To the Frontlines of Faith – Jocks for Jesus
Key Bible Verse: “Paul and Silas have turned the rest of the world upside down, and now they are here.” – Acts 17:6
Bonus Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:14b-16
There’s a dynamic Christian presence within organized sports. Why?
Because Christians decided years ago to infiltrate that community with the salt of the gospel.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes has a ministry in almost every high school and college in America. Athletes in Action provides a way for Christian athletes to win a hearing for the gospel.
Every team in Major League Baseball, the NFL, and the NBA has a chaplain, who provides for weekly chapel services and disciples team members and coaches.
The World Series, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, All-Star Games, major coaching conventions, and NCAA meetings all have prayer breakfasts, luncheons with Christian speakers, or special Bible studies. Many well-known stars make their commitment to Christ very public.
Faith is present in the sports community because believers didn’t run away the minute alcohol was served in a stadium, when games were played on Sunday, when gambling entered the picture.
Instead, they reasoned that because these troubling elements were a part of sports, that was all the more reason for Christians to stay and add as much salt as possible.
—Bob Briner in Roaring Lambs
My Response: How could a similar visibility of respected Christian leaders alter my field?
Thought to Apply: Salt retards spoilage. It doesn’t prevent it. I shudder to think about the condition of sports without Christian influence.—Bob Briner
Adapted from Think Before You Look (Living Ink Books, 2005)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, help me to penetrate my corner of Your world with the salt of the gospel.