“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.”

Rev. Canon Dr. John Ashley Null

“I affirm this Declaration and appreciate the framework it creates for the necessary and needed conversations. I have been passionate for and engaged in sport for as long as I can remember, and I resonate with the clarity of which the Declaration describes how sport can be brought to life in and through a proper understanding and context. I am all for the enjoyment of sport as the Declaration describes and embrace the powerful tool and witness it can be for the nations of the world to see genuine Christ followers living out their faith to the glory of God!”

Mark Householder