Many of you are going to dislike what I have to say in this post. Just fair warning…
As I wrote in one of my last posts we’re in a world now that is completely counter to the truths of the Bible. We’re entering new territory for Christians in this country and that’s going to require that we draw some stark lines in the sand. We are going to have to train ourselves and our children to be confident in standing in stark contrast with the priorities of this world.
With our youth, one are that we’re going to have to start with is sports and extracurricular activities. These activities have become so dominant in the life of today’s youth. They are all consuming. They take of 4 to 7 days of the week for hours on end. There are games every Saturday and often Sundays.
We as Christians are still feeling compelled to keep up with the Jones’ and run the rat race that the rest of culture demands. We need to realize that often we are going along with society’s priorities and not God’s.
We are forgetting that our job is not to train youth to succeed in school or to get a college soccer scholarship. Our job is to train a generation of Christian soldiers. Our job is to train youth for their eternal destiny not for the ball field.
Am I against sports? Of course not! I make my living teaching a “sport.” What I’m against is Christians hopping on the cultures bandwagon because it’s “what everyone’s doing!” We are to be set apart. We are in the world but not of the world.
If we’re making sure our child is practicing hours upon hours a week of some sport shouldn’t we be making sure they’re spending at least that much time in the Word, in community with other believers, and in corporate worship? What we spend our time on shows our priorities and I’m afraid far to many families are spending way more time on the field then they are in the pews.
I bet if we spent as much time training our youth in the Bible and Christian apologetics as we did helping them be top athletes we wouldn’t have youth leaving the church in droves when they leave home.
It’s time to draw a line in the sand and say, “These worldly activities are fine but they only come AFTER we’ve focused on our eternal priorities!”