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5 Great Sports Movies With Christian Themes

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Here are what I believe five of the greatest sports movies with a Christian theme in them.

Facing the Giants

Facing the Giants might be one of the greatest sports movies with or without a Christian theme, although this movie certainly does have a Christian influence in it. There is a definite faith-based theme in this movie and with the lyrics of Casting Crowns and Third Day and four other artists’ included in the soundtrack proving this point, Coach Grant Taylor has always had a losing season in football with the Shiloh Eagles and this year, it only got worse. Coach Taylor now faced pressure from the school and he faced trouble at home. It’s only when some stranger enters his life that his faith is renewed and he comes up with a plan to make his players believe that God can help them turn their season around. That’s exactly what happens. They begin to believe…and believe in one another too. That’s when the greatest challenge of all comes.

The Blind Side

This movie is very inspiring and may bring a few tears with it. This inspiring movie is about an underdog who defies all odds where a young man drifts in and out of seven different institutions, hopelessly getting into all sorts of trouble, until a young woman, Leigh Anne Tuohy, gives Micah Oher a place to stay and a chance for a new life. What happens is that she and her husband end up adopting Micah and it changes everyone’s life including the woman’s and her husband’s, Sean’s. If anyone’s ever made a serious mistake or two, they might like this movie because it’s all about second chances and having someone care enough to even go into a dangerous place to rescue Micah from his former life…again…and bring him back for good. The young man eventually develops under Leigh’s influence and becomes a major football star and is recruited by a major college power.

Chariots of Fire

This inspiring faith-based sports movie won four Academy Awards and is about a couple of long-distance runners named Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs only for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew, who runs to overcome prejudice and to make his place in Cambridge society. During the 1924 Olympics, Liddell learns that one of the heats, the 100 meter race, is on a Sunday and so he feels he must withdraw from the race because his conscience won’t allow him to run on the Lord’s day, resisting great pressure from the Prince of Wales and the British Olympic Committee. Moved by Liddell’s resolve, Andrew Lindsay, lets Liddell take his race on the following Thursday. In a sermon Liddell would later give at the Church of Scotland he quoted Isaiah 40:31 which says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Linsanity

Linsanity is a documentary film about an Asian- American basketball player trying to make in a world that defies all the odds like racism and prejudice which he faces at nearly every turn. Jeremy Lin takes his faith and desire to the maximum capacity and finally develops into a college basketball star at Harvard and then the unlikeliest of all leaps happens; he ends up becoming a premier professional basketball player for the NBA’s New York Knicks. This documentary shows Lin from his very beginning to NBA and how this climb was strengthened by his faith in God and his sheer determination and as such, became America’s unlikeliest of sports heroes.

Remember the Titans

In 1971, after leading his team to 15 straight winning seasons, football coach Bill Yoast is demoted by the school and placed under a tough, harsh, and very opinionated Herman Boone. This comes at a time when the white southern high school is integrated with black students from a nearby school causing tensions to run high. Both schools are recognized for their football programs which are now unified but one coach is preferred over another and it creates a great amount of tension between the two coaches. These two men overcome a lot of their differences and then take an angry mob of young men and turn them into gridiron champions. The lessons for everyone involved are life-changing and it is their faith that drives them. Some criticize it because it’s predictable but it's also a well-crafted movie with a very powerful lesson and features terrific performances from great casting.a

Article by Pastor Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel.

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