Lost moment. The players had the largest audience in history and they failed to inspire or deliver. All game I am thinking they needed my mom to read them stories such as "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" or my dad giving them the 'fatherly eye', for faking an injury to escape responsibilities of life, or Coach Vascenosky lecturing the 7th grade boys on his football team about integrity in sport. (Coach Vascenosky's name, unfortunately is on the Vietnam War memorial wall for he gave his life for our country.) I won't' be watching any more soccer games for years. With the exception of the dude who took cleats to his chest most of the falling down, and raising their hands in animated disappointment to the authority figure was disgusting and embarrassing. I should have left the game to play with my middle granddaughter.
My perspective is skewed, because day in, day out in every chemo ward unheralded people will without fanfare, or feigned injury, draw any attention to their quiet battle against a deadly disease. There won't be any audience to cheer them as they are infused with cancer killing drugs that are so powerful they also kill healthy cells. I won't cheer for any professional soccer player for years and years. I stopped watching professional basketball for the same reason. I am the one who asks "Lebron, who?" I need some time to get over their spoiled whining. If anyone wants to witness true athletiscm, heroism and courage in action, park outside any of the thousands of chemo wards in every major city and as care givers escort the patients to their cars, give THEM a standing ovation. (And stop parking in their spaces). Look for war vets, especially Vietnam War vets and give them some adoration, instead of these spoiled babies who comprise professional sports.
Take the World Cup away from Spain and give it to a more deserving team who refused to fake and deceive the ref's. Neither team in the finals deserved it. The ruling authorities need to make a statement, and not allow such Narcissist behavior in the World Cup or any Professional sporting event. My mom, dad, teachers and coaches never tolerated this deceptive behavior, and why are we perpetuating this 'idolatrous' attention to professional athletes. Cast down your idols. These sporting 'god's' who love themselves are unworthy of anyone's adoration or even attention. These self lovers contribute to making this wonderful, God given life the "terrible times" as described below.
2 Timothy 3: 1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.2 People will be lovers of themselves,…
The reason there will be 'terrible times' is not because of God's time clock but the continued adoration of people who are "lovers of themselves". The largest audience, ever in the history of mankind witnessed "lovers of themselves". Civilization as we know it, will become the "terrible times", if this behavior continues to be encouraged.
South Africa did a great job of hosting this extraordinary event. May God bless all those who were lovers of God, others and life and may God help the "lovers of themselves" to repent and give the glory to God. If they do, human civilization can continue to enjoy good times. If they don't, terrible times will be our future.