No, playing football is not a sin. The Bible does not condemn fun. Football played right is a very fun game, good for health and that promotes teamwork. The problem is not to play ball but the heart and intentions of the player.
If Jesus is working in your life, you will avoid cursing, fighting and hurting during the football game. You also won’t be a bad loser, not taking the game too seriously. None of this is part of the game, it comes from the person’s heart. The way you even play can be a good testimony for your friends who are not believers.
Can a believer be a professional player?
Yes, a believer can be a professional soccer player. Playing football is an honest profession, like any other. A good professional soccer player needs to have many Christian virtues, such as:
- Hard work – Proverbs 14:23
- Give your best – Colossians 3:23
- Teamwork – Ephesians 4: 2
As in any profession, the professional football player will face many temptations. So it is very important to ask God for strength and courage to do what is right.
And cheer for a team, can you?
Yes, we can support a team but without fanaticism. It’s just a game. You don’t have to fight or show disrespect to cheer for your team. We can cheer in a fun and innocent way, making a difference by moderation and respect.
Beware of those who are too radical, forbidding everything ( Colossians 2: 20-23 ). We have the right to have fun, just like the rest of the world, but in the right way. God likes to see us happy.
Attention! Football cannot take God’s place. If you notice that you are very attached to football and this is interfering with your life and fellowship with God, stay away from the game ( 1 Corinthians 6:12 ).