Dear Christian Mom, Should you let your son play football?

Dr. Ann McKee is a neuropathologist. She studies brains of dead people looking for diseases. She has studied the brains of 46 football players. 45 of those brains had Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. “Individuals with CTE may show symptoms of dementia, such as memory loss, aggression, confusion and depression, which generally appear years or many decades after the trauma.”

One might say, “Well there are several thousand former professional football players, so 45 out of several thousand is a pretty small percentage.” But that is the wrong way to process the information. Dr. McKee. and others like her, can only study the brains of dead players. The number you need to focus on is 45 out of 46: nearly 98%.

Suppose you are at the grocery store in front of the bananas. There are several thousand of them. The produce clerk tells you that they have tested 46 bananas and found that 45 of them are poisoned with arsenic. What do you do? Do you focus on the fact that only 2% of the bananas are poisoned? Or do you focus on the fact that 98% of the tested bananas are poisoned? Do you buy any bananas?

Believers are instructed in to do all things “to the glory of God.” Man, as the crown of God’s creation, is made in God’s image. There is a lot of discussion about what exactly that means, but pretty much everyone agrees that the rationality of man is included in the equation. Is it to God’s glory to allow your child to participate in an activity that will rob him of his ability to think and relate to others? Is it to God’s glory to allow your child to participate in an activity that will cause him to lose his memory and to despair of living? Is it to God’s glory to allow your child to participate in an activity that inflicts this damage upon others?

Is God glorified in any activity that causes a man to lose his mind?

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4 thoughts on “Dear Christian Mom, Should you let your son play football?

  1. Unfortunately, many activities which cause men to lose their minds aren’t even physical ones. J.d. played flag football one year, I didn’t want him to get knocked around!

  2. Thanks Lorri. I am not sure if I have ever said it before, or if I ever will again, but I am thankful how the Lord used PBS’s Frontline program “League of Denial.” I haven’t watched a minute of football-college or NFL since.

    I find I have a lot more free time over the weekends!

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