To Play or Not to Play?
Did you know that there is a Theology of Play? Just ask Jürgen Moltmann.
Now – closer to our times, there is a very important volume on this topic published recently by evangelical Christians. It is called The Image of God in the Human Body: Essays on Christianity and Sports and you can have it for a mere $149.95 [though it seems to be out of stock on Amazon].
If you play with that kind of money, buy yourself one and then grab an extra copy and send it to me! :)
As a ‘player’ [I play soccer almost weekly and I used to play many sports in my youth :)] I am very much interested in this subject and I plan to read some more. I hope these readings will help me have a healthy/biblical view about this important topic.
I do know that God made Leviathan “to play [some translations ‘sport’] with,” but other than that I have my doubts about play in a Christian context. What bothers me the most is that Jesus seems to have never played, at least in his last three years of life. I can see, however, how this is a very special case.
But, did the disciples play? Did my ‘heroes,’ the Puritans, play? Hmm…I don’t see much play there either!?
I will have to ponder more on this. Meanwhile, these resources should help to get us started. If play is a big part of your life [well, it should not be a BIG part of anyone’s life; I am pretty sure about that] you will benefit if you have a clearer biblical/theological understanding of this.
Now I have to get back to work, lest my friends and family think that all I do is play! :)
P.S. I haven’t written much on this blog for quite some time. Can you guess why? Yes, you are right, no time for play! :(
P.S. 2. If you are one of our students taking Intensive Greek right now, please get back to your studies! I am pretty sure there is no time for you to play! Unless, of course, Greek is child’s play for you!? :)