I used to be a captain for a sub-junior soccer team in school. So, I’m not against sports. And my wife is from Uruguay, where people would even go so far as to kill each other for loosing in a soccer game. But when someone gets saved and baptized, how many of us truly rejoice with the person- especially if we don’t know him/her well. When someone preaches about the greatest victory won on the Cross, how do we Christians respond? How do we respond to such a glorious text as Colossians 2: 15?
“He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”
But when someone plays sport, everyone gathers to party for the winners and their favorite sport stars– though they may not even have any personal relationship with them at all. They also go the extra-mile of arriving at the location early. They book the seats in advance. They wear different clothing and color their faces- all for sports. They’ll do anything and everything in preparation for such an event. Perhaps there’s no community like the community that happens when there’s sports. But the greatest accomplishment that history has ever witnessed is what happened on that wooden cross- where a sinless Savior came to conquer what no earthly king can ever defeat– sin, Satan and death. Can it be that something is fundamentally wrong with the inclination of our hearts? Pastor David was here in Japan. And my wife and I had the privilege to have dinner with him, along with other friends. I love his insight into this. Listen to how he explains this whole thing in this short clip; and read how C.S Lewis diagnoses our heart problems below:-
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition [sports] when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses