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.