Reframing the Question
I used to loathe sports, sports culture, and anyone who played sports. This abject hatred stemmed partly from how parents, teammates, coaches, and opponents mistreated me. Such mistreatment was indeed evil, but was a normal part of a fallen world. Another part of my disdain stemmed from how I came to perceive myself and others based on performance. Being controlled by such comparisons is a selfish, hateful, and cowardly way to live.
I have asked in the past, “How should the Church redeem sports and sports culture such that the weak are not discouraged, humiliated, and treated as sub-humans?” Perhaps this was the wrong question. The world will always attempt to discourage, humiliate, and mistreat the weak. Perhaps the question should be, “How should we redeem sports such that the weak can endure mistreatment and accept failure with courage?”
Suffering, weakness, and failures all lead to glory in light of the resurrection, the hope of the Christian. Courage & Resurrection