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    Jason Bramble
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    I notice alot of Christians once they get serious tend to hate sports. I am fairly serious in my walk but I still like sports. Mainly Soccer. However I do notice that when I go to sports people treat it like an idol lately. I dont’ sing the inappropriate songs/chants etc etc. I lately started thinking of the home field(BMO Field here in Toronto) as a kind of temple and the team Toronto FC is thought to be a religion the way I see people acting in the stands. I don’t act that way and I still want to cheer for the team since i’ve invested 11 years going on 12. And thousands of dollars in season ticket since the team emerged.

    Is it possible to be a Christian and still seriously like sports? I mean we won the championship last year first time in the club history, and while i was really happy. I kinda just cheered at the stadium met up with some friends for some wings and went home before 10PM. While all my old supporter buddies were partying till dawn.

    How about you guys n gals? anyone still have a sport they like? have you found yourself less passionate about it since taking Christ more seriously?

    #5987

    Tony Koretz
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    I notice alot of Christians once they get serious tend to hate sports. I am fairly serious in my walk but I still like sports. Mainly Soccer. However I do notice that when I go to sports people treat it like an idol lately. I dont’ sing the inappropriate songs/chants etc etc. I lately started thinking of the home field(BMO Field here in Toronto) as a kind of temple and the team Toronto FC is thought to be a religion the way I see people acting in the stands. I don’t act that way and I still want to cheer for the team since i’ve invested 11 years going on 12. And thousands of dollars in season ticket since the team emerged.

    Is it possible to be a Christian and still seriously like sports? I mean we won the championship last year first time in the club history, and while i was really happy. I kinda just cheered at the stadium met up with some friends for some wings and went home before 10PM. While all my old supporter buddies were partying till dawn.

    How about you guys n gals? anyone still have a sport they like? have you found yourself less passionate about it since taking Christ more seriously?

    I have always been really keen on two sports that are not big in the USA or Canada. They are rugby and cricket. But I will be honest in saying that last year I never watched or listened to one single rugby match on TV or radio, and didn’t go to a game at all either. My enthusiasm in following cricket is not near what it once was either. It’s all become so ultra-commercialised and as you say people almost worship heir home teams. In the past I would watch every cricket and rugby international match in which NZ is involved…..but now I feel somewhat estranged from it all. Thtat’s not to say I won’t watch them- but I don’t have near the same level of caring about it that I did before.

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    #5995

    Jason Bramble
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    did you care when NZ was in the World Cup of Soccer? Just curiously i mean.

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    #6022

    Moritz
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    While I don´t follow the Bundesliga I have to admit that like every German man I routinely turn into a fan of True Football (as in: use-the-foot-to-play-the-ball, also known as soccer I guess) precisely every four years during the World Cup or the Euro Cup.

    Oh, I actually remember how New Zealand played Italy 1-1 in 2010. Always funny when an underdog surprises everyone, like Iceland beating England two years ago in the last Euro Cup lol. And they´re also starting in the World Cup 2018 in Russia, actually playing Argentina in their first match, so watch out for them.

    #6026

    Tony Koretz
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    did you care when NZ was in the World Cup of Soccer? Just curiously i mean.

    Yes I think everyone here followed the NZ team when they were in the soccer world cup

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    #6027

    Tony Koretz
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    While I don´t follow the Bundesliga I have to admit that like every German man I routinely turn into a fan of True Football (as in: use-the-foot-to-play-the-ball, also known as soccer I guess) precisely every four years during the World Cup or the Euro Cup.

    Oh, I actually remember how New Zealand played Italy 1-1 in 2010. Always funny when an underdog surprises everyone, like Iceland beating England two years ago in the last Euro Cup lol. And they´re also starting in the World Cup 2018 in Russia, actually playing Argentina in their first match, so watch out for them.

    Yes I remember NZ also did well in a soccer world cup in the early 1980’s as well. AS far as sports go in NZ. Rugby and cricket are the two most popular sports. But tennis, hockey, soccer, netball and basketball all have a fairly good following as well.

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    #6028

    M.E.
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    So is the US the only country that does (non-foot 😂) football? I’m not into sports. I like to watch ice skating and bull riding, though not often. But I am really curious now because in the US football is a huge deal.

    #6029

    Moritz
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    So is the US the only country that does (non-foot ) football?

    Pretty much. Same with baseball (I´ve no idea how this game even works).

    The only American Sport that has become somewhat popular a thing over here is basketball. Our basketball league has a market share of 0,3% on TV, while soccer has about 30% and is therefore literally a hundred times more popular. Which is a shame because I actually like basketball as a sport and followed the NBA as a kid.

