Spectators at a Sporting Event?

By Rev. M. Romeyn

Two questions came to me worded as follows: "WHAT IS WRONG WITH WATCHING HOCKEY GAMES IN THE COLISEUM? I THINK THAT HOCKEY IS A WHOLESOME SPORT AND THEREFORE THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT. I DO, HOWEVER, DISLIKE WRESTLING AND THE LIKE: YOUR COMMENTS PLEASE." The other question was: "ARE WE ALLOWED TO GO AND WATCH WRESTLING?"

The person who asked the first question is interested in reading my comments, the other person would like to read my answer. Young friends, I do believe that sports are good, if they are practiced to a permittable extent. Our forefathers wrote that sports are good, if they are practiced to relax our body. But they also said that to make sports our occupation is wrong. The Lord does not give us the time of grace to spend it in such a wasteful way. As a Christian, we must live in the world, but not belong to the world. If young people would like to skate or play a little in some other sport, it is all right, but why must we go to the Coliseum? We do read in Psalm 1:1: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful." There are many young boys and girls today who devote their lives to sports, others work at a job but spend all their free time with sports. May I give my comments and my answer this time with a question in return.

If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two, If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do. Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored guest, And all the food you’d serve to Him would be the very best, And you would keep assuring Him, you’re glad to have Him there That serving Him in your home is joy beyond compare.

But - when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door With arms outstretched in welcome to your heavenly visitor? Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in? Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they’d been? Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn’t heard? And wish you hadn’t uttered that last, loud, hasty word?

Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out? Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about? And I wonder - if the Saviour spent a day or two with you, Would you go right on doing the things you always do? Would you go right on saying the things you always say? Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?

Would your family conversation keep up its usual pace? And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace? Would you sing the songs you always sing, and read the books you read? And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed? Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you’d planned to go? Or, would you, perhaps, change your plans for just a day or so?

Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends? Or would you hope they’d say away until His visit ends? Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on? Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone? It might be interesting to know the things that you would do, If Jesus Christ in person came to spend some time with you.

Netherlands Reformed Congregration, Chilliwack, B.C., 11/20/69.