24 April 2016

What is Your (My) God - Sports

Greetings Dear Reader,

I realize that sports is a subset of entertainment although the reason for the specific attention is that sports have become much more than entertainment.  I have a lifelong love affair with baseball.  I also realize that it would insult the beauty of baseball were I to make it a god.

We have, however, turned athletes into demi-gods.  We worship at the vast cathedrals we call stadiums.  Most of it is a subset of our worship of money.  We lift up our sports entertainers and monetize their talents.  We put important things on hold to watch a few hours of entertainment.

I have seen worship services moved so that people could get to the game on time.  We engage with sports at an emotional level that is often unhealthy.  We wager, eat, and drink to excess surrounding sports.  It is not sport that is the problem.  It is us.  Almost every vice we have gets played out surrounding professional sports. 

We lose perspective when we worship sports.  We allow people to be less than they should be just to win.  We put our team ahead of our family, friend, and faith.  We were not designed to worship in this way. 

There is nothing wrong with good competition, a cold beer, and some chili cheese fries (well perhaps the fries are always bad even though they are so good.).  The problem is the way in which we replace the Father with this form of entertainment.  The issue is worshiping something that is entertainment.

I believe that Andy Griffith gave us some good understanding of the foolishness of our obsession.  Give a listen to his comments and ponder the proper place of sports in our journey back to God.  They Called if Football – Andy Griffith

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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