by Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com ) Friday Feb 3rd, 2012
There's nothing wrong with sports, and watching them every so often can be fun and relaxing. The Super Bowl and other sports really foster the spirit of competition.
It's the spirit of the world, the "me first" spirit--do what's best for yourself, win no matter who you have to hurt or step on in order to get ahead of the next guy. That's the spirit of the world, which is just the opposite of what Jesus wants to teach people--to love your neighbor as yourself. Of course, some form of sports is fine. It's good exercise and can be good fellowship time with others. But things in the world are so different, and when athletes get to the professional level where they're being paid to win, it gets extremely competitive. It becomes almost a life-and-death spirit. For example, the soccer players in the World Cup practically ran themselves to exhaustion, suffered injuries and bruises, and still kept playing, because they wanted to win no matter what it cost them physically!
Ted Rudow III, MA