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I go to a secular school and play on the (girl's) soccer team. According to the schedule, we have quite a few games against Christian schools. I'm not sure what I should do at a game-should I not really want or try to win so my team can see that the Christian school won and therefore maybe turn to God a bit more? Or should I really try my best? I'm concerned that if I do, it might be as if I'm favoring soccer over God, and I definitely don't want that. Thank you! God bless.

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Why do you think match fixing would impress God? That's just daft. –  curiousdannii Aug 22 '14 at 0:50
This is an advice question. –  Andrew Aug 22 '14 at 1:39
As an academic religious question this is fantastic. As an antagonistic question as well. 'Is Christianity based on match-fixing?' and Would match-fixing impress God? –  gideon marx Aug 22 '14 at 8:00
The question should perhaps just be reworded slightly so it's less a request for personal, pastoral advice, and more a question of what does Scripture, and/or what do Christian denominations teach about this. More generally than match fixing, the question could be stated: "Is it okay (scriptural/what does the Church believe about) to fake God's blessing or His favour in order to attract non-believers to Christ?" Which isn't something my answer deals with, but could I think be answered from Scripture. –  Wlerin Aug 22 '14 at 10:11
*or rather, that's a broader question that could also be answered. –  Wlerin Aug 22 '14 at 10:18

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Whose Christian life is going to be a greater witness to your team mates? Yours, who they meet every week, or the players on the other team who they see once, maybe twice a season? And are you honoring God by playing half-heartedly or sabotaging the team He has placed you in? Consider:

Col 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work with all your heart, as for the Lord rather than for men

(Also verse 17 and Ephesians 6:7.)

Eccl 9:10a Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...

God wants us each to excel in what we do, wherever He has placed us, wherever we find ourselves. Not by sinning, to be clear, but you are not sinning by giving your all in an athletic match.

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Romans 5:3-5 says, "Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. So if you make the other team suffer by defeating them, it's ultimately for their benefit...right? –  Andrew Aug 22 '14 at 1:42

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