I have to admit: soccer, excuse me, football, has little interest to me. The World Cup just concluded this past week and France has taken the title for the 2nd time in World Cup history. I’m told that is huge. Also, let it be know that the World Cup final is the most watched sporting event on the planet!
It’s not the World Series, it’s not the Super Bowl, it’s the World Cup. Soccer has had a difficult time gaining traction in the United States but it certainly is the World’s top sport. With little interest in the sport and so many around us that are from different countries, it is difficult to relate to them when we have no idea what their sport is truly like. John Madden once said that soccer could be made more interesting for Americans if they set the ball on fire in the last two minutes!
This made me think about relating to others who do not share my same interests. How can I possibly get the chance to share Christ with them if I can’t talk sports with another guy? I remember one time I was at a baseball game with some colleagues from India. I was trying to explain the sport to them but they had such a hard time getting the rules of Cricket out of their heads. So, we tried to explain each other’s sport to one another and began to develop a relationship. Remember what Paul said to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 9:19-22; For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.”
So maybe, just maybe, learning some else’s sport or something else that interests them will open a door to sharing the Gospel with them. We can become all things to all people by taking an interest in soccer! Imagine that!