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Should Christians Watch Sports

Over 70 people were recently killed in a riot at a soccer game in Egypt. A man was killed during an argument at a Super Bowl party. Jesus said, "By their fruits you will know them."
Are spectator sports and accompanying parties something Christians should attend?

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"For God did not appoint us to wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ" = ABSOLUTE TRUTH

"and the others were appointed to wrath" = SPECULATION

Why? Because you will never find it written in scripture.

Please do find me some scripture that says God has kept any man from having faith in Jesus Christ. I'll be right here when you dig some up.
---JackB on 2/18/12


Michael, I answered you already and you did not like my answer as always. Everyday you still whin. I cannot stop you, Jack, Kathr, and a few others from complaining and stalking me. It's in your heart to do that no matter what Truth is lost. I never said Jack was a liar. You just did. I don't wake up like you, I pray for people like you. Either my prayers are not been heard, are God has appointed you to be that way, I'm only doing my part by praying. Maybe the god of this world who you speak of has you blinded. Who knows but the God of heaven and earth.
---Mark_V. on 2/19/12


//Michael, at no time do I wake up like you, to put down anyone.//
//Jack B, you speak alot of religious talk, like someone I know. And no truth in what you said,//
Mark, are you implying Jack is a liar? Quite a correction.
//Yet you still did not answer my question. Why avoid answering? If you are so sound in your believes and so smart as you might think you are, the answer should be simple for you.//
Can you show me where I said I wanted satan to be god of this world, as 2 Cor 4, says he is?
---michael_e on 2/18/12


Michael, at no time do I wake up like you, to put down anyone---MarkV

There you go again...
---JackB on 2/18/12


\\Yes, by their fruits you all will know them. Undisciplined animals will do what undisciplined animals do: and Christians will do what Christians will do.
---Eloy on 2/17/12\\

And then there's Eloy, who does what Eloy does, which is quite different from what Christians do.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/18/12




Michael, at no time do I wake up like you, to put down anyone. I wake up at about 1am now to pray first for others who need prayer, and for people like you for God to bring truth to. If He doesn't want to reveal something to you, it might be revealed to someone whom God has ready to hear. Then I study what answers I will respond to, but make sure I have it right. I'm not perfect, so sometimes I do hurry and make mistakes, but my desire is to correct those who I believe have it wrong, for God calls us to correct other brothers and sisters. If they don't like to be corrected that is not my fault. They get resentful like you. I give the Truth as written. I don't condemn everyone as one person does here. By their own words they condemn themselves.
---Mark_V. on 2/18/12


Markv I would really, really like for you to tell the truth.

Can you show me where I ever said I WANTED satan to be the god of this world??

Is there anyone on here you haven't tried to put down?
---michael_e on 2/17/12


Michael, you just don't like the truth, that is what really bothers you, for someone to tell you the Truth. That's ok. I know many don't. If your desire was for God you would wake up joyful of what you can do for him, instead you wake up for the father of sin, to do the desires of him. The prince of the power of the air. He gets more attention from you and a few others each day. I give you the Word of God, many times even explain it, the meaning of many passages and you not only disagree as many do, but hate that, Yes, you hate I tell you the Truth. There is only One Almighty God, and He Rules heaven and this earth. Satan is but a creature who serves God's ultimate purpose.
---Mark_V. on 2/17/12


Yes, by their fruits you all will know them. Undisciplined animals will do what undisciplined animals do: and Christians will do what Christians will do.
---Eloy on 2/17/12


//But you don't care about that, you care more about what you can say about me.//

Mark, you apparently don't read the put downs that you write. Is there anyone on here you haven't tried to put down?
---michael_e on 2/17/12




Jack B, you speak alot of religious talk, like someone I know. And no truth in what you said,

"What you fail to examine is that Jesus Christ came looking for faith. He didn't hand it out like candy to those He liked better"

Now that is the most rediculous statement anyone has made. Not found in Scripture. He came to die for the sins of many by fulfilling the law for all those who believe by faith.
Jesus did not like the hypocrites as you imply, if He did, God could have willed they have salvation. But He didn't. He left them in the state they were in. In fact "For God did not appoint us to wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ" and the others were appointed to wrath.
---Mark_V. on 2/17/12


Michael, you as well as some others wake up with sin in your heart. If your desire was for the glory of God you would do anything possible to learn the true meanings of every passage. Instead you wake up with a desire to discredit me and the Truth I put down. You must go to sleep with sin in your heart and wake up with it.
Every passage has only one meaning God wants to convey to the believer, it might have many applications but one meaning only. If a person is born of the Spirit his desire will be for God's Truth. Your insistance that every passage is literal, is completely wrong. But you don't care about that, you care more about what you can say about me. It only proofs the emnity you have with God, and not appointed to salvation.
---Mark_V. on 2/17/12


\\To the original poster Cluny,...\\

You're missing my point.

