Ted Kluck is not only an avid sports fan, but an active participant. He's played professional indoor football, trained as a professional wrestler, and coached high school football. He's also served as a missionary and has taught college-level writing courses. Ted is the author of Robert Griffin III: Football, Faith, and Leadership, and The Reason for Sports—the book from which this week's readings are adapted.
What he Said … What's Faith Got to Do with It?
Sports are a huge part of the lives of American men, including church men. Our churches have informal basketball, golf, and softball leagues. Guys talk about sports in the church lobby. Yet with all the books teaching us how to worship with our marriages, our money, our "quiet times," and our sex lives, little is written about the subject that drives most of our banter with each other and around which much of our free time revolves. Sports.
How do we worship God with this part of our lives? How do sports help us to grow in sanctification? How do we think theologically about the myriad of moral dilemmas in sports?
The last thing I want to do is subtly ruin sports for Christian guys or somehow equate loving sports to viewing porn. I don't want Christian guys to hang their heads in shame because they spend more time watching (and enjoying) sports than they spend reading Bible stories to their toddlers. But my hope is that Christians would begin to develop a theology of sports.
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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