In our article on the Sunday Observance we mentioned already that for many the Sunday is a time of leisure and as such most people being free it would be a good day to gather for a service to Break the Bread and to bring glory to God. But it also could be a good day to gather to enjoy some physical activity together.
One century ago brother H. W. Browne wrote:
Football, Cricket, Swimming, etc.
Young brethren (and sisters) should not be discouraged from indulging in games, temperately both in thoughts and actions, because they are profitable in developing physique and the habits of mind resulting in self-control, patience, unselfishness, etc. (1 Cor. ix. 24-27; Heb. xii. 1-4). This is recognised by Education Authorities who have compulsory games.
The fact that clubs are formed by the world for the proper conduct of games is no reason why clubs should not be formed in the brotherhood for similar purposes. If it were a reason, all the truth’s activities would stop,e.g., preaching, etc. As games are not compulsory, they should be played among brethren only, as we would withdraw from the world whenever possible.
Systematic recreation among brethren would remove the temptation to play in the world. Games must, however, give way to the more important duties of a brother’s life in Christ.
H. W. Browne