I will explain it to you and others here.

Someone earlier asked if Christians should observe Valentines Day (properly St. Valentine's Day)--a rather inconsequential thing.

I asked about something equally inconsequential to show the intrinsic folly of the original question, as well as "Should Christians observe such and such". See my earlier blog about whether Christians should participate in Black Friday sales.

Nobody got it then, either.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/16/12


Mark, you are quite welcome
//manipulating the Word of God throughout the world//
From someone who doesn't believe God means what He says.
You should read what you say.
//Kathr, you do not understand spiritual blindness//
//Jack B, you don't understand Scripture//
//Rhonda, just because you believe something so hard is wrong, you do not have to make things up to get your point across//
//Tommy, you have been here a short time and already you are condemning other Christians for sinning.//
This probably makes God very proud.
---michael_e on 2/16/12


Michael, thank you for acting out who you are by manipulating the Word of God throughout the world. I'm sure God is very proud of you today for the efforts you made concerning His Word.
---Mark_V. on 2/16/12


When you imply Jesus talked to Jews only and the words He spoke do not pertain to anyone of us, you might as well throw all the gospels out for none of them are for us.---MarkV

That is your opinion. Not everyone holds that opinion.

What you fail to examine is that Jesus Christ came looking for faith. He didn't hand it out like candy to those He liked better. Everyone who believed in who He was received the Spirit after his ascension - not before. THAT is scriptural.

He takes your mustard seed of faith and increases it by his own!


---JackB on 2/16/12


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//I quoted you Scripture and you still do not believe and reject it, as you do every passage//

//I know the passage does not mean what is written. Or what it seems to imply.//

Makes a lot of sense
---michael_e on 2/16/12


Jack B, I quoted you Scripture and you still do not believe and reject it, as you do every passage I have given you before. (Romans 9:30) from the NKJV.
The KJV says,
"What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith" When you imply Jesus talked to Jews only and the words He spoke do not pertain to anyone of us, you might as well throw all the gospels out for none of them are for us. Why should we care what He said to them if they are not for us too. His words to us would be meaningless since He witnessed to Jews while here.
---Mark_V. on 2/16/12


Neither the KJV or NIV word that scripture in such a way, MarkV, and Im not about to get into a "my version is the ONLY version" argument with you.

If your beliefs stem from only what the Geneva Bible says along with its footnotes telling you what else to believe, then you will likely always disagree with others who read from different translations.

I used to be a KJV only person myself so dont think Im judging you.
---JackB on 2/15/12


//Jack B, That is in reference to the Jews! They are blinded for a reason.//
Absolutely, your study is correct. Some take God at His word, others think God says one thing but means something else.
---michael_e on 2/15/12


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Jack B, you don't understand Scripture implying God only blinds the Jews. Of course He was speaking to Jews. When Jesus said, you must be born again, He was speaking to Jews. You imply that others don't have to be born again because He was speaking to Jews. Nonesense. Listen, concerning Gentiles,
"What shall we say then? That Gentiles, "who did not pursue righteousness" have attained to righteousness, "even the righteousness of faith"
Do you understand that? Gentiles did not pursue righteousness. They too were blind. Yet they attained the righteousness of faith. Do you understand that?
Please don't imply that satan from his evil throne controls Almighty God. Don't go to the other side.
---Mark_V. on 2/15/12


To stay on topic, I will answer the original question.

The entire World is together. There is no reason you should or should not attend a game just because something happened that was negative at it.

