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TUESDAY, AUG 29, 2017  |  36 comments  |  2 commentaries
Pro Sports To Christian Players And Fans: ‘We Don’t Want Your Kind Around Here’

The rapid mainstreaming of homosexuality now has a powerful ally, whose most important employees could find themselves choosing between their consciences and their careers. Professional sports, both individual teams and entire leagues, seek to enhance their brands by connecting promotions with the LGBT movement’s Pride campaign. Teams organize “Pride Nights,” including rainbow-themed merchandise, not only as marketing tools but as signs of their acquiescence to leftist views of social justice.

The National Basketball Association embraces those views. The league and its subsidiary, the Women’s National Basketball Association, became the first professional leagues to have a float in New York’s Pride March. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver not only stood on the float this year but waved a rainbow flag and threw themed towels to the crowd. Some attendees wore black T-shirts with the NBA emblem or team ...


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News Item8/31/17 8:43 PM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Thanks Dave. Carl, I hope all is well with you.
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News Item8/31/17 7:22 PM
Dave | Oz  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dave
Brother saint Christopher, well stated
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News Item8/30/17 3:34 PM
PaulB | Canada  Contact via emailFind all comments by PaulB
Dave wrote:
The truth can be offensive for those looking for justification of their lifestyles
Yep...when you threaten someone's idol, they will get upset and angry. This should be an eye-opener to them, but unfortunately, it just hardens most.
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News Item8/30/17 3:29 PM
Dave | Oz  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dave
The truth can be offensive for those looking for justification of their lifestyles
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News Item8/30/17 11:47 AM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
" .. they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh;
but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit."

" ... every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things.
Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible."

Rom 8 & I Cor 9

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News Item8/30/17 10:42 AM
PaulB | Canada  Contact via emailFind all comments by PaulB
It seems man will have his sin regardless. As Paul used real world illustrations so did Jesus. Can you honestly say that either would have attended the Olympics back then? Watching men run around naked, committing all sorts of sexual atrocities with each other in worship of false gods like Diana and such?

Seriously? I used those examples to make my point. Did I say you mentioned bartenders and strip club owners? No, of course not. But the parallel is exact. No more should a Christian be a football player or a basketball player or even a polo player than he should be a bartender or the like.

Can you read my comments without getting offended that your god is being called out?

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News Item8/30/17 8:46 AM
NeedHim  Find all comments by NeedHim
Interesting take from a former coach, turned Pastor, father of 8, in how sports & faith play out.

http://equip.sbts.edu/event/conferences/the-role-of-sports-in-family-discipleship/

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News Item8/30/17 7:27 AM
Carl in Greensboro | North Carolina  Contact via emailFind all comments by Carl in Greensboro
WOW again!!!

I had to re-read my posts to see if I said anything about Christians being bartenders, strippers, drinking beer, etc... and nope; they are not in my posts. Someone else added those to the discussion. I guess setting up and knocking down straw men is the best way some can get their point across.

Behold, Christ has seasoned salty disciples all over the world and I'm glad He doesn't need our permission where He wants to use us. I didn't see little Zach resigning from being a publican (i.e. tax collector) when he repented. Why? Because tax collecting is a benign profession; only the extortioners gave it a bad name.

And what can be more benign than playing sports? Sports! When homosexuals come out of the closet in sports does that mean Christians should quit? Makes them quitters, not conquerors. Maybe some of us are/were not sports-inclined, maybe a Charlie Brown in baseball.

Here's my straw man. I know some preachers and teachers that are steeped in error. Heretics. There are even homosexuals standing in some pulpits. Maybe Christian preachers should get out of the church business all together before their reputation get sullied.

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News Item8/30/17 7:26 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Paul was meeting them on their terms while using real world examples they could relate to in order to clarify his points in ways they would well understand.
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News Item8/30/17 1:40 AM
Dave | Oz  Contact via emailFind all comments by Dave
Would you truly compare these brief not all in the positive reference to physical exercise to today's sports people, and culture?
God bless
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News Item8/30/17 12:00 AM
PaulB | Canada  Contact via emailFind all comments by PaulB
Geoff wrote:
It was a joy to see so many posting here rejecting these vanities of the world and walking in the narrow way of righteousness. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it was a great encouragement to me.
You're quite welcome, Geoff.

It's hard sometimes but we must stand for the truth. We must go against the flow. We must stand firm even when our brothers and sister ridicule us.

Even Jesus' own family thought He was nuts.

