Athletes say spirituality helps during tough times
Published: Saturday, Aug. 27 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT
A good article to ask this question on.Do you believe that God
intervenes in sports games?meaning, do you believe that God cares
who wins and affects the outcomes?
Di Luigi - "So really," he said as he trotted off the practice field,
"you can't lose!"How long until this quote becomes fodder
for Utah fans trying to hyperventilate that a BYU player thinks they can't lose?
NFL athletes put their own personal gain ahead of God and choose to spend their
careers breaking the Sabbath...Considering this is smiled upon (or
at least OKed) by the Church membership as a whole, then I guess I'd say yes,
there is nothing incompatible about faith and football.
"Christian ideals help you get through the game," added Rogers'
teammate [Ute player], Luke Matthews, a wide receiver and a Christian from
Phoenix, Ariz. "Sure, we're competitive out there. We play hard, and we
want to win. But as a Christian I don't hate my opponents."Proof positive that Max was wrong.And non-LDS player Di Luigi and
coach Weber are proof that stereotypes that BYU players are all LDS and non-LDS
players and coaches can't enjoy being at BYU are are wrong.
Does any know first hand if some players were actually told that they will do
more for their church by playing pro than by going on a mission?
For at least three decades in the past century (50's, 60's and 70's) the
explanation for BYU's win-loss record was the standard "how can you go off
for two years saying 'bless you brother' and then come home to play aggressive
football? FORTUNATELY... we have overcome!
I really like this article. You always hear about BYU and faith but you hardly
hear it from other schools. It's a breath of fresh air to hear that others feel
the same way.
Good article. And I believe NFL players can be just as faithful, even if they
play on Sundays. Give me a break!
TV has taught me that God intervenes in sporting events. He picks winners, and
by definition, losers. Same thing for celebrity awards ceremonies. In a world
with famine and war, the big guy is in front of the tube on Sunday.
If you think football fans are fanatical, you ought to see soccer in Europe or
True. There is nothing incompatible about faith and football, EXCEPT when it is
played on the Sabbath Day (Sunday). Why not move all pro football games to
Monday or Tuesday nights when it could be FHE (Family Home Evening or Football
Home Evening, however the head of the family decides (after consultation with
the wife & kids). Fridays remain for high schools, Saturdays for colleges.
The true modern-day Moroni will NEVER play football on Sunday.
If you take Mormon scripture at face value, the Prince of Peace did a real
number on various Nephite towns a while back. Laman, Gilgal, Gad, Jacobugath,
Mocum, and so forth got big steaming helpings of divine whup-deleted, with all
kinds of fire, floods, earthquakes, whirlwinds, buryings-alive, and other
unpleasantness. And the Book of Revelation? Just wait 'til He *really* gets
ticked off.Makes a spine-crushing blindside tackle seem almost like
a sweet little baby hug, in comparison. Football isn't just compatible with
Christianity, it's darn near Quaker in comparison with what scripture records.
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