According to the bible, which is very suspect, God has planned everything. This means it doesn't matter where you go or what you do, the end result will be what it is going to be. Just make a conscious choice of what you think feels right. In the end, that is all there is.
---Jason_Varner on 2/15/12


//Christ died for "atheist" the same as He died for you and me.
---JackB on 2/15/12//
Amen
---michael_e on 2/15/12


For (John 12:40) shows us who really blinds the lost.
"He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them"
---Mark_V. on 2/14/12


That is in reference to the Jews! They are blinded for a reason. They sought righteousness by the law and not by faith! It is perfectly explained in Romans. That is why God blinded them to Christ. Give the man a chance MarkV and stop poisoning him!

Christ died for "atheist" the same as He died for you and me.
---JackB on 2/15/12


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To the original poster Cluny,

Pastors rip off churches all the time by abusing money given to the Lord. That is one of the worst evils a man can do.

Does that mean we should stop going to church too?

.
---CraigA on 2/15/12


\\Rhonda, Define "world" and tell us how you have absolutely no part in it!
BTW Kosmos is the same word used in John.3.16!
---1st_cliff on 2/14/12\\

Good point!

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/14/12


Markv

Repeat
If you can't you of course know what this statement is and what that makes you, right?
You might want to read John 8:44 first.
---michael_e on 2/14/12


Michael e, I'm not going around looking for statement you made on other blogs that have closed where you post your diagreements. It is a waste of my time.

Rhonda, You said you only posted something Jesus said, and He never said believers who are in Him cannot hear His calling. They never abandoned the commandments of God for traditions. Jesus spoke of the Pharisees. For Only His sheep hear His voice. That is Scriptural. If you think going to a sporting even is what Jesus was talking about then you know nothing of what He was talking about.
---Mark_V. on 2/14/12


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Repeat
MarkV, when are you going to show me one place where I said I WANTED satan to be god of this world. If you can't you of course know what this statement is and what that makes you, right?
You might want to read John 8:44 first.
---michaele on 2/14/12


Repeat:
Athiest, you know some of us do not agree sometimes when interpreting Scripture. some neglect other passages. First, satan is not the God of this world, Almigthy God is. Satan is the god of this age. He has no sovereign power to blind people, people are blinded by God. ( 2 Cor. 4:4) is referring to how the lost are blind by the ideals, opinions, hopes, and views, and encompasses the worlds philophies and commerce (10:5) and since satan is the father of the lost, he keeps them blinded.
For (John 12:40) shows us who really blinds the lost.
"He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them"
---Mark_V. on 2/14/12


Rhonda, Define "world" and tell us how you have absolutely no part in it!
BTW Kosmos is the same word used in John.3.16!
---1st_cliff on 2/14/12


\\YOU claim you can take part in the traditions of the world and all its trappings\\

Rhonda, St. Paul did not hesitate to use examples taken from the athletic events of his day.

English and computers are traditions of the world. Why are you using them?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/13/12


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Rhonda, just because you believe something so hard is wrong, you do not have to make things up to get your point across
****

fact is Christ stated to come out of this world its traditions

YOU claim you can take part in the traditions of the world and all its trappings

you contradict YOURSELF by DEFENDING traditions of the world

it would be YOU who is "making things up" I simply quoted Christ and stand on HIS WORD I don't have to make anything up

I find it very amusing you accuse me of believing Christ "so hard" yet you are blind to see how HARD you DEFEND traditions of the world

if you believe you are a True Believer than why do you IGNORE Christ?
---Rhonda on 2/13/12


Markv
//But he wants satan to be God of the whole world//

MarkV show me one place where I said I WANTED satan to be god of this world. If you can't you of course know what this statement is and what that makes you, right?

//Still upset that I didn't agree with you that Satan was the God of this world//
Check 2 Cor 4:3,4.
Markv, You might want to look up that scripture in your "old King James" then you can tell God you know what He says, but you know that's not what He means.
---michael_e on 2/13/12


Michael e, speak you mind. Still upset that I didn't agree with you that Satan was the God of this world while God is on the Throne somewhere in heaven?
And are you too suggesting that those in Christ (believers) do not hear the voice of Christ calling?

