Program #234 “The Christian Philosophy of Sports” – 4/24/2016 – Synopsis
Sports has become a major part of our modern leisure society; and for many people, sports has become their religion. To help shed some light in the darkness, I have put together a short summation of the Biblical philosophy of sports. The two key texts in the New Testament are 1 Timothy 3:8 and 1 Corinthians 9:24-26. The basic principle is that sports are to be of lesser priority because they are of “little profit” and they result in a “perishable crown.” Sports, by their very nature, are make-believe play; and Christians, rather than following the delusions of the world, ought to discern between the real life and gaming. A basketball player can invest his whole life getting very good at putting a ball into a net, but let’s remember the challenge is arbitrary fiction. Christians are called to put our best efforts toward doing real things.
Since few have ever heard a message on this subject, I expect this program to surprise many listeners. Nevertheless, God’s words are true – even if our culture will not admit it.
Scriptures Referenced: 1 Corinthians 10:33; 1 Timothy 3:8; 1 Corinthians 9:24-26; 2 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:17; 1 Corinthians 13:11; Amos 5:21-24; Isaiah 58:6-7