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Shock the World
Theme of the week: Sports: Make It a Thinking Man's Game
Friday, July 11, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: The LORD laughs at those who laugh at him, but he gives grace to those who are not proud. (Proverbs 3:34, NCV)

Dig Deeper: Isaiah 57:14-21

J. C. Ryle wrote in his classic Holiness: "Thousands have trodden the path you are pursuing, and have awoke too late to find it end in misery and eternal ruin. They have fought hard for wealth, and honor, and office, and promotion, and turned their backs on God, and Christ, and heaven. … And what has their end been? Often, far too often, they have found out that their whole life has been a grand mistake."

If we're to live out our Christianity as athletes and fans, we're called to a higher standard. Our set-apartness should bleed into the arena just as it does (hopefully) into the office for those of us who aren't paid to play.

So maybe instead of thumping [his] chest and pointing at the sky to "be a light" in the football community, the Christian athlete simply walks back to the huddle. Maybe instead of kneeling in the end zone for an elaborate show of prayer, he just flips the ball to the ref and thanks God on his own. Perhaps he does so, praying that God will give him grace, and striving after true humility to echo [today's Key Bible Verse]. And in doing so, he might just shock the world.

—Ted Kluck in The Reason for Sports

My Response: Besides those examples Ted mentions, what other ways can fans and athletes demonstrate their higher calling?

Thought to Apply: Sports do not build character. They reveal it.—John Wooden (college basketball coach)

Adapted from The Reason for Sports (Moody, 2009) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, help me to watch sports—and all that entertains me—with my mind fully engaged; and even as I enjoy what I watch, help me to be discerning and apply Christian principles to all of my entertainment choices.

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Jake C Neal

July 11, 2014  11:22am

Tebowing wasn't a thing when he did it at Florida, it only became something after he got to the NFL and it was used as an acceptable way to poke fun at his faith. The difference between appropriate and inappropriate displays during a sports match is the motivation behind them. Are the athletes doing it to truly praise God, or are they doing it to show others how godly they are, and praise themselves? How can we as spectators decide which is which?

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Curt Schleicher

July 11, 2014  8:38am

Acknowledge a good play, but don't dwell on it. i should give the performance its just rewards without going overboard. When, not if, i do catch myself in this predicament instead of apologizing profusely for the error of my ways, i need to practice fading to the background of the scene.

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William Andrew Wilson

July 11, 2014  6:39am

Herschel Walker was asked one time why he didn't spike the football after a touchdown...his reply, "I want to act like I had done that before".

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

July 11, 2014  6:35am

What a great word for Friday. Introduce God to the world in away people who don't know him, will say something positive about what they just witnessed / experienced, and hopefully ask...God has it from there, be His representative, everywhere, all the time. Anthony

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