"Speak up, don't just throw stones, hidding behind bigger rocks."
---Mark_V. on 2/13/12


//you do not have to make things up to get your point across//

Hmm, sounds very familiar
---michael_e on 2/13/12


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Rhonda, just because you believe something so hard is wrong, you do not have to make things up to get your point across. Rewritting Scripture is a sin. You should not add or take away from the word of the Lord. Big judgments come to those that do. You said,
"Christ TOLD True Believers to come out of the world and its traditions"
Where are the Scriptures He said that to believers and they didn't hear? You said He calls believers and they don't hear. And Jesus said all believer hear His voice. Are you not hearing yourself? We are not of the world. Can you not understand that?
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." (John 10:27).
---Mark_V. on 2/13/12


If you are insisting believers don't hear then you are very wrong.
*****

Christ TOLD True Believers to come out of the world and its traditions

by choosing to DEFEND violent sports as a "believer" one defends traditions of the world rather than words of Christ

by defending the world one is clinging tighter to physical life - defending ACTIONS contrary to Christ is saying GOD has no part in my life when I am busy enjoying it!!

by your own reasoning you can do as you please even if it directly contradicts Christs WARNING - THAT is certainly NOT COMING OUT of the world and its traditions ...you may claim you are a "believer" yet your ACTIONS demonstrate you PREFER the world and its ways
---Rhonda on 2/12/12


Rhonda 2: Only those who belong to God hear God's word. You on the other hand are saying they do not hear the calling of Christ. If they don't hear it, they must not belong to God. If you are insisting believers don't hear then you are very wrong. That is why I said, if you are a child of God, you love God period. No matter what events you go, or what you see with your eyes. If you don't love Him then nothing really matters.
---Mark_V. on 2/12/12


Rhonda, we were not speaking of the lost when you said,

"many LOVE the world and all its traditions and cannot HEAR Christ calling them out from it"

Because if you are talking about genuine believers you are rewriting Scripture. Opposing what Jesus said,

"He who is of God hears God's words, therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God" (John 8:47).

Jesus had just made a statement before in (v. 43)
"Why do you not understand My speech?"
because you are not able to listen to My word"
This people are the one's not able to listen to the words of Christ. Why? "Because they want to do the desires of their father the devil.
---Mark_V. on 2/12/12


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we need to stand against the popular things of the world, and sports and all its glitter and glitz its the golden calf of America. We are in the world but not OF it, unless you are in compromise, if so, repent(your first works) and seek His mercy. Have no part in the things that people in darkness do, which produce nothing good. Instead, tell everyone how wrong those things are. Eph 5-11
****

AMEN

many LOVE the world and all its traditions and cannot HEAR Christ calling them out from it ...instead they cling tighter to their physical lives and all its pleasures while declaring Gods Word has no part in my life when I am busy enjoying it
---Rhonda on 2/11/12


It seems like there is an online brawl going on here.

About whether, or not, sports, TV shows, etc. are acceptable to watch.

One phrase that I've heard many times is:

Christians are the only group that shoots their own wounded.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and how they deal with the issues.

Or, maybe some people have had bad experiences. Like when sporting events involve an Alcohol fueled fight.

In any case, we should be reaching out in LOVE to other Christians and the world. That is what the world needs to see.

These online brawls over "spilled milk" are interesting to read. I just think that there are better ways to use our time, folks.


---Sag on 2/11/12


tom2, I agree with you totally. Most of the sports figures are so full of themselves and they are not a roll model. Anything that keeps you out of church is bad, even sports. Markv, you are not a legalist nor are you arrogant. I love your post.
---shira4368 on 2/11/12


Tommy, you got me all wrong. I hate no body, not even legalist who think they are more holier then thou. Those people could be saved so why should I hate any of them. I don't know the heart only what they write. God only knows the hidden sins of their heart.
You have every right to inclose youself in your house and get rid of your tv and radios so that you don't allow any sin that effects you coming into your house. However you can stop sinning is ok with me. I suggest for belivers to stop sinning and if that helps you good for you. Sports and tv's seems to have a big effect in your life so don't do it.
---Mark_V. on 2/11/12


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Cluny, in Scripture we are given commands and we are given warnings. God will not judge us by what sports events we watch or what movie we saw. He judges the intend of the heart. There is no place where one can go where sin is not found. Evil is all around us and it is how we respond to that evil that matters to God. But we will always have those who will always judge others for what they wear do eat, drink, watch. They are called legalist. Legalism is the opposite heresy of antinomianism. Antinomianism denies the significance of law. Legalism exhalts law above grace. In Jesus day the Pharisees were the legalist.
---Mark_V. on 2/11/12


should we watch all the awards shows also? there are about 1 milion of them,right?its a never ending list,man if they dont promote pride i dont know what does.
---tom2 on 2/10/12


