India losing, again :( theology of cricket

Watching India get creamed in a do-or-die cricket match (against Australia in Guwahati, 8 Nov, 2009), I wonder why India losses affect us so much, even Christians. I mean, I know sport is just a game. But that it affects moods, is unquestionable.

But why should it affect me as a Christian who understands that all this is just a game… and there are more important things in life?

I know I could answer this by saying that I’m still human, I’m still Indian, and thus being an Indian remains the core of my being and thus I will remain attached to my context (and rightly so) even while also existing as a Christian.

Yes, that’s fine. But I don’t want losses in a cricket match to bother me so much.

I mean, why doesn’t the Narmada Dam bother me so much? Or the Kashmir problem, Naxal problem, Corruption, and … etc etc etc.

I’ve become desensitized to India-problems, and yet remain deeply attuned to the sporting fate of the cricket team.

Hmmm! So there does seem something wrong here.

And yet this post is a confession rather than an actual answer. And so with this I go back to feeling bad that the Indian cricket team is losing!


2 Responses to “India losing, again :( theology of cricket”

  1. 1 Ranga Karanam November 21, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Looked at your site and liked it.

    Interested in exchanging links with me? Indian Cricket

  2. 2 Charles December 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Very thought-provoking article. I agree with you that cricket does affect us, but may many other things that you mentioned also keep sensitizing and provoking us.

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