Lately it's been a real eye-opener to see how our young people view sports!
It started when my husband held up a piece of blue fabric with white symbols sewn on it (a girl's purse) and jokinly teased the owner that he was going to burn it. Another girl yelled, "Don't do that! It's holy!" Holy???? Holy? We are now calling sports paraphernalia holy? I couldn't believe it! Holy from a regular Websters dictionary is 1. sacred 2. sinless 3. deserving reverence. Wow! Does a sports team even come close to being sacred or sinless? Most of the players don't even know the God who is Holy! They would leave the team to play on the next one that paid better.
Then my husband posted a picture of a sports hat burning and someone commented it's as burning the American flag! Man, such shockingness in one week! The flag that represents our freedom. So many have given their lives for it! The founders came here to have freedom to worship their God without persecution and we hold a sports hat/team as dear?!?! This has been very shocking to me!
I once heard a speaker I respect say he won't get involved with sports at all and I'm starting to really wonder if it's the best way to go. Sports seem to be such a god of this world and we let our children take part in the idolatry! I admit, our boys are just as into their teams,, I hope not to the point of calling them holy or like our flag, but they follow them quite closely. They can tell you the players names, stats, scores and other stuff I don't understand (can you tell I'm NOT into sports!!). I sure hope they can keep the idol of sports out of their hearts and remember it's supposed to be for fun!?!?! So much to deal with in today's world! Lord, give us wisdom!!