March Madness, Athletic Achievement, and Christians in Competitive Sports
Are athletic achievement and fierce competition sheer madness for the Christian?
It’s a question essential not just for the celebrated Tim Tebows and Jeremy Lins, but also to a handful of unknown Christians playing in this weekend’s NCAA Tourney, and thousands (if not millions) of Christians worldwide engaged in highly skilled and highly competitive athletics.
Achievement and competition are two related, but distinct, topics for the Christian. What follows is seven Christian reflections on athletic achievement and a pair of biblical observations related to Christians in competitive sports.
7 Reflections on Athletic Achievement
1) God could have created us to be just a pair of eyes, beholding his glory and being perfectly content — but he didn’t. He gave us bodies.
The body is a staggering gift, and it enables us to be creators, achievers and accomplishers of remarkable things. In Genesis 1:27–28, God gives humanity the mandate to exercise…