Groanings from the Gridiron: 5 Ways Football Reflects the Biblical Drama

Groanings from the Gridiron: 5 Ways Football Reflects the Biblical Drama

by Luke Spencer on September 10, 2015 in Articles

The football season is in full swing. High school football fills the dark and increasingly cool Friday nights. College football is underway and tonight the NFL season kicks off, culminating in Super Bowl 50. Here are five lessons believers can learn and be reminded of this football season: 

1. Discipline

It does not take long to watch a football game and marvel at the strength, speed, and skills of those on the field. Football players are able to run at incredible speeds and make crushing hits. They have fine-tuned their bodies for their craft by diet, training, and practice. The apostle Paul reminds his readers that, “while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8; See also 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.) The discipline displayed on the football field can serve as a reminder for believers to pursue eternal matters.

2. Brokenness

Football reminds everyone that there is something wrong in our world. Referees govern the field to ensure that order is maintained, penalties are enforced, and the game is correctly called. Even the referees are not immune to error, so instant replay is introduced to ensure that no mistakes are made. But even with all the angles in HDTV and 4K, some calls are still not easy to discern and may not always be correct. Each missed called is the reminder that no one is perfect. Injuries plague the football field. Each ACL torn, hamstring pulled, and concussion diagnosed is another reminder that something is wrong in our world. It is a world that even the most athletic, disciplined, and wealthy people cannot escape (Romans 8:18-23). When fans react against a missed call or cringe over an injury, they are responding to the imperfection in our world. Football will not allow us to escape the reality of our broken world. 

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