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Sports = Sex?
Theme of the week: Sports: Make It a Thinking Man's Game
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: God's will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. (1 Thessalonians 4:3)

Dig Deeper: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

Sex and sports have always gone hand in hand. Ring card girls cavorting, nearly naked, between rounds at boxing matches. NFL cheerleaders, also nearly naked, cavorting during television timeouts. The annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is going on three generations now.

Many fans have long been fascinated by [pro sport's] Bunyanesque (Paul not John) characters for their actions on the field (athletic) and off it (sexual)—[like] Babe Ruth and Wilt Chamberlain. Christians are disgusted by their actions but a little part of us, too, is amazed by them.

Sports are about the celebration of physical prowess, among other things. Watching a 265-pound linebacker with 3 percent body fat cover 40 yards in 4.5 seconds is exciting in large part because it's something we can't do ourselves. It's attractive [and] breathtaking because of the sheer audacity it takes to pull [it] off.

Is it any surprise, then, that advertisers try to catch us at our most vulnerable, to sell us products we don't need? They hawk products that might make us bigger, faster, and stronger (sports equipment), products that will make us feel bigger (huge trucks), and even make us more sexually potent.

—Ted Kluck in The Reason for Sports

My Response: How have pro sports—and the ads that go with them—impacted my thinking about both sex and physical prowess?

Thought to Apply: Fifty percent of life in the NBA is sex. The other fifty percent is money.—Dennis Rodman (pro basketball player, actor)

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 10, 2014  3:04pm

It's tragic that men are now characterized only as sexual meat-heads and that the only way to get our attention and money is to attack our purity.

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