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Christians Leisure Time

Should a christian have a leisure time? Should Christians be into sports social activities not church related?

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Of course we can do such things but we must not become involved in those things that will take us away from God.

We have to travel on buses, attend schools, shop in supermarkets, stay in hotels etc. with non-Christians.

We should all be capable of living IN this world without being drawn into worldly (unGodly) things.

I know some Christians who have never allowed their children to go to a cinema. That does not help their Christian witness one little bit.
---Rita_H on 9/10/13


I don't see why not! God is not an harsh dictator! So ask Him what to do. It is His will shall be done.
---catherine on 9/9/13


paul was referring to the games in rome. he was trying to tell us to keep running the race and don't quit. reasons why we can't quit running the race is.... sinners, family and God. I know humans need leisure time and God don't expect us to just go 24 hours a day. I still think God was speaking of running our mouths.
---shira4368 on 5/24/13


Where are the sporting activities?
---Mark_Eaton on 5/23/13

1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.


1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.

1 Corinthians 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly, so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

2 Timothy 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, [yet] is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
---francis on 5/23/13


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---francis on 5/22/13

Nope.

Where are the sporting activities?

Is this a case where the Bible is silent so we can do as we please?
---Mark_Eaton on 5/23/13




My bible says nothing about leisure, it only speaks of idle words. I honestly think that means not to run our mouth unless its necessary.
---shira4368 on 5/23/13


I see the purpose of sports to occupy and waste time. To entertain us. Does God want us entertained?
---Mark_Eaton on 5/22/13

Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time TO LAUGH, a time to mourn, and a time TO DANCE,


Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all [things].


AGREE TO DISAGREE?
---francis on 5/22/13


There was athletic competition in Rome in those days
---francis on 5/20/13

What is the purpose of sporting activities? What is the purpose of football? What is the purpose of baseball, soccer, NASCAR, ...etc?

I see the purpose of sports to occupy and waste time. To entertain us. Does God want us entertained?

Rest and leisure is different. Rest is ordained by God and leisure can involve a time of refreshment.

Tit 2:2-3 "that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience"

Matt 25:26 "But his lord answered and said to him, You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed"
---Mark_Eaton on 5/22/13


Jesus ministered on earth for 3 and a half years, yet only 90 days of his ministry are recorded

He went to a wedding
He went to several dinners
He attended several feasts
There were musicians in Israel in those days
There was athletic competition in Rome in those days 1 Corinthians 9:25, 2 Timothy 2:5
---francis on 5/20/13


It's good, even refreshing to unwind by doing activities that free you to take periodical breathers from the rigorous demands of life. Even Jesus had to get away occasionally to be spirit refreshed (recharged).

Regarding sports & social activities that aren't church related, so long as they don't violate the tenets of Scripture, go for it!
---Leon on 5/20/13




why are we confusing leisure, with idle words?
---francis on 5/17/13

No confusion here. I merely pointed out that WE will be judged for every idle word we speak.

I also did not discuss leisure time, but sporting activities. Leisure time is authorized, even given by God. But Sporting Activities? Really?

I will let you explain to Jesus why you spent so much time on your fantasy football team and so little time telling your unsaved neighbors about Him.
---Mark_Eaton on 5/20/13


Should a christian have a leisure time? Should Christians be into sports social activities not church related?
---jamea3475 on 5/14/13


Mark 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

Mark 6:32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.

So the answer is yes, leisure time, including sports provides us with an opportunity to get away from work, and rest and relax.

Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

even sports should be done to the glory of God
---francis on 5/19/13


leisure time has nothing to do with running our mouth with idle words. I know a person who never says anything. I think they have the right idea.
---shira4368 on 5/19/13


why are we confusing leisure, with idle words?
---francis on 5/17/13


Jesus and his disciples take a private cruise to have some leisure time


Mark 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

Mark 6:32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
---francis on 5/17/13


I think we will all be in trouble if we are held accountable for idle word. just the idle words on christianet is enough to make God cringe. we are all guilty even the self righteous. nothing wrong with sports but it shouldn't keep us out of church and shouldn't hinder our testimony.
---shira4368 on 5/16/13


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Think on this Scripture:

Matt 12:36 "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment"

If we have to answer for every idle word that we speak, do you think God will have a measure of how much time each of us has wasted?

Or, perhaps God will show us all the opportunites we missed in the time we spent on our own lusts.

Two things I see missing in Scripture but not missing in our current Christian lives are sporting activities and retirement.
---Mark_Eaton on 5/16/13


My daughter and pastor coach their kids' soccer teams at the local athletic association. My daughter volunteers at my granddaughter's public school.

Why not?
---Grandma on 5/16/13


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which s planted,
A time to kill, and a time to heal, a time to break down, and a time to build up,
A time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance,
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing,
A time to get, and a time to lose, a time to keep, and a time to cast away,
A time to rend, and a time to sew, a time to keep silence, and a time to speak,
A time to love, and a time to hate, a time of war, and a time of peace.
---francis on 5/16/13


jame3475: Yes, you can participate in social activities that are not connected with anything evil. You however have to disallow that activity from leading you into any form of sinning.
---Adetunji on 5/16/13


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yes it is good to do secular stuff because when you do do secular stuff you bring the light of christ into that secular environment. Otherwise you will only be in your holy huddles. Some wisdom needs to be applied of course, for example if losing a game makes you have overly angry sports are not your best activities.
---Scott1 on 5/16/13


so scott is that a yes?
---jamea3475 on 5/15/13


Most sports are not a problem. The problem is that so many of the practices and games today are held on "church" days or nights. Choose whom you will serve!!!
---KarenD on 5/15/13


Jesus is the light of the world a city on a hill cannot be hidden, the darkness did not understand the light (light attacks darkness and darkness must flee light). As christians we have and are the image of Christ to the world. How beautiful the feet that spread the light (good news) to the world. Jesus says it this way in John 17: 15-18. They (christians) are not of this world ... as You (God Father) sent me ... so I (Jesus) sent them into the world.
---Scott1 on 5/15/13


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Well James, it's called "balance"
If you just row with one oar, you will just go round in circles!
Fanatics are dizzy anyway!
---1st_cliff on 5/14/13


Why not?

Churches didn't sponsor leisure or social activities in the 1st century. Why should they in the 21st?

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/14/13


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