1 Corinithians 9:24-27
24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
This is a popular passage, often used to liken the Christian walk to the discipline of sports.
Yet does this passage actually suggest that Sports is ‘good’? or that some parts of sports are good?
Or is even Paul pointing out the negatives of sports?… ie. Sports is this… BUT the Christian walk is THIS.
Anyway… I interpreted the latter… and my supervisor chided me saying that Paul was positive about sports… which I am not totally convinced about…
But at least he positively suggested that perhaps rather than thinking that Paul was against sports… at least it is fair to say that the positives of sports are superseded by Christian discipleship.