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"It matters a great deal who is going to win, but not at all who won"

Willie John McBride, Irish Rugby player

My way or the highway

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? James 4:1

We live in a culture that seems to say, if I want it, I will take it by force. There have been more wars in the 20th century than in any century before it. We may be technologically advanced but not in character. The world is full of tyrants and dictators who rule for their own gain, not the good of their people.

And it is not just in governments that you find tyrants. Many of us have played under coaches who were bullies, who always had to be right, who humiliated players who dared to disagree with them. Some of us may have experienced similar types of leadership in the church.

The Christian should have no part of this. In the following verses the key words that James uses are "humble, submit, purify". We are to choose God's way not the world's. We are to take our example from Jesus who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross! (Phil 2:6-8).

As we represent Christ in the world of sport, let us aim to do so in a spirit of humility - not pushing for out own position but acting in the interests of others.

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