Posts Tagged ‘sports’

Adornment, amusements, and social activities conducted within the church are topics, today.  Believers are to be in the world, yet, not of it.  The clothing believers wear can neither ensure their salvation, nor of itself seal them in condemnation.  Many believers are committed to a process for increasing the church that relies upon connecting to outside the congregation upon their own carnal, material, and social level.  Even so, judgment remains the exclusive province of Christ partly because there must be a weighing of things that are subtle (i.e., barely visible; having hidden shifts in meaning and value), and that have no physical substance such as comprehension, divine prerogative, and eternal purposes.  Those within communities of faith also may derive benefit from amusements such as family entertainment, ice cream socials, singles activity, and Super Bowl parties.  However, just as accountability and intimacy within the home generate a different standard for shared activities to entertain and refresh the family, recreation within the body of believers that appears in the public forum should always continue circumspection and restraint.  To avoid misrepresentation of the spiritual body, leisure behavior should only be shared in private settings, and not events open to the public.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the comments appearing below:  John 7:  24, King James Version (KJV):  24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.  Also, 2nd Corinthians 13:  5, KJV:  5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.  Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?  2nd Corinthians 4:  15-17, KJV:  15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.  16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! 7 Answers” (Australia) using the ID “Anonymous” (profile information withheld) posted the following:

 

Christians: What are your thoughts of this Protestant church promoting the wearing of sports jersies to their weekend services?

Crossroads Fellowship Church

Saturday, November 7 | 5:00pm
Sunday, November 8 | 8:30am, 10:00am, & 11:30am

Wear Your Favorite Team Jersey to Church!

How do you feel about this? Show your team spirit by wearing your favorite team jersey to church!

Come prepared for worship and game day fun!

 http://www.crossroads.org/story.aspx?storyid=1125

Update:  Do you see this as an abomination? A desperate marketing tactic perhaps?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.  And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;  To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.  To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak:  I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.  And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection:  lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.  (1st Corinthians 9:  19-27, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); What Faith Makes Possible (04/25/2014); Worship Wear? (01/23/2014); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013); Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013); Will GOD Bless My Team? (12/31/2012); Put Every Man His Sword By His Side (01/01/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, in the effort to create an atmosphere of mutual acceptance, suspension of being judged by others, and unconditional love, many congregations of Christian believers now appear to operate without the strict dress codes and standards that once distinguished church goers and Christian believers as “sanctified” (i.e., set apart for the exclusive use of divinity).  For those in relationship with GOD through Jesus Christ, it is important to address such doctrines and themes as release from the strictures of Old Testament law; new life by apprehension of divine spirit content; new covenant grounded in righteousness through faith as well as discerning sameness and difference for the spirit of divine law and its letter.  Even so, there is never to be a total abandonment of discipline, regulation, and shared truth that establishes stability.

Correctly understood, sanctification proceeds only by operations of GOD, and is not the product of indoctrination, intellect, logic, and reason.  Believers experience excitement joy, and zeal as they acquire sacred knowledge and gain mastery through sacred practice (we say, observing sacraments).  However, these are aspects of the character, nature and spirit that make up divinity; and are not the same as emotion, excitement, fanaticism, and passion that characterize carnal and finite being.

Correctly received, assembling and church attendance are gifts and sacred events from GOD wherein believers are granted access to the divine presence, and opportunity to be in shared communion and direct exchange with Deity.  Mature believers “put their best foot forward” and wear their “Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes” as acknowledgment, and an outward demonstration of inner order, propriety and respect toward GOD.  What they wear is not intended for boasting, showing off, and vainglory.  Their attitude, mind-set and motives are directed to knowing and pleasing GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, believers have to be careful to avoid the trap that baits them into judging others.  Because all believers must gradually develop and grow, everyone who participates in a gathering at the church does not come being on the same level of commitment, devotion, maturity, and understanding.  All appear because they are confessing their need for change, correction and growth.  The welcome is equally to those seeking peace and rest as it is for those seeking their place as disciples, laborers and workers for the kingdom.  What appears as casual dress and clothing more suited to play often has been chosen for its value as a lubricant to contact (i.e., familiarity, recognition, remembering), being in proper uniform for hard work, and a lever to interaction that will nourish the body.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