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News Item8/29/17 11:05 PM
Geoff | Reformed Baptist - Atlanta  Find all comments by Geoff
It was a joy to see so many posting here rejecting these vanities of the world and walking in the narrow way of righteousness. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it was a great encouragement to me.
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News Item8/29/17 10:50 PM
PaulB | Canada  Contact via emailFind all comments by PaulB
You're right...I guess Paul would have been right there at Super Bowl, drinking beer, paitning his stomach, watching the half time show...so he could be all things to all men...interesting reasoning my friend.
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News Item8/29/17 10:27 PM
Carl in Greensboro | North Carolina  Contact via emailFind all comments by Carl in Greensboro
WOW!!!

I wonder how our beloved Apostle Paul got all those wonderful sports metaphors like connecting with a punch instead of beating the air, or running and competing in the (Olympic) games to win, or (gasp) wrestling? And to use them to teach us spiritual lessons.

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News Item8/29/17 6:59 PM
PaulB | Canada  Contact via emailFind all comments by PaulB
I still kick a ball around and such with my family and we still ride bikes and ride horses and jump in puddles...but my children know for a fact that there is no place for a Christian in competitive sports. Just take a look at a bunch of girls playing rugby. Feminine? I don't think so. How about a bunch of boys trying to behead their opponents in high-school football? How about wrestling? That's a sport too. Any place for a Christian to annihilate his opponent with a serious of painful submission moves?
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News Item8/29/17 6:50 PM
Chris G P | England  Find all comments by Chris G P
Many, many years ago, when by and large sports were not played on Sundays, when many national and international sports were either totally amateur or whatever was paid was not very much, when there was at least a code of honour of some sort, and a real sense of identity with your city, locality, school or college, or whatever the team represented, there may have been some possible excuse, perhaps for a Christian, that is a truly born again Christian, to have been in sports

Now because of big money, commercial sponsorship, corruption, political correctness, the adulation of the fans, playing on Sundays, and many other factors, there is not really any place for a Christian to play sport in any serious kind of way.

I am not referring to a Christian kicking a football about with his sons, or a few people getting together at their local park on an irregular basis to play a little tennis now and then, or a little informal basketball practice at the local hoops in the park, but anything more than that is these days, I feel would be highly questionable, and not a good use of one's time as a Christian.

I was never a big sports watcher or listener on TVs or radio, but nowadays, even the little I used to do, I no longer see any point in doing for the above reasons!!!

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News Item8/29/17 6:45 PM
PaulB | Canada  Contact via emailFind all comments by PaulB
How many times have I had this discussion with others. I used to love sports. Being an active, strong guy, I have participated in hockey, baseball, soccer, powerlifting, just to name a few...but that was before God saved me. After which, God showed me the folly of following rank sinners and taking my eyes off of the ONLY reason I'm on earth--to preach the Gospel.

How many "Christians" go to sports games and paint themselves up, and yell and scream for three hours?! Oh, but it's a wonderful chance to evangelize! Yeah right. These idolizers wouldn't dare open up their mouths for anything for fear of getting beat up or ejected. I would love to see someone stand up in the middle of 20,000 screaming fans and start preaching the Gospel. They would be thrown out or arrested before the beer glass hit the ground.

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News Item8/29/17 6:37 PM
UK Christian  Find all comments by UK Christian
Dave wrote:
Show me a professional sportsman, that isn't driven by pride and lust
Fits the majority of professing Christians also who follow sports. Proud of their local team, fist pumping, over bearing, boasting of their mini gods--whether 'their team' or personal individual hero. Pouring over articles and stats on their beloved heroes whose lives are often anything but an example to our young folk; but hey he's in my team and my hero! One would think we were participating with the worldly crowd in their act of religious sporting devotion and enjoying it rather more than the joy a Sabbath Day well spent with our God. How many prefer sports on the Lord's Day and would gladly cancel Christian worship to watch their team in some final instead!! Sports have become a substitute 'god' for many. Odes and chants to our heroes replacing hymns and psalms to our God. The Sabbath delight is attending the football stadium, the cathedral on the hill, on the Lord's day. The Devil doesn't have to try hard to take up a believer's time...he just needs to introduce a remote control and the sports channels. If it isn't sports it will be movies and TV or something on the internet that will promote some form of lust. May God deliver us from our devotions
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News Item8/29/17 6:36 PM
NeedHim  Find all comments by NeedHim
A interesting read from a Reformed perspective of Sports & basically how one can recite, specific stats about players, standings, & etc. But very little concern for their own soul or others around them.

https://www.the-highway.com/idolatryofsports_Boerkoel.html

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News Item8/29/17 5:30 PM
PaulB | Canada  Contact via emailFind all comments by PaulB
Dave wrote:
Show me a professional sportsman, that isn't driven by pride and lust
Exactly my point. Thank you Dave.
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