    Back to American football: I only turned on your Superbowl once to watch the latest half-time Illuminati show and then turned it off again afterwards. But when I was in Ireland I also watched some Gaelic football and this seemed really entertaining, like football mixed with rugby. So while there technically are multiple sports that are different variations of football, for the vast majority of countries (Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America) soccer is the football

    #6030

    Moritz
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    I notice alot of Christians once they get serious tend to hate sports. I am fairly serious in my walk but I still like sports.

    Hey Jason,

    the following is an actual quote by Dr. Martin Luther:

    Luther was big into music, singing and dancing. He stated that if you are laughing and celebrating and have a great dinner with your friends – then Jesus is included into all the joy and merriment. So, he said, you could serve God not only with your works but also with your leisure time.

    By the way, here´s also a link to an excellent article about Luther’s humour “The Reformers liberated laughter”, by Lutheran theologian Professor Werner Thiede:
    https://www.luther2017.de/en/martin-luther/history-stories/the-reformers-liberated-laughter/?ignoreOldBrowserWarning=1%2FAnna

    Martin Luther even explained how he made it through the worst times in his life: “When I was unable to chase away the devil with serious words of with the Scripture, I often expelled him with pranks.” So if he had a twitter account back then, he would have posted probably his 95 theses and 9500 memes in the first year.

    Luther would have disagreed very strongly with the puritan form of protestantism that sadly became dominant in North America (and so do I, if that´s not obvious enough). I guess you already know the “holier-than-thou”-types of Christians who give you a hard time for going to a sports event on your day off. Whatever.

    #6031

    Jason Bramble
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    oh yeah it’s amazing how regularly hear “I dont see the word fun in the Bible” from those types. But Jesus went to a wedding……isn’t that fun?????? Just cos a word isn’t in there doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

    #6050

    Tony Koretz
    Keymaster

    It’s definitely important to be able to have fun and laugh too. I can’t relate to people who have no sense of humour. God created the ability to laugh!

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    #6055

    Dianna Bonner
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    Jason, I still love to have fun and laugh a lot but I guess I just look at everything so differently now. So many things seem trivial when you consider we’re in the end-times but I also think it’s important to have as much fun as you can before we won’t have a choice in the matter.
    My favorite sport is hockey though I feel somewhat guilty about it! It can be rather violent with everyone whipped into a frenzy just hoping for the gloves to come off – which they inevitably do. It’s fast-paced, holds my attention, and doesn’t seem to drag on like some sports. I don’t really care for American football, basketball or baseball; didn’t grow up with soccer so don’t really care for it. I did play rugby in college (intramural) and that was so much fun! Partied a bit too much back then but traveled and have some really great memories of that time.
    I think the biggest difference for me since becoming a Christian is that I feel like an outsider. I sort of look at all the people wherever I go and can’t help but wonder about their salvation or if they even know what’s coming. I constantly have to push aside melancholy thoughts to enjoy the present moment.
    I think you’ve got plenty of company with how you’re feeling. 🙂

    #6078

    Jason Bramble
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    I like hockey too. Was Die hard Leafs when I was young. Kinda cooled off lately. Prefer Soccer now.

    #6098

    Moritz
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    David Wood posted a very nice scene on his youtube channel:
    Benjamin Watson has been an NFL tight end for the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, and Baltimore Ravens. He preached the gospel after receiving the Bart Starr Award at the 2018 Super Bowl Breakfast

    Cool guy. In my opinion there´s nothing wrong with being a rich and famous sportstar as long as you act responsible and use your fame and fortune to promote Jesus. If the industry offers you a platform, use it! „Be wise as serpents!“ (Matthew 10:16) I´m sure this is more productive for the kingdom than just turning that award down and not showing up because the show is about making $$ for the network.

    @ Jason:

    When it comes to soccer, a lot of our current world champions like Schweinsteiger, Schürrle and team captain Philipp Lahm are confessing Christians, including Mertesacker who also works as an ambassador for evangelical charities and of course Mario Götze who scored the victory goal in the world cup final.

    Götze is a very humble person and talked a lot about his relationship with God on social media and gave him all the glory for his success and talent. So I´m glad he was the one to become a national hero on that day and an actual valueable role model for the youth. German Christian media outlets are thankfully using him and his teammates as examples and talking points when they try to reach people for the gospel. I think this is an excellent strategy because there must be a lot of fans who normally don´t even think about questions of faith. Also I now have an convenient excuse to post the video of the goal and watch it for the millionth time, haha

    #6130

    Jason Bramble
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    you just blew my mind. I didn’t know that about those German players. I know there’s a ton of Catholics in Football. But thats normal its popular in Catholic dominated countries.

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