Is Playing Football a Sin in the Bible?

No, it’s not sinful to play football. The Bible doesn’t forbid entertainment. When played properly, football is a lot of fun, and healthy, and encourages collaboration. The player’s heart and intentions, not the ball, are the issue.

If Jesus is at work in your life, you won’t yell at people or hurt them while the football game is going on. You won’t be a poor loser either because you won’t take the game too seriously. All of this is personal and has nothing to do with the game. Even your playing style can serve as a powerful witness to your unbeliever pals.

What Does Football Mean to God?

Whether God cares about football or not is difficult to say. There is no correct or incorrect response to this question, thus each individual must ultimately decide what they think.

Religious people support the position that God created the universe and everything in it. According to their beliefs, God is interested in everything that happens in the world, including football.

They think that God cares about everything that occurs on the field and that He is rooting for the winners and praying for the losers.

Atheists, on the other hand, hold that there is no deity and that natural principles govern all that occurs in the universe. They don’t think God cares about anything that occurs on the field.

What Does the Bible Say About Football?

Football is not specifically mentioned in the Bible. The reason why this topic was raised among Christians is because of the effects of being too attached to football.

Some people become too competitive and tend to become violent while supporting their favorite football teams or even while playing the game itself.

Several people contend that football is a violent sport. They believe that football teaches players to hurt their opponents and their rival teams.

We can cheer on a team without being obsessed. To support your team, you don’t have to engage in conflict or display contempt. By exercising restraint and showing respect, we can cheer in a lighthearted and innocent manner.

Be cautious of those that restrict everything (Colossians 2: 20-23). We have the freedom to enjoy ourselves, just like the rest of the globe, but in the appropriate way. God delights in our happiness.

Proverbs 18:6 may inspire athletes since it implies that engaging in sports may be fruitful and joyful.

However, the verse also warns readers against following their own instincts and making the wrong decision. An idiot doesn’t think about the consequences of his actions, which is why wrongful things happen.

Can a Christian Play Football Professionally?

A believer can play soccer professionally, that much is true. Like any other honest career, playing football is one. Christian virtues such as the following are necessary for a successful professional soccer player:

A professional football player will encounter numerous temptations, just like any other career. Therefore, it is crucial to pray to God for the fortitude and bravery to act morally.

Bottom Line

Football is not sinful, whether you play or watch. You can be a believer and support your favorite football team.  You just need to be careful not to prioritize football over God.

Football cannot replace God. Stay away from football if you feel that you are overly devoted to it and that it is affecting your relationship with God and your daily life (1 Corinthians 6:12).

Pastor Christopher Turk
Pastor Christopher Turk

Christopher was the lead elder/pastor of the local Christian church in Penticton, British Columbia but he was forced to close his church due to a COVID-19 impact. He has a dedication to serving his Lord's church and a pulpit competence that honors the legacy of his predecessor. Christopher is a passionate visionary for the Lord and His Kingdom! His church ministry background spans over 30 years of full-time service. Support Christian by buying him a coffee.

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