I am a Christian, and I am an avid sports fan. Nothing wrong with that per se. But sports, in the life of a Christian, like anything else, need to be enjoyed biblically–for God’s glory. After all, our charge is straight forward in Scripture, “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1Cor10:31). So how do we play as well as be a fan of sports, for God’s glory? It’s a good question. And one that requires study of Scripture, careful thought, prayer, and a lot of heart checks for the athlete as well as the fan.
Any time I come across good biblical thought and wisdom on this topic, I read it. I need all the help I can get. I found the post at the link below from author, pastor, and fellow avid sports fan, Jared C. Wilson, to be especially helpful. Here’s an excerpt, followed by the link to the entire post:
…when we use sports poorly, for our own glory and our own sake, we not only lose sorely but win poorly. And athletes, whether they’re Christians or not, reflect more the heart of God when they accept responsibility when losing and deflect credit when winning, when they seek the good of their team and the dignity of their opponents, when they do things like give up achievable salaries in order to provide financial advantage for their team in employing more highly skilled players who can benefit the organization. But when an athlete plays only for himself, he loses even if he wins. Many athletes love Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me,” but would that they’d also take Philippians 2:3 to heart: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”