The Reason for Sports: A Christian Manifesto   Leave a comment

There’s a new book out by Ted Cluck… it has Jesus and it has sports. What more do you need? Here’s an excerpt:

Part of the appeal of the Rocky movies…is that Rocky seemed to care about only two things in life–beating whoever was in front of him at the time, and his wife, Adrian. This is appealing on both an athletic and a romantic level. His life seemed stripped of many of the complications that we experience. When he was training–doing one-armed push-ups, drinking egg yolks, running, and hitting the punching bag (and, in Rocky III, even racing and then frolicking in the surf with Apollo in one of the worst scenes in American cinema)–he seemed to want for nothing expect victory. This singleness of purpose is something that Christian guys long for but rarely achieve in our spiritual lives (111-12).

Two things that come to mind. First, the Rocky III scene with Apollo is absolutely atrotious. If you haven’t seen it, watch in horror:
Second, I think we rarely think about the ramifications of our sports watching. We rarely consider how we are glorifying God in watching it or how we can learn to greater glorify God through watching it… but we can (to some extent).

The book is only $11 on Amazon and the author, Ted Kluck, is a Christian writer for ESPN. Here’s another excerpt from his book:

In sports,  as in postmodern society, the idea that there is sin (and therefore true repentance) is ludicrous. Athletes apologize because they have to. They apologize because they’ve been caught. Luis Castillo, who is by all accounts a great guy, got caught taking steroids to heal an injury before the NFL combines, where scouts and executives check out athletes before the NFL draft. He apologized afterward, essentially for getting caught, sending a letter to each and every NFL club “apologizing” for his “mistake.” He was still drafted in the first round and is a millionaire today. In sports, repentance means being acquitted or having the charges dropped…

What they [sports apologies] all have in common is a complete inability to actually apologize for what they’ve done wrong (20).

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Posted September 10, 2009 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

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