[Originally posted on March 13 2014]
By Jacob Toman
Christ came back from the dead to redeem his people, his planet, and his passions. Jesus is Lord over every square inch of this earth, and what is above and beyond this globe. That includes both our race as humans, and the things we do-work and rest. Christ's Kingdom includes artists, plumbers, designers, musicians, singers, poets, narrators, authors, and writers.
Christ's Kingdom includes mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great grandchild.
Christ's Kingdom includes lawyers, sales representatives, call center operators, politicians, farmers, CEO's, and part-time employees.
Christ's Kingdom includes redeeming amatuer and professional sports. The following is taken from a Kotaku article about the attempted suicide of a young man who is a Professional Athlete competing in League of Legends. If you would like to read the article in it's entirety, click here.
There is corruption in esports just as there is in traditional sports. I challenge you today to THINK BIG about God's Kingdom, don't limit it to a particular time (Sunday Morning) or a particular space (Church). Realize there is an entire world that Christ came for and cares for, and even now NEEDS to experience gospel life.
"When we first made the team, we were told that AHQ sponsored us with cash and computers. We didn't know they only gave us gaming gear for rights to the team name. Our manager Noh had lied to us, and took out a loan to pay for our housing, living expenses, computers, and even our salaries. He was planning on placing illegal bets on eSports games and fixing them to win back the borrowed money and make a profit."
"tl;dr: I'm not in this world after 5 minutes, AHQ Korea was a team made by Noh to profit off illegal gambling, teammates didn't know and we had to fix games because of this. AHQ Taiwan never sponsored our team, it was a lie. I am sorry for all of this, and I can't tell you everything, but I'm leaving now as I cant deal with this anymore."
Where are the chaplains? Where are the counselors? Where are the evangelists?
Where is the compassion from Christians that serve the King who came to serve the sick and hurting?
Let's enter into this world of Esports and gaming, there Let's THINK BIG like our King!