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 Vol. 7, No. 12 

December 2005


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Statistical Activity

By Louis Rushmore

Image A scoreboard is "a large board for displaying the score of a game or match," and a scorecard is "a card for recording the score of a game." A scorekeeper is "one that keeps score," and scoreless means "having no score" (Merriam-Webster). In other words, a scoreboard and its related words pertain to statistical activity. Usually, these words pertain to various games or sports with which humans amuse themselves, such as baseball, basketball, hockey, football, auto racing or golf.

In principle, a scoreboard and its related words can pertain to other areas of life such as business and the stock market. As important as business matters may be, still there is another, more important area of life for Christians that could be summarized with statistical activity or a scoreboard of sorts. The Wadsworth, Ohio church of Christ has a scoreboard of sorts or records statistical activity respecting their labors for the Lord in its community; this record board accompanies the usual information boards (i.e., attendance, contribution, song numbers) at the front of the auditorium.

Christianity, while not strictly a sport and not trivial like a mere game, is compared to sporting events several times in the New Testament (Galatians 2:2; 5:7; 1 Corinthians 9:24-26; Philippians 2:16; 3:14; 2 Timothy 4:7; Hebrews 12:1). Likewise, the Old Testament portrays the godly pursuit as a race (Psalm 19:5; Ecclesiastes 9:11; Jeremiah 12:5). The scoreboard or statistical activity exists for every congregation and for each child of God, irrespective of whether realized. No congregation and no Christian can afford the spiritual consequences of entering eternity scoreless! Individual Christians and congregations must be "zealous of good works" (Titus 2:14). Therefore, please make it your personal responsibility to strengthen and grow the cause of Christ. This is something that everyone can do! We do not know what we can do until we try.Image

Works Cited

Merriam-Webster, I. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 10th ed. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 1993. CD-ROM. Bellingham: Logos, 1996.

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