Eric Liddell’s pleasure was in honoring the Lord’s Sabbath day, which pointed forward to the eternal Sabbath.
“If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,
from doing your pleasure on my holy day,
and call the Sabbath a delight
and the holy day of the Lord honorable;
if you honor it, not going your own ways,
or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly;
then you shall take delight in the Lord” (Isaiah 58:13-14).
Professing Christians among American football, basketball and baseball stars should take their cue from Scotland rugby star Euan Murray, who has resolved to skip Sunday games.