TV preacher Pat Robertson advised a mother that she should follow the lead of fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A and not allow her child to play soccer on Sunday.
A 700 Club viewer named Terri explained in an email to Robertson that her nephew had been hoping to get a soccer scholarship, but his mother was torn because some of the matches meant that the boy would miss church.
“She is torn and having a hard time finding any peace in all this,” Terri wrote. “Your thoughts?”
“There’s a restaurant, it’s called Chick-fil-A,” Robertson pointed out. “Mr. Cathy decided years and years ago that he was going to resist pressure and close on Sunday, that he wasn’t going to do business on the Lord’s day, and he wasn’t going to make his employees work on the Lord’s day.”
According to Robertson, Cathy had become a “multi-billionaire” and his restaurants were popular because he had been “faithful to the Lord.”
“I’m sorry… which is more important? Jesus or soccer?” the televangelist asked. “And God can make a way for your son without having to compromise his faith.”
“You and I and every human being needs one day out of seven to rest,” he opined. “And if everything is jam, jam, jam, jam, all day long, it’s small wonder we’ve got so much mental breakdown. We’re a Prozac nation so everybody’s all hyped up because we don’t rest.”
Watch the video below from CBN’s The 700 Club, broadcast April 6, 2014.