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Published: Wednesday, June 25 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Huntsville, UT

"Why are you focused on the mote in your brother's eye when there is a beam in your own?"

- Jesus

Todays so-called "Christians" pick and choose which commandments they'll observe. "Keep the Sabbath day holy." Unless theres something you want to do that day.

Keep your eyes on everyone elses sins so that your own aren't noticed.


It's a big world, and since you are sitting there with your son WATCHING SPORTS isn't is safe to say it's best not to judge those 1 million people?
I will go to a sporting event, a NFL game would be a chance of a lifetime for me, do I qualify for worshiping sports?

Sports are a great avenue to keep physically fit, and focused on life. As with anything you can take it too far.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

Maybe they aren't worshiping sports. Maybe they are just having fun with their families, friends, and the other folks in the stadium. Not everyone "worships" in the manner that you want them to. No conspiracy, no malfeasance, just people having fun.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

'according to Webster, "Idolatry"is “the worship of idols or excessive devotion to, or reverence for some person or thing.”

Watch the behavior of church attendees and the same people at football games and tell me there isn't just a little bit of idolatry going on!

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Maybe those folks were taking friends and family members to the sporting events?

All I get out of this letter is that Russell has no problem going to sporting events yet somehow doesn't believe anyone else should.

With all the filth out there, AM radio, porn, drugs, racism, corrupt politicians who shut down our government, greedy Wall Street, etc sports is hardly something we should be concerned about.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

BTW - until you have been to Centurylink Field in Seattle to sit among the Seahawks fans for a game, you haven't lived.

clearfield, UT

As long as sports, or anything else, like TV, video games, pop music and its icons, and even work, does not become a replacement for God, then it's probably not a really bad thing. After all, most churches and religions do not want or expect their followers to become monks, who spend 24 hours a day doing nothing but praying, pondering, and studying the scriptures.

Sandy, UT

I fail to see anything of value in this letter.

Salt Lake City, UT

If Russell's son were Steve Young, or Danny Ainge, or Dale Murphy, or Jimmer Fredette, I'm betting he would watch sports on Sunday and not consider it worship or violating the Sabbath.

Russell, I'm sure the good people of Nephi thank you for protecting them from succumbing to temptation. Keep it up.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

It says in 1 Corinthians 3:16–17 that the body is a temple of god, and many religions believe that practices that unnecessarily harm the body such as smoking, drinking, and excessive eating are sins, or at least, ill advised.

If this is true how can a parent condone their children playing football, or participating in boxing? Both sports have been shown to seriously harm the body, and potentially cause brain damage.

Is playing football a sin?

American Fork, UT

Isn't being able to go to a football game part and parcel of the freedoms of this great land? Besides, isn't the sabbath, which I take it is the underlying tone of your letter, on Saturday?
Maybe you will have to accept that people truly are emancipating themselves from the damage religion does in their lives, and enjoying life more for it.

Demo Dave
Holladay, UT

Sports have become a panacea for the problems of our times. Instead of dealing with real issues, too many people live in a fantasy world where sports make them feel heroic or important even though they have no direct affiliation with their favorite team.

When their team wins, they feel like winners, even though they had nothing to do with it. Conversely, when their team loses, too many of them can't handle the loss. Some get depressed, beat their wives, drink, etc.

Sports mania is a social disease.

Provo, UT

Russell Bender demonstrating through letter the "tolerance" of the religious right.

Thanks Russell, for judging and criticizing others. Thank you for Expressing prideful indignation towards your fellow man. That's exactly the attitude our savior encouraged...

Orem, UT

Russell, I truly hate to see you shouldering all of this burden. Let`s split up the work, you worry about yourself, and let everyone else worry about themselves.

Othello, WA

Interesting letter, but not sure I find a great deal of alarm in the findings. A little perspective maybe. I am sure the 600,000 number is closer to 750,000 because there are more then 10 stadiums hosting games on a given weekend in the NFL. Still less then a million people. Lets say there are 20 times that many (no idea on the real numbers) not attending, but following the games closely as committed fans. Combine those two numbers, and your still well under 10% of the US population.
Yes our society finds many things to do, that waste time and distract us from God, family, and other important things, but sports are not really the biggest issue here.

slc, UT

I have to wonder if the letter writer ever stopped to think Sunday is not a religious day for many many people and in fact many who believe Saturday is a holy day could accuse him of the same things?

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