God and Football...Why Men Love the Sport978-1-64316-590-5
Men love the game of football because it mimics the eternal war perpetually existing between good and evil. This recondite battle is analogous to football because like human beings themselves, football is half a physical game and half a spiritual undertaking. Football is fierce in nature because tests the hearts of men via heathy competition while simultaneously offering a healthy means of catharsis for deep-seated masculine fervor and release of emotion put there by God. Football makes men better by reminding us of our mortality, because severe injuries and even deaths have resulted from partaking in the game. Being cognizant of this transience of life in turn instills a deep sense of awe and humility because the gift’s brevity dawns on us. While playing football might not be able to source the evangelistic sprout of becoming a Christian, it can implant and nurture the seed of faith given to mankind in the anagogical nature of the Bible. The game of football has many parallels to the word of God, everyday life challenges that mature adult face, and aids in spiritual development while being an effective tool of discipleship. Has the spiritual effect of football on America’s youth ever been researched in the short and long-term? It is my hope that this book carries both theoretical and practical implications for athletes, coaches and even more so to those entrusted with carrying out the calling of Jesus’ great commission commandment.