One of the things we are struggling with right now is the issue of Sunday Sport. So far, we haven’t had to deal too closely with the issue of regular Sunday Sport. I think right now that one would be an easy “no”.
However, what about the occasional Sunday Sport?
Around here, things like carnivals, tournaments and academy’s are held on Sundays. These are often the types of things it’s great for kids to be involved with.
But at what cost?
We’ve heard sermons urging Christians to stand firm about Sunday Sports (or anything that creeps in that pulls us away from our commitment to worship).
We’ve watched families struggle and eventually succumb to the whole “Sunday Sport” issue.
We’ve watched some families begin with 1 thing and before you know it, they’re absent from church more often than they’re there.
Both DH and I have been brought up very “anti Sunday Sport”. I’m not 100% sure but I think my parents may have relaxed their views by the time they got to my youngest 2 brothers.
It’s such a hard one. I believe we need to be very wary of ANYTHING that gets in our way of serving and fellowshipping with God. Not just on a Sunday, but on ANY day.
I also believe that regular worship with a church family is important. I don’t believe it is ESSENTIAL but I do believe it is healthy, helpful and a good thing to have.
And I very much doubt that there is even a clear cut answer to this question. What’s right or wrong for one family or situation doesn’t necessarily make it an “across the board” right or wrong.
Why am I asking all this now?
Yesterday we spent the day at a tennis tournament. Our second Sunday at a tennis tournament in a month. Up until this season we have resisted, figuring we’re better erring on the side of “not” until we’re more sure.
As things worked out, we didn’t have commitments on either Sunday (in fact, we didn’t even have regular services on either Sunday) so we took that as a “green light” to give it a go.
Now, we’re not sure we’re any closer to coming to a peaceful resolution about what we believe is right.
On the one hand, it felt a little uncomfortable to be doing this on a Sunday.
On the other, we had some great conversations with others in our community that have nothing to do with the church. It was a real opportunity to build relationships.
And while the experience our son gained in his sport was wonderful, we also saw him grow in character as well.
I don’t regret what we did at all.
We even had the opportunity to worship at a 5pm service at the end of the day before coming home (in another church as we’d had to travel some distance for the tournament).
But I’m not sure we’re any closer to a “resolution” on whether participating in Sunday Sport is “right” or “wrong”.
For now, we’ll have to be content with grapling with each situation as it arises and trying to make the best decision possible at the time.
I would love to hear your thoughts on “Sunday Sport” and other activities that get in the way of our regular worship.