Sports are all around us everyday. We play them, watch them, talk about them, read about them. The problem is, that, as Christians, we don’t always think carefully about them. After all, what does God have to do with March Madness, the Super Bowl, or my recreational softball team?
The reality is, we live all of life before the face of God, even our engagement in sports. There is not a single area of life over which God does not exercise lordship. So, to help us think more carefully about how we engage sports I (Nick) would like to recommend two books to you. Don’t Waste Your Sports by C.J. Mahaney and Game Day for the Glory of God by Stephen Altrogee. These two books are our books of the month from the CrossWay Bookstore.
Game Day for the Glory of God is by Stephen Altrogee. This book gives biblical guidance on playing, watching and discussing sports. It attempts to help us grow both in our love for God and our passion for holiness.
If Scripture calls us to do everything to the glory of God. That means every thought, every word, and every deed are to be done in a way that brings pleasure to God. That includes how we play, watch, and talk about sports.
Don’t Waste Your Sports by C.J. Mahaney is directed more at young people who are currently playing sports and the parents who are seeking to train them in the midst of their participation in sports.
C.J. points out that sports are one of the key battlegrounds in which pride and self-glory are regular temptations. If sports are a gift from God, why are playing fields and courts so often arenas for egos? How are we to enjoy sports in a godly way.
This booklet concludes with application questions and an addendum to parents. Both of these are great ideas for athletes in your family, for parents seeking to help young people navigate the particular temptations of sports and those of us who simply want to think more carefully about how we engage sports both playing and watching.
Both books are available in the bookstore.