children that things will be easy. Yes, His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30), but the sun rises on the evil and the good, and the rain falls on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). Meanwhile, we will suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). The only thing we are guaranteed is that His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).

You will sometimes win battles, even when the odds are against you.

• Gideon, David, and Daniel are among the people in the Bible that faced adversity. Their faith and obedience got them through some tough situations…even when the odds were stacked.

When you do win, it is still never enough.

• Many sporting events are played in seasons. Teams and individuals may take home trophies, titles, and awards, but they do not last forever. Jesus is forever. He does not take a break from us, and we do not take a break from Jesus. In addition to reading His word and following His commandments, watch some sporting events on occasion. Organize a men’s group to go see a sporting event. Whatever you do, root righteously and know that He is right there with you, win, lose or ‘bad choice of clothing.’

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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