System Analysis [PT.1] | The Man’s Domain by Tyler Thayer
April 9, 2009, 9:08 am
Filed under: Biblical Manhood, Thought Initiative


by Tyler Thayer

Over a month ago, in my post Assurance through Experience, I told you that I would be doing a series of posts that will dig down to get at our souls.  Now that VQ is over, I feel like it is time to make good on what I said I would do. But in order to do so more effectively I have given a name to the series: System Analysis. (Maybe I will get someone to make a special banner for this one, dunno)  The goal of this series will be to analyze, scrutinize and bring to light what makes a man, a man.  More specifically, though, I want to dive deeper than merely what our culture tells us a man is and explore the parts of the biblical, godly man.

A good friend of mine, who I greatly respect, has had a theory for the past year or so.  Regularly, he will point out that sports have become religion in our culture, especially in America.  He will compare the stadium to the sanctuary, the balls as relics, and the multitude of teams as gods.  Each avid sports attendee will don the sacred robes that represent a team’s colors, and seek at all costs an opportunity to worship at the altar, the field. Now whether or not this describes you, I don’t know, but my friend would say that this describes the hearts of many men who love sports.  But is it true?

Where’s the line? At what point does enjoying a sports game, whether competing or watching, become idol worship?

In 1 Corinthians 10:31 Paul challenges us by saying, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Many men love sports, and most men love to be competitive, but can we be competitive to the glory of God? Should men even be competitive? I think this is a very fair question to ask, because if we are called to be on guard and do all things to the glory of God, then shouldn’t we question the very thing that often causes us to curse, hate, and allow anger to fill our hearts?

Perhaps, though, if we love competivtiveness too much, we might become like this:

You can check out CJ Mahaney’s take on this subject in his sermon Don’t Waste Your Sports. If you have listened to this sermon, what were your thoughts?


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Oo0o, o0o0o!

Well, C.S. Lewis would tell you that competitiveness is actually not something a Christian should exhibit.

I think I rather disagree with that assertion unless he meant in terms of pride. Pride is all about having more than someone else (as apposed to simply having). In which case, a person can be prideful about having a better ability at a sport than another, and when competitiveness turns into that then I believe it is sinful.

However, a person who competes simply to push themselves and take pride in their own work is doing a God glorifying thing.

This doesn’t truly point towards men specifically as women too can be competitive.

Comment by J baby

Wow. The video is definitely the perfect touch to this post. I agree with Lutey’s look there near the end. It was crazy. I’m excited to read this new post as true Biblical manhood is discussed.

Comment by JRam

The best perspective on this is Stephen Altrogge’s book “Game Day for the Glory of God”. He walks thru the pitfalls of sports, but also balances that with the gift that sports can be and how they can glorify God.

I’ve always felt like sports were a good thing for guys, but never took the time to think thru it as biblically as Stephen has in his book. I’m excited to have my boys play sports and to use that as a training ground for dealing with their proud little hearts. Sports can be a gift to teach them how to prefer others, encourage others who are more gifted than them, be a part of a team and fulfill their role faithfully, work hard, follow a coach, joyfully lose, and many other heart issues.

check out Stephen’s book for more details.

Comment by bigplew

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