A famous professional athlete attended our worship services intermittently. He, and others like him, had given up regular attendance or publicly claiming to be Adventist. But being married with children, he desired to bring them up in his childhood religion. The only problem was the conventional thinking among some that his profession was the devil’s workshop.
Many professional athletes feel unaccepted in our denomination. Our attitude toward sports appears to have driven many of our young, talented, successful athletes to other denominations, where they are welcomed with open arms. We have lost tremendous opportunities to show the world, through them, our distinctive beliefs, and how Adventist Christian athletes can be paragons of fair play, integrity, and discipline.
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