IS FOOTBALL SATANIC AND NOT OF GOD? WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT IT? (Part 3)
By: Dr. Odunuga Oluseyi Rmmanuel, on BBM
I am not surprised that many Christians are in one sport or the other, they think they are deceiving God not knowing they are deceiving themselves. See what the Bible says about sports. "So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, and saith, Am I not in sport?" Prov 26:19. Many will say, even in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, is it not just sport? But the Bible says, by doing this the man deceiveth his neighbor.
When you deceive your neighbour what are you doing? Answer: You are Sinning. "It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom." Prov 10:23. The foolish who do mischief (trouble), to him is like a sport. That is, sport is associated with mischief and foolishness.
Question: Who were the first known in the Bible, to sit down to watch Sport game as an entertainment? Let me shock you now! The first set of people that introduces sport in the Bible were the Philistines. See Judges 16:23-27. "Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us. And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us SPORT. And they called for Samson out of the prison house, and he made them SPORT: and they set him between the pillars. . . and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made SPORT."
And who were the Philistines ?
1. They were idol worshippers.
2. They were God's Enemy.
3. They were sun worshippers.
4. They were Soothsayers.
Would you want to partake in the activity of those who are regarded as God's enemy? I don't think so. Football is Idolatry and Highly esteemed in this world.
When you play football or doing athletic running or any sport, do you play or sport all alone? No. It involves two or more.
Now tell me: How do you feel when you play football or do any sport? Do you feel the fruit of the Spirit when you do them? Do you love your opponents more? Are you becoming more righteous? Are you at peace with your opponents? Are you more gentle when you play? Are you more temperate? Are you more meek? Do you feel Christlike, Joy, goodness, faithful? Are you more longsuffering on the pitch of football? If you feel all of these then brother you can go on.
But I bet you, not one can be found in football players. Don't deceive yourself, God can't be mocked.