‘sport’ Category Archives

10
Apr

ISRAEL FOLAU: a man with a message

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Faith, God, sport

Israel Folau, a famous Australian rugby player, was asked on social media about God’s plan for homosexuals.
He answered, “HELL…unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
Now he’s facing “sanctions” from Rugby Australia for what the media describe as his “homophobic” comments.
Three of Rugby Australia’s sponsors, Qantas, Asics and Land Rover, have expressed disapproval of Mr. Folau’s comments, which they say conflict with company policies of inclusiveness….
Mr. Folau’s policy, on the other hand, is to be a Christian believer — and to feel free to say so.
The Gospel on which Christianity is based makes two points clear:
(1) we humans must not judge other people’s worth in God’s eyes. But we are duty-bound to make judgments about people’s actions, including when they are sinful.
(2) we human beings are all in danger of hell unless we repent of our sins and turn to God.

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27
Mar

CRICKET NOW AN UN-SPORT? throwing away something good.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Ethics, God, sport

In recent times, Australians have been repeatedly reminded of our sporting heroes being unsporting – not “playing the game” anymore, ethics-wise.
In cricket it seems extra disappointing — sledging, brawling and ball-tampering throw away cricket’s traditional “gentlemanly” image.
This decline coincides with polls telling us that the biggest religious category amongst Australians is now “No Religion”.
I suppose if there was no God, there would be no reason to do the right thing.
There would be no “right” for a thing to be.
If we devote our Sundays to sport and to generally ignoring God, the next generation may be no better than this one.

28
Sep

ADELAIDE? RICHMOND? DOES IT MATTER: are we over-sported to the point of brain-damage?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Lifestyle, sport, Youth

If a community spends a full day not working because the next day 40 or 50 men will be pushing, shoving and brawling for possession of a ball at an oval somewhere….
What does it say about that community’s common-sense level?
Obviously, sport isn’t altogether a bad thing – at least in theory.
But in practice…?
Young children are born knowing nothing.
Are we teaching them by example that free time is best devoted primarily to sport?
Or, even worse, to sitting on our bottoms looking at sport?
Might we do better to spend at least part of such time on our knees – asking God to show us what on earth we are here on earth for?
Many families find Sundays an opportunity to do that.
Something to think about.

6
Jul

THE THOUGHTS OF BERNARD TOMIC: are they words of wisdom, after all?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Money, sport

Bernard Tomic may sometimes be annoying, but let’s listen again to his words.
They remind us that professional sport is intrinsically evil.
Not the worst evil in the world, perhaps — but evil nonetheless.
Evil in at least two ways:
(1) It creates rich parasites. They mightn’t mean to be parasites but don’t they take big money out of the system while doing nothing to help feed, educate, house or in any other way enhance anybody’s real life?
“No need to ever work”, as Mr Tomic said.
(2) “Get fit by physical training for the next 4 months,” recommends John Newcombe.
That’s a beauty, Newk.
Focus on your body. Sell your soul….
Once upon a time, Ron Clarke tripped and fell during the 1500 metres final at the 1956 Australian National Athletic Championships.
Fellow runner, John Landy, stopped and doubled back to check that Clarke was OK.
Clarke got up and they both started running again.
Too late….
But Landy’s attitude has won a place in the admiration of all Australians.
That was a different century — and a different world.
It wasn’t a perfect world then.
But it’s worse today, isn’t it?

8
Jun

TENNIS POLITICS: the thoughts of navratilova, court and goolagong

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Entertainment, Lifestyle, sport

Martina Navratilova was the world’s top woman tennis player for most of the 1980s.
Australia’s Margaret Court was top woman player for most of the 1970s.
Now they are both back in the news.
Last week Navratilova released an “open letter” suggesting that Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena tennis facility be re-named — because Margaret Court publicly criticises homosexual practices and says she will boycott Qantas airline (which promotes homosexual lobbying).
Navratilova wants the venue’s name changed to Evonne Goolagong Arena. She accuses Court of being “racist”.
All very interesting.
Evonne Goolagong herself told SBS last January that, “Margaret’s my hero — great player, wonderful champion and true professional in every way.”
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/01/29/margaret-court-greatest-goolagong

31
May

MARGARET COURT: back in the news and not pleasing everybody….

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Celebrities, Faith, Family, Lifestyle, Modern Church, sport

Margaret Court says marriage should be defined the way the Bible defines it.
Some “progressive” people think she needs a serious lesson in how you can’t say that there here.
They want her deprived of recognition as Australia’s best-ever tennis star.
They want things named in her honour to be given a different name.
Is she really an un-Australian and un-cool fanatic?
Check YouTube clips of Margaret playing contemporary top tennis ladies like Chrissie Evert.
She looks as though she’s having a quiet hit-up. She seems to be losing a lot of points. Then fast-forward and, behold, she wins the last point and there she is holding the Cup.
Check also video clips of her speeches and sermons about her faith.
She doesn’t appear very frenzied.
In fact, what she says seems to make a bit of sense.