Faith in Sports;


Strength for the Moment

By Chris Blevins

Guest Columnist

Just finished watching the New York Mets sweep the Chicago Cubs for the National League Baseball Pennant. Daniel Murphy, second baseman for the New York Mets, was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player.

Daniel Murphy has had a baseball postseason for the ages. He has broken several records and now he is heading to the World Series where he will play at least four more games against the winner of the American League Pennant which is currently being played out by the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Daniel Murphy is important as it pertains to this article because of his unapologetic faith in Jesus Christ. He has been a great ambassador not only for the New York Mets but most importantly for the Kingdom of Heaven. He has carried himself in a manner that brings glory to Heaven, which he is a dual citizen of per the Apostle Paul in Second Corinthians 5:20.

There are many athletes who profess Christ as their personal Savior. Are they great Ambassadors? That is not always my question to answer as they may sometimes fall on their face, as do I LOL. So I am not eligible to make any negative statements.

I love to see athletes give praise to God for their talents, as they are God given abilities. However, I don’t necessarily like to see players saying that “their” prayer won the game. We all know that good, faithful fans are praying for all their favorite teams to win, so how does God decide who wins? Could it be that God may be a little busy with more important matters in life that do no pertain to a final score in a sporting event? He loves and cares so much for our daily lives that maybe He keeps everyone safe during the game and the score settles itself.

We do know God cares about us. Though the outcome of the score for the game may not be top priority for Christ, the outcome of each player, fan and frankly the human race is Christ’s top priority.

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Strength for the Moment
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