Playing sport



What should a soccer player, or a basketball player, or a volley player, or a baseball player etc., do after his conversion to Christ? He must stop playing. You will ask: ‘Why?’ For the following reasons. Because the sporting world is perverse. You can hear bad words, blasphemes, and see fits of rage during the trainings as well as during the championship matches. In addition to this, those who play soccer and basketball sometimes must use cunning and that’s something which is not fitting for the saints. Nor is fitting for the saints to use violence towards a player of the opposite team by causing him to fall to the ground or by tripping him up, or by striking their elbow in his stomach or in his face (running continually the risk of harming both themselves and the opposite player). Furthermore, the sport environment is an environment where you have to show off your body, your muscles, and obviously everybody tries to make his own body more beautiful by playing body building for instance, or by using all kinds of creams and so on. And this is not a right thing in the sight of God. Then the sport environment is full of fornicators and adulterers, and many women with a crafty heart into whose traps it’s very easy to fall. Another reason is that both the trainings and the official matches cause you to miss sometimes all the worship meetings and some other times just some of them.

Finally, I want to warn you, brothers, against the soccer games between churches which are so in fashion in these days. Do not play them, lest you wear shorts in the presence of those sisters who come to see the match, you trip up and kick some brothers, and you get angry very often with the risk of saying bad words. “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness” (Ephesians 5:11 – NKJV), have a serious conduct.

Are the saints forbidden to do any bodily exercise then? No, we cannot affirm that they are not allowed to do any bodily exercises. However, even though we are allowed to do some bodily exercises, the Scripture says that “bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things” (1 Timothy 4:8 – NKJV). Therefore, the Scripture with these words does not encourage believers to spend their time doing bodily exercises rather it encourages them to pursue godliness.