Wednesday, 4 February 2015
There is nothing wrong with sport in itself.
What is wrong with sport is the win-at-all-costs attitude and philosophy which has grown up around it.
No one likes a loser.
Losing is pain.
Winning is being successful.
No one likes a failure.
Failure is humiliation.
But Jesus said, "'many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.'" Mark 10:31 (NRSV)
This refers to the values of the Kingdom of God as set out in the Beatitudes.
And these values are the opposite of the values of the world.
"'For the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance; but the Lord looks on the heart.'" 1 Samuel 16:7b (NRSV)
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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