No Mark I am not perfect, but have been cleansed by the blood of Christ through repentance and faith proven by deeds, I have no plank in my eye, my obedience has been fulfilled,2 cor 10-6 and I walk a holy life unto God, thus I have every right to voice what the Lord is teaching me about the narrow road. Luke 13-24. I nailed all my vile sins to the cross with Christ in repentance, which most here do not understand,Gal2-20/Gal 5-24 I urge all of you to repent(2 Cor 7-10-11, flee Babylon,(false system) (false teachers)love the truth, forsake the world and its vain attractions.

Those who stand against the popular things of the world will be hated!
---Tommy8976 on 2/10/12


we arent watching sports in america,we are living for them,football,my goodness all the coverage,world champion whatever in football,baseball,basketball,hall of fame with the slogan imortalized before a mans name,and we have exported to japan,and australia,
---tom2 on 2/10/12


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We are worshippers. Everything we do is worship. The first commandment is "Thou shall have no other God before me" Some worship there job thus they spend all of their time there. Some worship money, sex, comfort, security, sports, etc. These are all good but in the proper order of God, family, and then personal choices. This is why God says The entire Law is summed up with Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Cluny what is a tongue and cheek question?
---Scott1 on 2/10/12


I wonder how many people noted that this question was asked with tongue in cheek?

Nobody, apparently.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/10/12


Tommy8976:

Women seem to be naturally inclined to attend church. For the Fellowship, Worship, Bible Study, etc.

However, many churches struggle with getting more men involved. They seem to need a reason to attend.

Sports can be a great tool for drawing men together. You then have a great opportunity to invite them to learn more about Jesus, His Church, Salvation, etc. And demonstrate that you don't need: Smoking, Alcohol, Coarse Language, etc. to have a fun time.

I think that you are being a little short-sighted in claiming that Christians who attend sporting events are playing with the Ways of The World.

As I described earlier, sporting events can be an excellent time to witness to the lost.

---Sag on 2/10/12


Tommy, you have been here a short time and already you are condemning other Christians for sinning. Are you without sin? Or do you think you sin less then others so you are more holy then the rest of the Christians? Why not take the log out of your eye first? What don't you get about the love of Christ? If you love Him, no one can separate you from the love of God.
Love not the world, is the worldly system connected to evil, and judging other Christians who love the Lord is sin. I'm speaking of genuine Christians, not the fake ones who don't love God. And when you say Christians I am speaking of them only.
---Mark_V. on 2/10/12


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personally i,d rather be a fanatic for jesus ,than a painted up beer gussling football fanatic,living in the dog pound,or wearing a block of cheese on my head every sunday,
---tom2 on 2/10/12


Tommy, My mother-in-law is "also" a religious fanatic,,she turns more people Off than some one who is "balanced"
Half the family laugh behind her back, no she's not "hot for the lord" she's a "little tetched in the head"
---1st_cliff on 2/9/12


Tommy: If you wish to live that way, feel free to do so. You are not free to stand in judgement of those of us who enjoy liberty in Christ. It is up to the Holy Spirit of God to speak to those of us who enjoy sports and convict us of any sin that might be in our lives. Not you. My walk with the Lord is just fine, thank you.
---Trish on 2/9/12


Sometimes standing against the popular things of the world makes a strong witness, especially to all you professing Christians, who are still In your vile sins, thinking you are saved because you said the prayer, or went to a Billy Graham rally and accepted Jesus. The gospel is Clear about loving the world and its pleasures, if I was to go to a sporting event, I would only go to pass out my repentance tracts, steering people away from the dead church, which resembles more of the world than the house of God! telling people they can sin like the devil and go to heaven at the same time! Either you are hot for the Lord, or you are not, lukewarm wont make it.
---Tommy8976 on 2/9/12


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we are to be in the world but not of the world,born again of the spirit,but honestly from what i see,and what i hear from the vast majority of proclaiming christians,most are most asuredly OF THE WORLD.
---tom2 on 2/9/12


