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Are Sports replacing worship?

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I feel like there's a broad path that the modern Christian is following which though not outrageous is the wrong one.

I remember growing up, attending church on sunday was a culture followed religiously.

Nowadays, the tides have changed, people all busy following the latest football game.

You find one can't memorize a verse but has the entire league table on his finger tips.

Even in church, people are talking football after service.

What's happening people?

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This is a sign that we are in the last days.

 

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

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Sports (for many) has become worship.

 

Many look on in surprise or curiosity at some Hindus as they paint themselves up and parade around with their idols. But isn't it basically the same thing when people paint themselves up in the colors of their favorite sports team, sing songs or chant and wave certain flags and go hysterical when their team wins or cry like there's no tomorrow when they lose?

 

I will say that physical activity does have some value (1 Timothy 4:8) but don't allow it (or anything else) to take away the joy of fellowship with God.

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I think there is a healthy way to spectate and enjoy competition. At the same timeI also think whenever anything (including sports teams) gets in the way of your relationship with God, then it's time to examine yourself HEB 12:1.

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Well if you look at it for a specific point of view or perspective then yes a lot of people nowadays seems to worship players and teams which they consider as their favorite, so far to the point of actually selling their belongings in order to attend their games.

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It does look that way when you read some of the articles today about the new american religion,and a lot of people do not indentify with any religious tradition at all(the nones)but at the same time the religious dedication of sports has been growing quite a bit. People attending church is down lately at the same time and other church activities as well. They say the stadiums bring people together like cathedrals once did,and many kids today have very little church involement.

 

 

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I think people are being one sided and why to concentrate on sports when they have come to visit the Lord. This happens in our place too. Last week I went to a temple and after worshiping I was sitting for a while to meditate but a group of people behind me started to talk about cricket and football. After that, the conversation moved on to tv series. I wonder why they have to talk about this in a place of worship.

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 I was wondering what God thinks when people pray about a certain team winning or losing. Take for example this coming Monday night. Alabama will play Clemson for the college national football title. I sometimes wonder what God thinks about if/when many people from each side pray for their team to win the game. What does He think if players from each opposing team pray for a win? Is it something to even pray about or do you think that it is okay? If anyone of us as believers happen to participate in competitive sports in anyway is it frivolous to pray for victory in this area of our lives or is it okay?

 

 Just curious to see what others think.

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Lord i pray i win.  Just doesn't sound right . Lord i pray what ever the outcome my actions glorify You.  

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On 1/2/2019 at 10:41 AM, Becky said:

Lord i pray what ever the outcome my actions glorify You.  

 

 

 From the beginning to about the 1:20 mark.

 

 

Upon winning the college-football championship Monday night to become the first team in modern NCAA history to earn a 15-0 season record, Clemson University coach Dabo Swinney gave the glory to God on national television.

“All the credit, all the glory, goes to the good Lord!” Swinney said.

Swinney had been asked by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, “Dabo, there are few coaches in any sport who show more joy than you do. How do you describe the joy of the moment?”

“Well that’s been my word all year, and I tried to be intentional with that, for me personally, joy comes from focusing on Jesus, others and yourself,” Swinney answered.

“There’s so many great coaches that are so deserving of a moment like this that never get the chance to experience it, and to do it once and now to get to do it again,” he added, “it’s a blessing, and it’s just simply the grace of the good Lord to let us experience something like this!”

 

 

 

 

 

Swinney’s public praise of God caught the attention of former NBA star Magic Johnson, who said, “I love Coach Swinney’s interview on ESPN giving glory to God and crediting his players. That was beautiful.”

 

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Upon winning the college-football championship Monday night to become the first team in NCAA history to to earn a 15-0 season record, Clemson University coach Dabo Swinney gave the glory to God on national television.

 

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On 4/30/2017 at 8:45 AM, adssolsn said:

I feel like there's a broad path that the modern Christian is following which though not outrageous is the wrong one.

I remember growing up, attending church on sunday was a culture followed religiously.

