Why are people so angry over an NFL player that refused to stand for the National Anthem? Hundreds of thousands of words have been written on the subject and I won't rehash any of them but I'd ask you to consider the reason people are outraged and why it matters.
Sports fan is a shortened form of the original term, sports fanatic. Fanatic is defined as a person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal (great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective), especially for an extreme religious or political cause. A religion can be defined as pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.
We all know these folks, the ones that come to work on Monday depressed because their team lost. Sports fans across the world spend their time, talent, and money supporting "their team". They raise their hands and sing praises and cheers in loud voices. There is nothing wrong with healthy spectator sports, time with friends, and having a good time at an event. In a balanced life and mind, the wholesome good time of competition and sport is a gift from God but there is another side.
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1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
1 Corinthians 10:14 ESV Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
Judges 10:14 ESV Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.
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