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Watching Football A Sin

Subject: Football

Is an involvement in Football (watching or playing) a sin? To me, it would certainly violate a few of the 17 works of the flesh.

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 ---Mr._Graham on 12/10/07
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\\Arent boastful exhibitions as sin?\\

Like when David rejoiced over slaying Goliath?

If not watching football or soccer (as we call the British sport) or rugby is virtuous, I cannot claim credit, as sports charm me not.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/22/14

Football is not a sin! Let us hear what Paul had to say about sports:
2Tim4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

1Cor9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly, so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
1Cor9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Paul used sports analogies. Sports are not bad!

1Tim4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Bodily exercise gives us short term profit, but godliness is extremely profitable!
---trey on 3/22/14

In my opinion watching a football game or baseball game is not a sin. But I believe our time can be use more wisely. Always putting the Lord first in all things, prayer, studying and evangelism is most important. Even using our time to help others in some way.
---Luke on 3/21/14

Mr. Graham do you feel like this about everything which comes under the heading of sport? All sports people wish to win and hear the applause and cheers (adulation) as do all entertainers and many others. Were all participants in the Olympics sinning for competing?

Sin can rear its ugly head in all walks of life. It is often not what we do but how we do it, how we participate, why we do it, what it achieves etc. which shows the real person.

Please don't judge people as groups. We are EACH answerable to God for ourselves.

I think that you have another username here b.t.w.
---Rita_H on 3/14/14

what does it mean to put God first? How is that done?

Genesis 17:1 "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God, walk before me, and be thou perfect."

How about you? What do you or what do you feel called to do?
---Nana on 3/8/14

I agree with Shirley. sports, tv, anything we put before God is sin.
---shira4368 on 3/3/14

Yes anything that is 'worldy' is sin, because it's 'feeding' the flesh so to speak. The whole point is to deny the flesh and take up the cross - the narrow way. Footballers are in the illumanti (satanic society of the mainstream media). Don't be fans of them.
---Nic on 3/3/14

Anything that you put before God is not only a sin but is an idol as well. I believe that as long as you make sure that God is number one in your life, watching or playing football is okay. Personally, I believe that you should not attend or play on Sundays, but why not watch football in between church services? My dad and brothers do that while my mom, sisters, and I watch a movie in another room. It works out just fine:)
---Michelle on 12/18/07

Anything you put before GOD is a sin.Football,fishing even your mate or child.As long as you put God first football is not a sin.
---shirley on 12/18/07

This question can apply to any sport, movie, picnic, and just about any other daily activity in which we voluntarily or involuntarily participate. If this activity leads you to sin then flee because it surely is not going away. The real answer to your question is do you sin, or cause others to sin, while watching this activity? If so, then stop watching.
---PHILOSOPHER on 12/18/07

Mr._Graham: you make good points. But all these things can be done in church as well. Just because many get drunk at games doesn't mean you have to.

Why do we try to prove our love for Christ by living to the extreme in areas we were never meant to?

If you don't like football, fine. But football is neutral. What you do with it may not be.
---j._nonymous on 12/12/07

I have yet to hear a sound argument that disputes the works of the flesh.

The fans and spectators of College & Professional football engage in merry making & revellings.
---Mr._Graham on 12/12/07

Oh my goodness no. Not as long as you are putting God first, He does not care if you watch football or play football. Lets play ball.
---catherine on 12/12/07

Blessings Mr. Graham, I will address one of the works of the flesh. Idolatry, as long as you do not put football ahead of God, and make it your God, then I see nothing wrong with watching it. That would apply to anything or anyone that takes the place of God. Moderation is the key, and God should always be first. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 12/12/07

I have seen a fb player help a player from a different team get to his feet. I have also seen friendly taps on the helmet.
---Kella3336 on 12/12/07

How about the Miami Dolphins-now that is sad! Btw I like the colts and seahawks. curious for whoever wants to answer: what two teams would you like to see play in the superbowl? And who do you think will actually make it(besides the patriots).
---Kella3336 on 12/12/07

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Professional & College Football is not friendly competition. That is being disingenuous.

What's more, the fans and spectators engage in merry making and revellings.
---Mr._Graham on 12/11/07

emulation is more than just friendly competition. we cant say now that game night with the family is a work of the flesh. how dare billy want to win in uno or Bible trivia! playing a game is different than competing for your pastors attention or fighting over a pew seat. now when it comes to cheer leading that might be a work of the flesh. im almost certin it is!
---Kraus on 12/11/07

Galatians (5:19-21) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
---Mr._Graham on 12/11/07

1. ambition to equal or excel
2: (computer science) technique of one machine obtaining the same results as another
3: effort to equal or surpass another
---Mr._Graham on 12/11/07

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Emulation Syn: Competition, rivalry, contest, contention, strife. -- Emulation, Competition, Rivalry. Competition is the struggle of two or more persons for the same object.
---Mr._Graham on 12/11/07

Mr. Graham, are you saying all competition is prideful, arrogant, boasting?
---Chris on 12/11/07

You mention the violent nature of the sport, comparing it to gladiator games of Rome, I assume. When someone is injured in football, the players show respect and concern, often taking a knee and holding hands in prayer if it appears serious.
---Chris on 12/11/07

from what i read men are mentaly geared to problem solving. our recreation reflects that. fixing cars, solving world troubles while reading the news, playing video games, and watching sports all lets us solve problems that have no affect on us. this lets us break from our own problems and come back with fresh eyes. i think its natural and healthy as long as its not put above God.
---Kraus on 12/11/07

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Only if you skip church on Sunday because you want to get to the game earlier. That would demonstrate who the real "Lord" of your life is.
---Greyrider on 12/11/07


Paul spoke of a runner, not a violent sport like the Gladiators.
---Mr._Graham on 12/11/07

I know people like football, but no one is addressing the works of the flesh.
---Mr._Graham on 12/11/07

Paul mentioned athletes as a metphor for how he was training for service to the kingdom. He never metioned athletes in a negative light. Its all about attitude isn't it? You could sin in the pews just as easily as you could sin on the field... Hey! Put those pews back!
---j._nonymous on 12/11/07

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From another disappointed Eagles fan
---John_T on 12/11/07

Nurse: The other big sin is the way the Eagles have played this season. AARGH!
---Trish on 12/11/07

Trish, well said. Btw, I like football and I am a Christian. Watching football does not mean I love God any less than those who don't.
---Kella3336 on 12/11/07

No, watching football is NOT a sin..

but it is a sin the way the Buffalo Bills are playing this year!
---NurseRobert on 12/10/07

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The sinfulness of watching football has already been discussed in a blog started last week.

As Kumquat pointed out, it certainly violates touching the carcass of a dead pig, which is an abomination.
---Jack on 12/10/07

Exactly, it is a sport. One gets entertainment from violence, boastfulness, pride, arrogance

Just because it's done doesn't mean it's right. Arent boastful exhibitions as sin? Aren't people who get entertainment from such things guilty too?
---Mr._Graham on 12/10/07

This is ridiculous. Football is a sport, and watching it and playing it are not sins. I know of many God fearing Christians who have played the sport.
---Trish9863 on 12/10/07

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