Faith, miracles, and possibilities are topics, today, along with more on why sharing Christian belief is not a matter of opinion.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Oloo” (Level 1 with 25 points, a member since January 04, 2013) posted the following:

 

What does ot means that faith makes all things possible? 

if I sit there and pray or affirm with faith then will it fulfil my wish

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014)—(5.)  Those who are self-promoting have no place as the agents of Christ.  The sacred message of the church is maintained as unchanging through its disciplined application of the holy writings as well as its focus upon and continuous practice of well-defined sacraments.  Believers are to proclaim, “It is written,” and speak the mind of Christ, rather than their own feelings, and speculations.  In the same way, a professional baseball player is aware of basketball, football and hockey as competing sports, yet, does not answer to or concern himself with their regulations, rules, and player statistics, those in Christ do not encumber themselves with the thoughts of atheists, doubters, and those committed to other systems of belief.  The high standards for divine judgment are woven through every aspect of new life in Christ.  Thus, mature believers consistently display attention to detail, circumspection, dutifulness, faithfulness, humility, impartiality, meekness, righteousness, truthfulness, and vigilance.  (6.)  Ministry through Jesus Christ is the work of all believers, and becomes the life of every believer.  As a result, there are no “days off,” or “vacations”.  Ones duty and service to GOD continues, all day, every day (we say, 24-7), awake and sleeping, even in the Sabbath.  While opportunity and privilege for intimate personal relationship is extended whereby all may experience divine love as children of GOD, employment as a joint-heir with Christ is not for those whose lives are crowded with activity, and other relationships that compete with and interrupt divine service.  Many are called, however, few are chosen as fit for the position without also having extended experiences of challenge that result in  spiritual growth.  Every activity and relationship outside of Christ is confronted, scrutinized, and, often, removed.  The commitment for service to GOD through Christ may become all-consuming, demanding, and exhausting; yet, the active believer never becomes overwhelmed by change and loss as though bereaved, bored, or “burned out.”  See Isaiah 55:  7-11, Isaiah 58:  13-14, Jeremiah 23:  21-22, Luke 9:  26, Romans 9:  1, Romans 16:  17-18, 2nd Corinthians 2:  17, Philippians 3:  7-14, 1st Timothy 6:  3-4 and 2nd John 1:  7-11, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:  Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.  Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.  Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:  And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:  They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword:  they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;  (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.  And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.  (Hebrews 11:  32-40, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Faith Given By GOD (03/13/2014); Miracles Are From GOD (03/14/2014); Mustard Seed Faith? (01/16/2014); The Judges Who Condemned Jesus? (01/17/2014); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012)

 

“Oloo”, many important points must be shared to completely and correctly answer your question.  Even so, here are a few you may find helpful:

(1.)  Faith is divine matter, and is different from the products of emotion and intellect (e.g., fear, imagination, thoughts) that are generated by interactions within human flesh (appetite, metabolism and sensation).

(2.)  As an aspect within the makeup of divinity, faith is inseparable from other sacred content such as forgiveness, gratitude, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(3.)  Where faith is imparted as a special endowment from the ministry of Jesus Christ, faith furthers the accomplishment of divine operations, sacred tasks, and eternal purposes.  While mankind is capable of destruction and evil (i.e., arbitrary or sudden and widespread change; catastrophe; upheaval), corruption and ruin are not accomplished through faith, for faith also works to continue and uphold divine order throughout the universe.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Faith can move mountains, and cause sacred events (we say, miracles), however, only as an expression of divine will, not of selfish desire.  Miracles do not always build up faith in GOD, for without being anchored in the Spirit, many who experience a miracle are only made confused, frightened, and skeptical.  It remains that, what is possible for believers through faith are all the things proclaimed, promised, and prophesied for the people of GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you. 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  (Romans 8:  28, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC