Quoting Quiverfull: Sport and Body Worship?

Quoting Quiverfull: Sport and Body Worship? July 13, 2013

by Jay Younts of Shepherd Press – Sport and Body Worship

Matthew records that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for being able to interpret the signs of changes in the weather but not being able to interpret the signs of the times. Similarly, today, the church is slow to interpret the changing morality of the culture around her. I am not talking about the obvious Hollywood elements of the culture. Those are too glaring to miss. Rather, I am talking about the parts of our culture we consider safe: education and sports.

In the book, Instructing a Child’s Heart, Tedd and Margy Tripp argue that we need to understand the influence of the dominate, majority culture around us. We need to use formative instruction to prepare our kids to live in a hostile world. Life is indeed a classroom. We need to heed the warning of this book.

Don’t miss the signs of our times. Education has attempted to teach children what is important in life while dismissing any idea that the God of the Bible should be an integral part of daily instruction. This has led to the ubiquitous moment of silence replacing public prayer to God.

An even more striking example is the worship of the body that underlies our sports culture. One national sports magazine is famous for its swim suit edition. On the magazine’s web page you can find, mixed in with the daily sports news, young women in various stages of undress in provocative poses. In this same section are photos of naked models with swim suits that have been painted on. But no one seems alarmed – it is just swim suits and good male fun.

Not to be outdone, a rival sports media organization has just published its annual issue entitled “The Body.” In this year’s edition are photos of popular athletes totally naked with private parts covered by posing, not clothing. It features a 77 year old golfer, a pregnant sports star, a NFL quarterback and many more. Again, no one cries pornography or voices concerns of immodesty. This is sport – our national religion.

These magazines carry us back to the days of the ancient Greek and Roman athletic contests when the male participants were often naked. This is what happens when the creature is worshiped above the Creator. This is what happens when we ignore the signs of the time. Like Greece and Rome our end will not be pretty unless we repent and turn to God.

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  • Joy

    “No one seems alarmed”?

    I think there’s a number of women’s groups that would like to see those magazine issues done away with.

  • alwr

    ESPN the Magazine’s “Body Issue” is an entirely different thing than SI’s “swimsuit issue”. It features athletes from a huge variety of sports, male and female, and the idea seems to be to artistically celebrate the power of the athlete’s main instrument–his or her body. It is not meant to be titillating in the way that the infamous swimsuit issue is.

  • persephone

    I think the ESPN Body issue is amazing.

    The Jehovah’s Witnesses push you away from sports because they take your time and attention away from god and witnessing, and puts them on the individual. They don’t want their book selling slaves to have an individual sense of identity.

  • Bryony

    Couldn’t the “Body” magazine, which seems to be more a celebration of the power of the human form rather than an objectification thereof, be seen as a way to follow the biblical idea of celebrating one’s body as a temple?

  • Holly

    Aren’t we born unclothed? Don’t the Rapture predictions say clothing will be left behind?