The Beautiful Game

“There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” acts 4:12

Which sport is best? Which is worst?

ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser may speak for many Americans when he bashes soccer, but he certainly doesn’t speak for all of us. I have an American friend who is quick to defend what Pele called “the beautiful game.”

“Americans don’t appreciate the tactical nature of soccer,” he says. “Soccer is much more than scoring. A single pass can be beautiful. There’s no artistry in instant gratification.”

Then there’s baseball. My wife can’t understand why I actually want the pitcher to hold the runner on first. She just thinks it slows down what she finds to be an already too slow game. She prefers hockey. The point is that we each have different tastes and preferences. And each game can be a favorite to numbers of people.

Many people feel that way about religion—that it’s okay to select whichever one best suits your style.

But Jesus was emphatic in saying that you can’t pick and choose religions. He knew that a fallen human race could never measure up to God’s standard of perfect holiness. That’s why He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). The only way to please God is to give your heart to His Son, Jesus. He died for you, paying the penalty for your sin. And He grants eternal life to anyone who will accept Him (John 3:16).

When it comes to which sport is the beautiful game, take your pick. But when it comes to pleasing God, we can only choose the Beautiful Name.

From the playbook: Read John 14:5–14.