I wrote an article for Christ And Pop Culture a few month back about the manner in which Christians should act as fans of sports. Namely, I called Christian fans to refrain from rooting against teams and players, instead focusing on rooting for teams and players. Here were my conclusions:
Should Christians abandon the sports world as a lost culture unto the Gospel? I think not. Instead, Christian sports enthusiasts might want to adopt a simple discipline:
Root for teams, not against them.
If you are a Christian who is a fan of the Boston Celtics, as I am, it would be good to adopt the posture of rooting for the Celtics. However, keep in mind that it does not make you more of a Boston fan to rootagainst the Heat. It just makes you look like a jerk.
Naturally, I was thrilled to read the recent interview with Rangers’ outfielder Josh Hamilton on his slugging competition with Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera. When asked how he feels about Cabrera’s quest for the “triple crown,” the rival Hamilton (a born-again Christian) said this:
“It would be pretty special . . . He’s got to hit more home runs. I’m not going to stop playing. But I’m rooting for him . . . As a fan of the game, I enjoy watching other guys succeed in what they do.”
It’s good to see Christians displaying gospel-centered and kingdom-minded sports ethics.