A yearlong government investigation has determined that Australian professional sports is “beset by” illegal performance-enhancing drugs and “a growing organized-crime presence.” Justice and Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said, “It’s cheating with the help of criminals” (“Sports Probe,” Wall Street Journal, Feb. 8-12, 2013). European sporting authorities are investigating a global crime syndicate alleged to have fixed soccer matches, and in America Lance Armstrong recently admitted to using drugs to win seven Tour de France cycling titles, with other sports professionals in on that particular fix.
None of this is surprising. There is nothing godly about professional sports. It’s not about the fans or “the game” or “having a good time.” It’s about the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). The heart and soul of it is money, and the Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).
(Friday Church News Notes, February 15, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)