2018-10-25 / Sports

FOLLOWING SPORTS RELIGIOUSLY

By Mike Wilson
Sports Reporter


Mike Wilson Mike Wilson Have you ever noticed that when someone retaliates for something that has been done to them in a game, they are usually the ones who receive the penalty? I was watching the Michigan vs Michigan State football game and there were several personal fouls called during the game and nearly every time a foul was called it was because the person who was being fouled reacted and fouled that person back. The announcers called it being “chippy”, and said that rivalry games often have a lot of personal fouls, because of all of the emotions tied to the game. Often in emotionally charged games, both teams feel the need to “one-up”: the other team and try to intimidate them. On the sidelines, you could see the coaches pointing to their heads and shouting, “Be smart.”

Don’t you wish you had someone in your life that would point to their head and tell you to be smart when you are tempted to react negatively or do something stupid How great would that be? Before you say or do something dumb, there would be this person standing there pointing at their head and saying, “Be Smart”.

The Apostle Paul talked about doing dumb things, in Romans chapter 7 verse 19 he says “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” In other words he was saying I know the right and good choice, but I do not do that, instead I make the bad choice and do that.

In the game when a player makes the choice to shove the player that shoved them, or to hit the player that hit them they are penalized for their choice. The rule in football is that your team is penalized 15 yards for the personal foul and if you get two of those fouls in the game you are given a time out, you are ejected from the game and suspended for the next game. A penalty like that can really hurt your team and affect the outcome of the game.

In real life bad choices have penalties as well and the consequences of those penalties can affect your life. We actually can have a coach in life who can help us by telling us to be smart. When Jesus ascended into heaven he said that he left behind the Holy Spirit to help us, comfort us and help us to make good decisions. The Methodist Preacher John Wesley said that we need to obey the promptings and heed the warnings of the Holy Spirit in our everyday life. If we do that, then the penalty flags won’t fly. Ephesians 4:31-32 says this; “31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” So instead of being “chippy” and reacting badly to a situation, react with kindness and forgiveness. If we do, and practice positive behavior and reactions then we won’t have negative consequences, but rather positive ones. Just something to think about.

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