It is said Christians do this wrong and that they are more in love with football then with God. This all comes from other Christians who don't understand the Love of God. Legalist who think they know what the will of God is for everyone on earth. If He is Lord of your life you should be in love with Him period. If you are not in love with Him you are not one of His, period, whether you call yourself a Christian or not. Does that stop believers from loving their wives, kids, no, for He also said, Love your neighbor.
Love not the world concerns the evil spiritual system of Satan. It does not say, sports or watching tv, but what you watch and what you do at sports events. Stop trying to put a yoke on those that Christ has brought freedom to.
---Mark_V. on 2/9/12


i must say even the majority of christians get more excited about a football game than their walk thru life.squirming in their seats on sunday ,cause they might miss the kickoff,hypocrites,ABSOLUTELY,in the world and of the world.following the lusts of the flesh,the eyes,and of this life,and the world.
---tom2 on 2/9/12


If we totally isolate ourselves from society, we become unable to communicate with our unsaved friends.
---Trish on 2/8/12

This kind of statement is called throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

No one I know advocates being a monk locked away in a convent.

But, to be in love with sports is certainly different than going to an event once in a while.

I know people in my church that on "game days", they will wear their jerseys to church saying that it saves them time and they don't have to change before going to the game.

My reaction: I am sorry that church interferes with your tailgating pleasure.

We love pleasure more than God.
---Mark_Eaton on 2/9/12


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If we totally isolate ourselves from society, we become unable to communicate with our unsaved friends.
---Trish on 2/8/12

I've met Christians who believe that these things are Satanic:

Dancing, Movies, Sports, Concerts, Fairs, Cruise Vacations, etc. etc.

As long as you REFRAIN from things that are NOT pleasing to GOD, or Sinful, you are right where HE wants you. To be HIS witness to the lost.

Paul talked about avoiding fellowship with "Sexually Immoral" brethren.

GOD still has us living in "This" world and commands us to be a witness to "This" world.

How else is "This" world going to hear the Gospel unless us Christians spread ourselves out?
---Sag on 2/9/12


Bill-willa, you are so right. The passages, "Do not love the world and things in the world" in (1 John 2:15) is not in reference to the physical, material world but the invisible spiritual system of evil dominated by satan and all that it offers in opposition to God, His Word, and His people (5:19: John 12:31: 1 Cor. 1:21: 2 Cor. 4:4: James4:4: 2 Peter1:4).
A believer should never be legalistic. Legalism often arises as an overreaction against antinomianism. To make sure we do not allow ourselves or others to slip into the moral laxity of antinomianism, we tend to make rules more strict than God Himself does. Many legalist rob the believer of his liberty and put chains on them where God had left them free.
---Mark_V. on 2/9/12


Tommy, What we need on here is another "super fine apostle" (move over Eloy) a little weighted on one side!
---1st_cliff on 2/9/12


Professing Christians love the things of the world more than the things of God, they listen to the worlds music, addictd to thier favorite sports teams, spend more time playing vile video games,books,filled with witchcraft, sex, etc.. etc.
No urgency to repent(2 Corin 7-10-11,or defend and contend against all the false teachers lining the pulpits today. I dont think paul was giving Christians permission to induldge in sports as it is today, he was giving an analogy, on enduring in the faith, true saints have no time for this, use Pauls analogy to dig deep into the word, and endure to the end to remain pure and holy, seperated from the world, and its vain attractions.
---Tommy8976 on 2/8/12


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If we totally isolate ourselves from society, we become unable to communicate with our unsaved friends.

My church gets a block of tickets to a Phillies game every Summer. This past year, a friend came out to the game. She became comfortable hanging out with my church friends. Then, when I moved, she met more friends from church as she and they helped me unpack. Most recently, she attended a Christmas Tea at my church. We talk about our relationship with God on a regular basis.
---Trish on 2/8/12


The secret here is "BALACE"
Paul said "run the race with endurance"
Again people have to make a "religion" out of everything!
If you paddle with one oar you just go in circles!
Good clean sports are healthy for mind and body.
"It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game"!
---1st_cliff on 2/8/12


I gave up TV and cable almost 2 years ago, when I repented and turned to God for mercy.
Now I spend that time memorizing scriptures, sharing the truth as God leads me, defending the purity of the gospel, and digging deep to build a strong foundation, most who profess Christ, know more about thier favorite tv program, or sports stars, but most are stil in thier vile sins and worldliness as I was, oblivious of the wrath to come upon them, wake up! Repent, and seek the mercy of God before its too late! Read Rev ch 18, if that doesnt move you,,nothing will, also James 4-4. its a narrow road, few of the few will be saved, come out of your church, if they are preaching the lie and resemble the world more than the house of God. Obedience matters!
---Tommy8976 on 2/8/12


