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Scooper Spirituality: How Much Football Watching Is Too Much For A Believer?

Etim

May. 25, 2019

Love of the football game influences a great deal the cable packages people purchase. Many dedicate a huge amount of their weekend watching their favorite teams play football. This habit can grossly affect their lifestyle and even company.
The likes of Messi and Ronald are gifted football players that are talked about by both young and old all over the world.
The rivalry between these two is further intensified by their fans and they have been named GOAT, gods, Above-men and other exalted names.
This does not raise eyebrows as football has as a sense of community, unlike any other sport. It unites players and fans from all backgrounds. 
People of all ages, sizes, races, and religions come together to root for their team. 
While it is harmless fun, there’s also danger in our love of football.
This is the excessive fanaticism I see in many people who become obsessed with the game and have memorized all sorts of statistics about teams and players, but don't have time to memorize God's Word or spend daily time in prayer and meditation in God's Word. 
God's Word advises us to use our time wisely because He knows that there are many things in life that can distract us from what truly matters. Do not waste your time so that you look back with regret - you do not know what tomorrow holds! 
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Ecclesiastes 3:11
As long as it is a day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
Proverbs 16:9
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Romans 13:11
 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
Ephesians 5:15-17
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Proverbs 6:6-8
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
There are men so consumed with football and other games that they plop in front of the TV for hours and don't have time for their wives or kids. 
They spend a small fortune going to games but claim they have little to no money to give to the poor or to the local church to which they belong. 
Everyone needs a break now and then, and if folks want to kill some time watching games, great, but the excessive interest in football or other ball games leaves me wondering who or what is Lord in people's lives. 
Wouldn't it be wonderful if stadiums were full of people cheering for the Lord and His wonderful works?
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