My trips to England have convinced me that in many european countries soccer has replaced God. The big Cathedrals of Europe are empty, the soccer stadiums are full of fans (worshippers) of soccer. So when I heard about “Missionball” I was all in on the idea.
The one issue that could be tabled against this form of spreading the gospel is the use of a known false god “Soccer” to point to the true God of Scripture. Should we have a problem with that? A soccer ball is just item used in the game of soccer…not an idol..but could become one if a person’s heart lets it become one. So to put this into perspective, could we be all in on a mission plan that printed the gospel on Buddha’s Stomach? I think not. One could easily say that God doesn’t need soccer to draw glory to himself, and we would have to whole heartily agree, But here is the truth about the missionball’s misssion…its really only an item on which the “WORD” is printed.
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
We don’t worship images…The world does
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
We Share the Gospel story, and trust it to do a work in the heart of man.
1 Corinthians 1
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God
So rest assured that since it’s the spoken and written word that God has chosen to use to set the lost free, printing it on most anything is a great way of having it spread.