I believe this is between an individual and God. I prefer not to give any time/attention to Superbowl, but I do support children in their sport activities in school. 1 daughter is a good athlete, excells in most things she does, and as a sophomore in High school has college coaches approaching her. She has scholarship for a select state team which has college showcases. Her desire is to go into sports medicine, and if she can get athletic scholarships, might be benificial. A Son recieved several thousand in soccer scholarships...worked hard for it. As long as God is first,ok.almost anything can be an idol.
---Chria9396 on 2/8/12


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So, some worldly people did stupidly evil stuff. This makes what they did bad. It does not make the event bad. People rob banks, but this does not mean to stay away from banking. Hypocrites go to church, but they do not have to decide what I do in church.

Paul uses a sports competitor for illustrating how we need to run according to the rules, as Christians > 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. So, when we watch or go to an event, this can be a reminder of how we need to do things by God's rules (c: Or we miss out on love, any time we argue or complain, for one example > Philippians 2:14-16). God bless you, too (c: bill
---Bill_willa6989 on 2/8/12


I find that most male Christians have made sports an idol.

Its easy to see, and we are generally blind to it. We are addicted to TV.

Simply ask yourself or your Brother/Sister in Christ how much they spend on TV service, TV/HD equipment, and how much time they spend watching, listening, or reading it in the paper or online.

With cable and satellite, HDTV, 3D TV, and surround sound systems, watching sports, TV shows, and movies are definitely more important to the Body of Christ than prayer, reading, meditation, and visiting others.

Do this simple calculation. How much time today will you spend in prayer, reading the Word, meditating, or visiting others compared with how much time you will watch TV?
---Mark_Eaton on 2/8/12


Luk 16:15 And He said to them, You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
1Jn 2:15 Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him,
1Jn 2:16 because all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1Jn 2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever.
true spirit filled followers of Christ, will avoid these popular attractions and pastimes, those who are lukewarm love thier sports and worldly attractions.
---Tommy8976 on 2/8/12


Most professing Christians see nothing wrong with mixing with the world, most are still in thier sins, lukewarm, and love the world more than God, so mixing with the worlds pleasures and pastimes is no big deal to them. I know we are surrounded by hate, evil, lust, godless people who hate Christ, etc..we need to stand against the popular things of the world, and sports and all its glitter and glitz its the golden calf of America. We are in the world but not OF it, unless you are in compromise, if so, repent(your first works) and seek His mercy. Have no part in the things that people in darkness do, which produce nothing good. Instead, tell everyone how wrong those things are. Eph 5-11.
---Tommy8976 on 2/8/12


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As Sag said, there is nothing wrong with attending sports parties or events. Anything can become an idol. But, opportunities for fellowship and friendships offer us the opportunity for witnessing. I attend sporting events with my son, and we have the most fun cheering our teams on.
---Trish on 2/8/12


nature of GOD is not competitive it is spirit of cooperation and peace

violent and ultra competitive nature of football drives "fans" into a frenzy ...even baseball a fan was killed last year for wearing an opposing teams jersey

athletes pay a steep price for short-lived fame recent documentaries exposed some become physically handicap popping pain killers for remainder of their lives others have severe mental deterioration

"fans" celebrate glory days of game at expense of a mans life and now possibly at their own expense

the worlds twisted idea of fun does not represent GOD why Christ WARNED True Christians to come out of the world and its traditions - not an easy choice
---Rhonda on 2/8/12


There is nothing "wrong" with Sports. There is also nothing "wrong" with Alcoholic Beverages. Food is necessary for living.

However, any of those things can become an "idol" and become dangerously out-of-control.

I had some friends at my home for the recent Super Bowl football game. A party with only a minimal amount of Food -- Snacks -- and NO Alcoholic Beverages at all.

I'm 100% sure that some folks didn't come because of my "NO Alcohol" rule. That's just "Too Bad".

I feel that my Super Bowl party was a good tool for gathering my friends together, and giving me an opportunity to tell them about Jesus Christ.
---Sag on 2/7/12


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