FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017
Key Bible Verse: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24, HCSB)
Dig Deeper: Psalm 118
As Christian sports competitors and fans, we grow to reflect God by loving particular places and people. We share a narrative memory, a common story, that involves ultimate things, but that also involves temporary but treasured things that uniquely bind us to particular people at a particular time in history. Gnosticism is an ancient heresy that never fully vanishes away. It holds contempt for physical places and matter in favour of the spiritual and abstract. Gnosticism is not Christ. The gospel comes to Christians in particular localities and transforms place for God’s glory (1 Cor. 10:31). Your enjoyment of sports and many other daily cultural realities can become a powerful, providential reminder of grace as G. K. Chesterton’s poem explains:
You say grace before meals / All right / But I say grace before the play and the opera, / And grace before the concert and the pantomime, / And grace before I open a book, / And grace before sketching, painting, / Swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing; / And grace before I dipped the pen in the ink.
Source of quote: Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC 1874-1908 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 150.
– David E. Prince in In the Arena
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