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Treat every day like the Lord's Day in our modern society

Editor's Viewpoint

One of the legendary figures of sport is Harry Gregg, who was a superb goalkeeper and also a hero of the Munich air disaster.

In today's Belfast Telegraph there is a major interview with Harry, who reveals another side to his personality. He talks about his Christian faith as a young man and how he subsequently lost it following the death of his wife Mavis from cancer. Harry also explains why he supports the idea of football being played in Belfast this Sunday for the first time, at Windsor Park.

This has been a remarkable week of dramatic, indeed shocking, news which included the deaths of so many people in the airliner which was deliberately steered into a French mountain by the co-pilot.

The questions of faith and life-and-death issues which challenged young Harry Gregg must have also confronted the innocent victims of the air crash in their last terrifying moments, and also the millions who reacted to the tragedy and may have asked themselves 'Why does God allow these things to happen?'

The concept of God and biblical teaching has been at the centre of a court case this week involving the Ashers Bakery Company and the Equality Commission, and the outcome is still being determined.

These are huge moral and religious questions which have exercised the minds of many of the world's greatest thinkers, throughout time, and it is right that we too should grapple with them today.

There are no easy answers to most of these questions, but the issue of Sunday football is perhaps clearer to summarise.

While it would be wrong to deny Sabbatarians their views, the freedom to play football and other games on a Sunday is part of the modern, inclusive society we are trying to build in Northern Ireland.

As one Christian observed in the Belfast Telegraph this week, this is not just an issue of sport on a Sunday, but that every day should be treated as the Lord's Day. This has been a week which has given all of us cause to reflect very deeply.

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