The Ten Commandments by Kevin DeYoung, Free for CAPC Members
If we want to truly love God and love others, the Ten Commandments are good first words for guiding us into a life that does just that.
Each week in The Holy Huddle, Doug Hankins takes a look at the goings on of the sports world from a distinctly Christian perspective.
Quick. Name the connection between LeBron James and Tiger Woods. Here’s what I came up with:
Yes, those facts are true. But consider this fact as well:
Sports hatred is deeply embedded in the American sports culture—as American as apple pie. So what happens when Christians are deep within the culture of American fanhood? Is it okay for Gospel-bearers to participate in a culture of sports hatred? Should Christians hate LeBron and Tiger, the Yankees, Duke, or The Lakers? The Holy Huddle answers no and wants to suggest a way for Christians to operate in the midst of a hateful sports culture.
Sports Hatred Is Deeply Embedded in American Culture
Why is this sports hatred acceptable in America? I want to suggest a few reasons:
So What Should Christians Do?
Should Christians abandon the sports world as a lost culture unto the Gospel? I think not. Instead, Christian sports enthusiasts might want to adopt a simple discipline:
Root for teams, not against them.
If you are a Christian who is a fan of the Boston Celtics, as I am, it would be good to adopt the posture of rooting for the Celtics. However, keep in mind that it does not make you more of a Boston fan to root against the Heat. It just makes you look like a jerk.
In talking about the trajectory of the Gospel, the apostle Paul says this:
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Don’t be a jerk. Root for teams, not against teams. And in so doing you will demonstrate the Gospel of graciousness in the fallen sports culture.
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