I know that some people consider football a religion. In fact, I love the game. I love the roar of the crowd, the impossible plays, and last minute touchdowns. For a short time, before I realized I was much more suited for swimming or golf, I even attempted playing football. But now I'm beginning to wonder if I can still support a game I used to love so much?
A lot of our youth play on the local football teams. Some are very good and may even earn scholarships to play at the collegiate level. As someone who wants to support youth, it seems important to show up to the games. Is it hypocritical though, to now wonder if I should support youth playing football?
All of the new research coming out, which supports the anecdotal evidence that has been there for years, demonstrates that playing football can have detrimental effects on the brain. A recent article in the New Yorker compares the brutality of dog fighting to that of football.
I haven't had this conversation with any youth yet. In part, probably, because I can guess how the conversation will go. But if we are really going to claim we are Christians and followers of Christ, should we support a game that promotes injury, competition, and violence? The answer seems clear enough.