NCAA March Madness, BYU, and the Youth Group???….

In all the buildup to last night’s NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament, I heard an interesting point in on ncaabbone of the local sports radio stations. They told the story of the “BYU Rule”, where BYU has made a school policy to not play on Sunday for any reason. The NCAA has a rule on the books that states that if the school is objects to play on the sabbath for religious grounds and it is on file by September 1 of the school year, that there will be allowances made for the school(s) involved.

BYU is a school that in basketball has produced a few good players and has a couple national championships. While I do not agree with the doctrines of the LDS, the simple act of standing up and respectfully (not with shouting, signs, or megaphones) declining to play on Sunday, I can applaud.

By the way, they did make it into the tournament, and here is where they landed

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

What would it look like if large groups of Christians took the same kind of stance that this university has? Would our Middle School and High School Sports culture look any different than it does today? Chime in with your thoughts below… 


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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at and on the Kindle Store.

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