Nowadays, the tides have changed, people all busy following the latest football game.

You find one can't memorize a verse but has the entire league table on his finger tips.

Even in church, people are talking football after service.

What's happening people?

This Worshiping sports and I think it started with football many years ago. I know of churches that had the Super bowl on big screens in Church. That has NO place in a church!

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Most often @Just Mike i agree with you . But not this time .. We are the church the building is not anything more then a building.. I lived in a couple churches when i was a kid. The 'sanctuary'  was a play room in bad weather those old wooden benches and a couple of blankets made fun forts .

 

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They looked a lot like these only simpler.  I say why not have a'church'  superbowl party beats the heck out of one in a bar. Because of the kneeling junk i have not watched football in a few years. 

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3 hours ago, Becky said:

I say why not have a'church'  superbowl party beats the heck out of one in a bar.

And what do they do during the Satanic half time show?

 

A local Assembly of God church a few years ago cancelled church service on Sunday and moved it to Monday because of the Super Bowl.

 

What kinda message does that convey?

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Yikes you are correct @William i forgot about the half time trash. i have not watched that stuff for years. I never said anything about cancelling service. Knowing what a lot of the AofGs has become it might be better. 

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10 minutes ago, Becky said:

Knowing what a lot of the AofGs has become it might be better. 

Unfortunately my daughter went to an AoG church after her mother. The appeal to emotionalism eventually lost ground with her when she began a University. Haven't been able to reel her back in. Go figure, I am thinking that a "reasonable" faith may appeal to her from denominations which tend to be more "introspective" or rational etc. I took interest in her University which was Lutheran. I couldn't understand why she never mentioned her religious study classes. On graduation day the head of the church on campus came out and gave a speech quoting a poem by a famous atheist. She was wearing a rainbow slash etc. Completely liberal and then I began thinking about all that junk which stands in the way of someone attempting to find solid doctrine.

 

Anyhoot, I definitely think replacing church service on any given Sunday with football leaves the impression of which is more worthy of our time and worship.

 

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1 minute ago, William said:

Anyhoot, I definitely think replacing church service on any given Sunday with football leaves the impression of which is more worthy of our time and worship.

Totally agree @William i was being some what silly with my AofG remark. I so very much appreciate my 1950s AofG Sunday School lessons. Not all AofG groups are exactly the same.  The Sunday School lessons i saw in operation 1980-90 were too watered down. 

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24 minutes ago, Becky said:

Totally agree @William i was being some what silly with my AofG remark. I so very much appreciate my 1950s AofG Sunday School lessons. Not all AofG groups are exactly the same.  The Sunday School lessons i saw in operation 1980-90 were too watered down. 

At the time my daughter was attending some ten years ago I pretty much thought of the AoG as a middle of the line denomination. One between Liberalism and Conservatism. Soon after I was introduced to Calvary Chapel which really never divulged in my six years or so there that C.C. is a Pentecostal movement. I have to say with running the risk of generalizations that I tend to reject any body affiliated with Pentecostalism.

 

Without side tracking the thread I'll just leave this here to not be commented on but to supplement the conversation between us. The history of the Pentecostal church seemingly was centered among poor minorities without education. It is no wonder to me that such people were more prone to emotionalism:

 

 

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I did not say this at first, but I dislike football immensely! In high School I thought the "jocks" love the girls and played mainly for the popularity. My life centered around the church and its activities, that is where my heart ans soul was. I have never ever likes football, and now that its proved these guys brains are being batter around the inside of their skulls, it proves to me how stupid the game is. I have seen a half time a few years back for a few minuets and both my wife and I shut the sensuous crap off. This halftime soft porn is totally wrong for any Christian to watch. Any woman that sees her husband or boy friend or little boy or girl watch this are giving their approval to sexual temptation. Jesus was very clear that who ever looks at a woman with lust in their heart has committed adultery in his heart, and that is how I believe halftime is for the majority of people. Shame, shame on any church that allows football in a church. Church is where we Worship our Holy God. But maybe some churches are led down the path of worshiping football by a pastor that is really messed up. MY how some have been enticed by Satan's best, porn. 

