I just read Jim Davidson's column. which was published in the Monday, April 10, 2017 edition of the Bolivar Commercial. All I can say is "AMEN!" Although I would probably have some theological differences with Mr. Davidson, it is an absolute certainty that he has "hit the nail on the head" with this article.
As I have observed parents and their children and their collective involvement in sports, especially summer time sports, it has become increasingly apparent to me that more and more parents are bowing down to the Baal of sports. Please don't misunderstand me. Generally speaking, I have nothing against sports - in their proper place. As a youngster I participated in the sports that were offered at the school I attended. As an adult I still enjoy watching athletic contests of various kinds. That being said, it is also my contention that far too many people are robbing their children of the spiritual development that is crucial to a well-balanced adult life that will make them an asset to their community and to society at large.
Statistics reveal that an infinitesimally small percentage of pre-teen and teenage children who participate in sports are ever able to make it to a professional level. And while the percentage of those who are able to obtain college athletic scholarships is a bit larger, the numbers are
still very small. Yet, every parent seems to have an unshakable faith that their "little Johnny" or "little Suzie" is going to be the "ONE" who makes it. But even if little Johnny and/or little Suzie do make it to the professional level, what kind of life will they have with little or no spiritual development. I think we can see the results of that in many of today's professional athletes. Furthermore, what about their life after sports? Very few careers last more than ten years, so what does someone in their early to mid 30s do for the rest of their life?
I still appreciate the family that I knew some years ago. Their son was a better than average soccer player. All the coaches in the city league wanted him on their team. Of course, he could only be on one and the parents made it clear to the coaches: "We attend worship services and Bible study on Sundays and on Wednesday night. If you have a Wednesday game he will be leaving at 6:30 to attend a 7:00 p.m. Bible class. He will not be playing on Sunday at all." Even with those stipulations the coaches still wanted the young fellow. But as good as he was he still never made it to the professional level.
Jesus said, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve." Who/what is your god?