Glorifying God in Sports

July 14, 2009

game day

I’ve recently been reading and posting quotes from Future Men, Doug Wilson’s provocative book (aren’t all his books provocative?) about raising boys with the end in mind — the end being godly manhood.  Yesterday’s quote had to do with glorifying God in sports.

How does a follower of Jesus glorify God in sports?  Not by holding back in competition or by refusing to keep score or by calling everybody a winner, especially when all the kids on the team know that’s not true.  No, we glorify God in sports by…. By what?

Parents, if you’re not sure how to answer this question, you ought to pick up the excellent little book by Stephen Altrogge called Game Day for the Glory of God. You can check it out of our church library or order it here.  Our sons and daughters need us to teach them how to play and to win and to lose as Christians, not how to feel good about themselves regardless of their performance.  If they carry the latter way of thinking over into their relationship with Jesus, they will find themselves not needing a Savior at all.

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3 Responses to “Glorifying God in Sports”

  1. Ken Says:

    So I guess we are not starting an “Upward” basketball team at Concord??

  2. Wes R Says:

    A long time ago I helped a friend coach a little league baseball team, and the thing I remember the most is the cussing that he took from a mom whose kid didn’t make the all-star team. For all of its faults I’d still take Upward over that kind of stuff every time. Besides, the kids keep score anyway, and when I coach we play to win. (Please don’t tell anyone.)

  3. Ron Durham Says:

    Sounds like a great book and a very worthy read; I definitely want to pick this one up from the church library soon as I get the chance and give it a read. Though I’m not as big on sports as some men are I appreciate the value of sports not only for fun but also for building Godly values into the lives of men. Ken, we’ll let you be the coach if you promise to read the book 🙂


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