Cricket And Christianity
The righteousness of God . . . is revealed . . . through faith in Jesus Christ. óRomans 3:21-22
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While visiting Jamaica on a missions trip with high school students, I discovered how much the people there love the game of cricket.
So I asked a Jamaican teenager to explain it to me. We sat on the ground, and he used rocks and sand drawings to help me understand it. Later, as our group was enjoying delicious jerk chicken, some of us watched a televised cricket match while a coach pointed out what was happening. Yet, after 11 days with Jamaicans, I still didnít understand their favorite game.
Iím sure some Jamaicans feel that way about American football. And millions of people worldwide consider baseball a mystery. One reason we may not like one anotherís sports is that we donít understand them.
Could that be true of the way you view Christianity? Could it be that you dislike it because it seems too complicated? Maybe it seems to you to be about rules and a big thick book with words you donít understand.
Actually, Christianity is simple: We can be made right with a holy God through faith in Jesusí death and resurrection. Our sins can be forgiven forever (see Romans 3:24,28; 10:9-10). Check it out. Youíll discover why believers love Jesus, and youíll learn to love Him too. óDave Branon
For Further Study
If you have questions about what it means to believe in Jesus,
read Do I Have The Right Kind Of Faith?
Faith is the hand that simply receives Godís gift of salvation.