Major sports magazine asks how compatible is the culture of football with Christianity?
Faith and football is the topic of the latest Sports Illustrated cover story, “In the Fields of The Lord” (February 4, 2013).
In this piece, writer Mark Oppenheimer explores the intersection of Christianity and the sports culture permeating football – questioning whether the two are really compatible. He suggests that the violence of football and the temptations that often come with the life of a professional athlete are issues which do and should have an effect on Christians, especially athletes.
Here, Oppenheimer asks the tough question, “…what if, instead of bringing a Christian culture to sports, these evangelists allowed the coarseness, idolatry and materialism of sports to infect players’ faith?”
Of course, how Christians steward their faith in the public arena is a topic we see addressed in the Bible. And while many Faith Driven Consumers watch football on Saturdays and Sundays – as well as play it during the week – this Sports Illustrated article is a good reminder that the world is watching Christians and their actions both on and off the field.
Faith Driven Consumers are called to be good stewards of their time, talent and treasure and remember that football is just a game – one that can either attract others to the Gospel message, or detract.
As we watch and enjoy the Super Bowl and all of its related festivities this Sunday, consider the ways in which the deeply held American tradition of football connects to how we live out our Christian faith and worldview.
Are we being good witnesses to the outside world of all that we say and do?