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World Cup, the new “Golden Calf”?

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Leslie Brown

I couldn’t give a hoot, nor holler about sports, but that doesn’t mean I think they are wrong. Sports can be good clean fun, not to mention, they can encourage physical activity of which we all need more of. It’s the rabid obsession with sports I have a problem with.

We are all created with a “God-shaped-void”, but some people fill it with anything but God. Whatever you value most in your life is your “god”, be it sports, money, possessions, a person etcetera.

I can’t help but wonder if these crazy World Cup fans had as much fervor for God, others, righteousness and our country, how different things would be. As in the military world, one of the most effective strategies in the spiritual world is that of distraction.

I used to be as big of a football fan as any guy. In fact, the first year the Dallas Cowboys hired Jimmy Johnson as coach, I told my boss at the time that we would go to the Super Bowl, and he was shocked when that came to pass. I dropped football like a “hot potato”, not too long afterwards when Jerry Jones fired Jimmy Johnson. How could I get so wrapped up in something subject to human whims, and other’s ill-advised decisions?

There is only one thing in this world that will never change, and that is all that is worthy of our worship.

Dude, get a grip!

Crazy Italian soccer fans, who no doubt make Fire Marshal’s everywhere cringe.

Why would I watch a bunch of people I don’t KNOW, playing a sport I don’t PLAY, who live in a city I don’t LIVE in? I’m just sayin’

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  1. Mitch

    No doubt sports get the entire world-theater frenzied up to the point of zealous, ardent worship. If patriotism can go to the extent of idol-worship then something like international sports (i.e. World Cup and the Olympics (which, in itself, is a centuries old polytheistic worship of the Greco-Roman pantheon that is anything but Christ-centered). As of late, I’ve heard and read accounts of debauchery laden, alcohol (or worse) fueled “parties” and raves around these events that would rival Sodom, nevermind the direct violation of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd commandments.

    If we accept John’s revelation of a one-world government, it’s really not so hard to imagine this context on the heels of sports as few other endeavors so easily spurn on a desire global harmony and “unity”. The only other event, war, does more to rip apart nations and yet, as a coaxing device with enough regularity, could be the catalyst that pushes the world into enough anarchy that a global “peace” measure could be introduced if not by the UN then certainly at or in close conjunction with one of these global sporting events. There is no question, at least in my mind, that Satan (the father of lies) could use the World Cup or the olympics to not only distract the world, but usher in such a resolution under the guise of “world peace” (though we know as Christians the world will never be at peace until the return of our Lord and Savior).

    The characters that are embodied at these games certainly behave and conduct themselves in ways that, to the unfamiliar or uninitiated, could very well resemble (or outright be) demonic possession (think of the chants, the “war paint”, the jerseys and paraphernalia, the unholy adornment of the fans, the cries and screams for violence on the opposing team’s players and sometimes even direct violence against the opposing teams fans). Think of the drunken/drugged parties that often devolve into promiscuity (at best) if not all out orgies (at worst) which is often promoted and encouraged (it’s no secret that Trojan has been a “proud” sponsor of the olympic games and doles out more condoms than one could count in the “Olympic Village”). There is sacrifice, worship, song, spoken incantation, reverence and even allegiance being sworn at these events and it’s all blasphemous.

    Indeed, for Satan, sometimes the best place to hide is right out in the open.

    Grace & Peace,
    -Mitch

  2. Leslie Brown

    Mitch,

    Wow, thank you for taking the time with such a well thought out reply! I get lonely here feeling like I am one of the only ones fighting! The great thing is that we are such a small group, that I have gotten to personally meet such patriots as Wayne Dupree, Ben Carson and work for Kevin Jackson! I will not quit fighting. Leslie Brown

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