Jennie Chancey putting sport into perspective

For that matter, I’m not keen on a lot of boys’ sports, either. I think boys need healthy competition as outlets for all that developing testosterone, and all children need good outlets for physical activity (running, climbing, playing, etc.). But many sports are just vast wastes of time (not to mention money). My husband regrets all the time he put into basketball and baseball as a young man and wishes he had done more productive things to prepare himself for manhood.

My two cents

That comment was a revelation. I wish I was exposed to it years ago. I think it is a good, practical way of applying 1 Timothy 4:8 as well.

I think back to when I was 15, when my worldview was far more humanistic worldview—thanks to that unfortunate triad of my school, television, and my peer group at the time. I was a lot more into sports back then, and I remember wanting to play football for a local junior team (which was short on players, and I was invited to training). Afterward, the coach phoned me and mentioned that before I could play, there would be some player registration fees to be paid. But since my family couldn’t afford it, I couldn’t play. End of discussion.

In hindsight, that doesn’t really bother me, but what does bother me is when people now ask me if I play (organised) sport, and to that I say no. They seem a mite concerned with that, and I’m made to feel kind of strange, seeing as a number of those people have abandoned the religion of their (grand)parents and used sport to fill part of the void. Maybe it’s the people I happen to be surrounded by, but a tiny part of me thinks that I should be playing or actively following sports to fit in with them. The more I think about it though, I think the compulsion surrounding sports is a product of a humanistic worldview.

Unlike my teenage years, I now have enough money to play organised sport, but I’ve lost interest in it. I’d rather take my cues from 1 Timothy 4:8—to go beyond that would be a diversion. I also think the single theonomic girls would more impressed if I had knowledge of the Pentateuch, rather than the starting offensive line for the 1992 Los Angeles Rams..

Another thing I noticed is that if you don’t watch television, then it’s fairly easy to let go of sport. The difficulty is in finding people who also want to let go of their televisions.

I was never exposed to women who felt that it was important for men to practice religiosity more than sports—but that’s now changed because of the quote, and I’m better off because of it.

Quote source

Chancey, J. (2011). Iowa wrestler defaults rather than face girl. [followup comments] Available: Last accessed 13th Mar 2011.


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