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OK  you gays have made extremely valid points. The half time shows are evil , as Christians we should be careful of what we support. Putting them in the church building is supporting them.  I will say again the church building is nothing more then a building.  I personally have not watched a halftime show in years , because they are so sinfully ugly.  So thanks for the lesson 🙂

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 I will pretty much not listen to (I hit the mute button) or even look at commercials anymore. It's been awhile since I have been back in the USA for any considerable amount of time but it just seems whenever I do come back the sewer of what is shown in commercials gets more and more raunchy.

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When I ran the Joints and decorated my bed with naked women I watched Football and lusted a great deal as I drank, ate and enjoyed the commercials. 
When then Multi-Million Dollar a year PLAYERS began needing their steady diet of naked girls, excess cash, limousines, worshipers and became Cry-Babies, they lost me and an enormous number of Loyal Fans.

 

For a couple of years, all I cared to see was the commercials and the Half Time Show, others felt the drag and I was no longer welcome at their Super Bowl Parties.  When I left the stage, it was a mixture of Rejection and attempts to reinstate a, basically, unknown C&W Voice.

 

Football has been, for some time now, making itself taste fowl in the minds of good people across the world.  As a learning member of the Family of YHWH I object to such events in the House of our God and avoiding, as best I can, being labeled a hypocrite, I will never again attend such parties and if I know of any filth, I avoid, as best I can, seeing and/or hearing it.

 

I try to live the Scriptures by being a visible, living, example of one living for YHWH, the Living God.  There is nothing more attacked and difficult than living the Holy Life.

 

Important to any Christ Follower of Yashuah ha'Mashiah is how to live a Holy Life and must be understood before one will grow into Maturity of Knowledge and Living the Holy Life.  Please do a study of the use of the term Holy for it means more than the Life Style of our Elohim, the Triune God.

 

For a man to live a Holy Life does neither mean becoming a God nor does it mean living the Holy Life of our God, we are capable of neither.  I live the Holy Life, in that I live and I will stand in the breach for YHWH until my day of experiencing the First Death, the Death of the Natural Man, the Translation of the Saints of YHWH

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When I ran the Joints and decorated my bed with naked women I watched Football and lusted a great deal as I drank, ate and enjoyed the commercials. 
When then Multi-Million Dollar a year PLAYERS began needing their steady diet of naked girls, excess cash, limousines, worshipers and became Cry-Babies, they lost me and an enormous number of Loyal Fans.

 

For a couple of years, all I cared to see was the commercials and the Half Time Show, others felt the drag and I was no longer welcome at their Super Bowl Parties.  When I left the stage, it was a mixture of Rejection and attempts to reinstate a, basically, unknown C&W Voice.

 

Football has been, for some time now, making itself taste fowl in the minds of good people across the world.  As a learning member of the Family of YHWH I object to such events in the House of our God and avoiding, as best I can, being labeled a hypocrite, I will never again attend such parties and if I know of any filth, I avoid, as best I can, seeing and/or hearing it.

 

I try to live the Scriptures by being a visible, living, example of one living for YHWH, the Living God.  There is nothing more attacked and difficult than living the Holy Life.

 

Important to any Christ Follower of Yashuah ha'Mashiah is how to live a Holy Life and must be understood before one will grow into Maturity of Knowledge and Living the Holy Life.  Please do a study of the use of the term Holy for it means more than the Life Style of our Elohim, the Triune God.

 

For a man to live a Holy Life does neither mean becoming a God nor does it mean living the Holy Life of our God, we are capable of neither.  I live the Holy Life, in that I live and I will stand in the breach for YHWH until my day of experiencing the First Death, the Death of the Natural Man, the Translation of the Saints of YHWH, into the eternal presence of our Triune God Head.

 

I do not wish to divert this subject either and if somebody will discuss this Holy Life, please open a string and message me with the board messaging system.

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