Athletes and Disipline: Implications for the Christian

“Redknapp said: ‘The nightclub reputation that was around this club when I arrived is something we’ve had to get rid of. It’s hard but I’ve given them all a warning. I’ve told them I don’t want to see them in nightclubs or pubs. I don’t think there is any need for it.

‘These boys are highly-paid athletes. I’ve said go and have a glass of wine with the wife or partner in a nice restaurant on a Saturday night after a game. That’s not a problem. But I’ve told them I don’t want to see them rolling out of nightclubs at three in the morning.

‘There’s no need for it. If you can’t dedicate your life to something for nine months of the year when you’re earning 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 grand a week, there’s got to be a problem. These lads have to make sure they are in great condition.’ ”

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Harry Redknapp is the manager of Tottenham Hotspur football club, a team playing in the Premier League in England. The above article is regarding  players under his ‘regime’ who are in danger of facing discipline with their nightclubbing antics. Another article related to this can be found here. Few would see any real significance to the partying lifestyle of the players by sheer fact that they earn heaps of cash being professional football/ soccer player. But according to Redknapp, an experienced manager in the Premier League and a player himself in his younger years, he thinks otherwise.

It makes you wonder on things like discipline, work ethic and a somber mind. If a football coach (or for an American context soccer) in the form of Harry Redknapp requires his players be in tip top condition 24/7, I’m not sure how much that implies the Christian how we are to live our life in obedience of our Lord as well. We as children of the living God are also expected with not less a responsibility to live in godliness, flexing our all for the glory of God so that we can thus participate in the arena of life.

Although i am not proposing specific situations critique of what a Christian should not do like the one depicted in the quote i took above, because some might lean to just that depiction and point fingers and say “See it says here…”, my real intention is to arouse the reader, to reconsider their whole life as a life wholly lived for the glory of God in all walks of life. And with the intention of stating ‘all walks of life’, this is not a narrow description of ‘what a Christian ought not to do’ but what a Christian is obligated to do in all walks of life and this comprises of the whole sphere of life the Christian lives in and engages.

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