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If you’re like many people, then you watched the Super Bowl last Sunday night.

Being a Christian doesn’t mean we shouldn’t watch football. But, it’s been said that football, not Christianity, is our country’s religion. We can count more sports programs on TV than we can count religious ones. In most newspapers, more pages are devoted to sports such as football than are devoted to religions such as Christianity.

But can a connection be made between Christianity and football? Yes! In fact, the Museum of the Bible provides a reading program addressing the Bible’s roles in the lives of some of the most famous men in football history. These men used the Bible for inspiration and to help them overcome disappointments. We Rams fans can seek out what Bible verses work for us, in that case. Just remember, there are rams in the Bible, but no patriots!

Also, we can compare the Christian life to football just like the Apostle Paul compared it to a race when he wrote: “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).

For example, the “cloud of witnesses” can be seen as cheerleaders. Some people support us and wish us well. Yet Christians, like football players, also have people who are against us, wanting us to give up. Yet, we should say along with Psalm 3:6, “I will not be afraid of the many thousands of people who set themselves against me.”

And like in the game on Sunday night, we need to be prepared for defense. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to “be prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you.” That is, we need to prepared to answer those who question our faith.

Christianity is way more important than football. But we can connect the two.

Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.

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