“Many folks today think that spiritual matters are as compatible with sports as fire is with ice. Put fire and ice together, and they will destroy each other – the fire will turn the ice into water, and the water will then put out the fire. Put God and sports together, according to many coaches, and religious faith will destroy an athlete’s competitive drive. Put God and sports together, according to many ministers, and athletic success will only teach the believer to think he is important instead of God. The truth is, God and sports not only can go together, they need to go together. Only developing the spirit and the body together can bring out the best in each. The Sport and Christianity Group are to be commended for their thoughtful, holistic integration of the two. Their statement elucidates how a healthy respect for the individual integrity of both sport and Christian faith makes each component stronger in their integration.”
“The Declaration on Sport and the Christian Life is a provocative call to all Christians involved in sports to practice our kingdom commitment and values. I am thrilled to endorse the Declaration. It is my hope and prayer that Christ followers will heed this call to reflect His kingdom in and through the world of sports.