"Football is not a matter of life and death, it is more important than that."
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy Exodus 20:8
Now if we were to attempt to apply this text to the world of sport, we would have to answer two questions: Is the Jewish Sabbath the same as the Christian Sunday? and Is sport unholy? I leave you to think about these questions!
While this issue is very much culture bound - the way a Christian in Northern Ireland views Sunday is generally quite different from how a Christian in France views Sunday - and that is within the same continent!
Sunday sport is, however, a major issue for Christians in the UK, with so much sport especially youth sport taking place on Sunday mornings. For many who have no theological problems with Sunday sport, the predominance of Sunday games causes a practical problem. You want to play sport and you want to be part of the church.
It is not possible to do justice to this issue in a sport email but here are four principles:
- Share the dilemma with your church leadership and get them involved in supporting you in the decision you make.
- Check if there is an alternative to Sunday morning.
- Look for a Christian alternative. If you decide to play on Sunday mornings then look for a Christian group which meets another time of the week
- Finally, whatever decision you take, go for it with all your might.