It’s no surprise that Euan Murray would be in the news for opting out of playing in important World Cup rugby matches. But the reason for him opting out is particularly interesting. I don’t understand why people are so shocked that a Christian would take their faith so seriously. Murray said himself:
It’s basically all or nothing, following Jesus. I don’t believe in pick ‘n’ mix Christianity. I believe the Bible is the word of God, so who am I to ignore something from it? I might as well tear out that page then keep tearing out pages as and when it suits me. If I started out like that there would soon be nothing left. I want to live my life believing and doing the things (God) wants and the Sabbath day is a full day. It’s not a case of a couple of hours in church then playing rugby or going down the pub, it’s the full day.
This man really has counted the cost. It’s a big thing to be famous and stand up for Jesus. And it’s my personal opinion that Celebrities who are Christians may have to be radical in different ways to us common folk, because all eyes are on them.
The reason I think this is because Euan Murray thinks that Sunday should be completely devoted to God, which means no leisure or entertainment on a Sunday. As C.S Lewis once said, some people say that Sunday is the Sabbath, whilst others believe that every day is Holy and therefore the difference shouldn’t be made in light of New Testament Covenant. Whatever the ‘right’ opinion is, if there is one, Euan Murray is doing a good thing. He’s putting himself out for the sake of the Gospel. And no doubt, people will think it’s stupid, uneducated and dull.
But in his refraining from playing, he’s offering an alternative. We don’t have to spend all our time pleasing ourselves.
Now, over to you: Do you think Sunday should be kept completely holy? i.e no leisure activities. Is church an every day thing? Do you think Murray’s actions are a bit too far? Would love to know your opinions!
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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