Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Christian Guide to Sports


 I grew up playing all kinds of sports.  I played baseball, soccer, football, and hockey when I was young, but mostly I focused on hockey.  I just loved it and could not get enough of it.  I made it to the Division I level and while many of my teammates burned out during college or right after, I did not.  I still love playing and have a blast every time I get on the ice. Because of hockey, I stayed out of jail, off of drugs, and did not become a teen dad.  I have had the opportunity travel all over the United States, spent a year in Canada, and got to go to Germany and Austria to play.  It led me to meet my wife, got me a free college education, and a good job after college.  I have a lot of reasons to be thankful for sports, especially hockey.  However, when looking back, I also see the damage it caused in my life.  It contributed to my getting lower grades; the money spent on hockey almost kept me from going to college; it kept me from just about every other experience you can think of; and it prevented me from building genuine friendships which still makes it hard for me to relate to people today.

I would venture to guess that most people just accept sports as good and acceptable because they are such a big part of our culture and to question that makes you weird.  Have you ever considered how sports fit into a Christian worldview and the principles of the Bible?  What about the impact that sports have on people and society?  Before reading on, think for a few minutes about the impact sports have had on your life and how you think God might view sports... To read the rest of the article, click the link below.
http://www.christianityforeveryone.org/jesus-sports