The Gap Between God And Sports

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What I Learned: While researching this topic I found many answers to my questions and more. One of the questions I really wanted answered was whether the gap between God and sports is widening or shrinking? To my surprise, honestly, studies show the gap is shrinking. I’m genuinely surprised by that answer because society today seems to be turning in the other direction, but in this case it feels good to be wrong. In an article by Jason W. Lee, who has a PHD from Troy State University, it was stated that God, “can be found in nearly every part of the sports world, from the energized boxing rings of Las Vegas and Atlantic City to the sprawling stock car tracks of the South, from the boisterous stadiums of football to the lush, green…show more content…
“The convergence of religion and football has its critics. There has been scrutiny - and a re-examination of rules - for how Christianity has been interwoven into the program at Clemson” (Russo, 2015, para. 5). Even with all the skepticism, their football program starts every game with a prayer, and they believe faith is the cause for their football team’s success (Russo, 2015). In Russo’s article, coach Dabo Swinney who found Christ through the FCA program, expresses his opinions on the topic: “ ‘I try to be who I am. I try to be transparent. I try to live my life in a way that I hope is pleasing to my maker. As a program, we try to challenge these guys to be the best that they can be every day.’ " (Russo, 2015, para. 6). Athletes are allowed to have their faith of choice, but are limited to the amount exposure. What I discovered is that this a problem in itself. What is too much? What is violating the rules? After finding this problem, I was intrigued to find the answers. What were the actual laws that limit public displays of religion, and faith? According to the Minnesota State High School League rule book, their job is to, “work affirmatively to ensure that all persons, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, religion, marital status, age, handicapped status or reliance on public assistance, political opinion or affiliation, or military service will be treated fairly and equally in employment or
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