Okay, I have to begin by stating that I am a HUGE sports fan. I especially love college and professional football. I also enjoy Major League Baseball, but rarely ever watch it since the games are not televised on local television stations (I do not have cable or satellite).
However, the last few years I have been wondering if Christians should restrain from the sports culture that we live in here in the United States. Here are a few reasons why I have been thinking about this:
- First, it is obvious that professional, and even college sports are deeply ingrained in our culture. Sporting events are multi-billion dollar industries here. For many, life revolves around cheering on their favorite teams and owning the relevant merchandise. We could even say that sports and specific athletes have become gods to some.
- Secondly, the owners and athletes involved in professional sports make ridiculous amounts of money. They are some of the highest paid people in our society. I am not against a person making money or even being wealthy, but something is wrong when a person who plays a game makes more money than doctors, CEOs, etc.
- Lastly, with all of the wealth and fame that being a professional athlete brings, there seems to be an unusually high amount of negligent behavior from this group of young elites. Am I an enabler as a fan who gives my money and encouragement to these people? Would I serve this group of people better by removing my money and praise so that they are hopefully forced to live in a world that is more realistic and holds them equally accountable for their actions?
What do you think? How should Christians think about professional sports?