Issue No 164
Magazine for the Irfon and Wye Valley Churches July and August 2014
Summer of Sport As many of you know I am a sports fanatic, in my younger days taking part, now as a spectator. What a summer 2014 has been for sports fans. In July and August alone, we have the British Grand Prix at Silverstone; Cycling: Tour de France; Cricket: England v India, Test Series; Football: World Cup; Golf: The Open, Royal Liverpool; Commonwealth Games, Glasgow; Athletics: European Championships, Zurich; Rugby League: Challenge Cup final, Wembley. These just being the major events. I can assure that my wife Ann is not a “happy bunny”, I probably haven’t help by saying, “well look on the bright side even synchronised swimming is better than ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Now the Bible doesn’t specifically address participation in sporting events. As Christians, we have to work (and play) daily with those who do not share our faith or believe in a Divine Being. But Christians whatever part (or position) they play in life, are to be required to be witnesses for Christ (1 Peter 3:15). We are to be examples of Christ for all to see (Matthew 5:14-16). We should take every opportunity to show others just what Christianity is all about. We should always keep our conduct above reproach. Some professional sports heroes today are a far cry from being positive role models, but there are many sports men and women who are wonderful
by Fr Philip Morris
examples for us all. If a Christian athlete is really praying and seeking a way to share Christ with others, God will provide ample opportunities. For a Christian whatever you do, whatever sport you play; we should do it for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). The only caution to be given to a believer who is playing sports—or is a fan of sports—is to not allow sports to become an idol (1 John 5:21). Never allow sports to become more important to you than your relationship with God. It is fine to be interested in sports, to be knowledgeable about sports, to be a fan of a certain team. The problem is that there are far too many people who can name all of the World Cup teams or the Welsh Rugby Team, but cannot name the books of the New Testament. Far too many people who will spend hours playing and/or watching sports each day, but do not spend more than a few minutes a day praying or reading the Bible. Clearly, this is not pleasing to God. Our priorities in life should be ordered in such a way that they honour and glorify Him. There are a number of sports bible verses that tell us about how to be good athletes, and the Christian traits that sport can instill in each of us. (Continued on page 4) View online (wherever you are) using this QR code. Current and previous issues are available.
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