An article in one of our local papers told about a fellow who did his Master’s thesis on the stress experienced by teenage athletes. This school psychologist concluded that teenage athletics is a religion. It’s true. The passion for the game. The cheerleaders stirring the crowd to an emotional frenzy. As the clock ticks down the final seconds, the two teams go into overtime. We rarely criticize such emotional involvement except when there is emotional involvement with God. After all we don’t want to be too radical. Getting excited about basketball is only natural. But why get all excited about God? Why get emotionally involved with Jesus Christ?
The point is this: If you are going to participate in a religion, you had better get involved in true religion rather than false religion. Now basketball is not innately evil. It is a game. Basketball is not a god nor are basketball games religious services. But to treat them as such is to engage in false worship. Better that you should engage in true worship of the God of the Bible. Better that you should become emotionally involved with Jesus Christ.
The first of the Ten Commandments says, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3). False worship is sin. Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for sin due to people like you and me. When you turn from false worship you must turn to Christ. When you turn to Christ, you must trust in the sacrifice of Christ as the only payment for your sins of false worship. Quite frankly, you must become emotionally involved with Christ. You see, true faith is a matter of heart. It involves your mind, your will, and your emotions.
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