More Enthusiasm for Sport Than for One’s “Neighbor”?

I just stumbled upon a 1970s or 1980s Billy Graham crusade. He said: “here in this stadium when you have a football game, if you’re really for Texas Tech you’re really gonna shout loud when they make a touchdown and the man who loves his neighbor the most will fight all that hurts and deprives and oppresses his neighbor. Paul said, ‘who is offended and I burn not?'”

It is not the most articulate analogy, but powerful nonetheless. How can we (secular or religious) be more impassioned of sport than of social injustice? How can we complain of illegal immigration while failing to eradicate human trafficking? How do we demand lower taxes while advocating mass incarceration? How can we oppose abortion and ignore adults who die from AIDS?

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