In the NFC Championship game last Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks looked doomed to lose against the Green Bay Packers, but pulled the game even after 60 minutes of football. After winning the coin toss, Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson threw the game winning 35-yard touchdown pass, finishing off the miraculous comeback. Teary eyed, he spoke to reporters about the win.
“God is too good all the time, man. Every time,” Wilson told sideline reporter Erin Andrews.
This prompted the age-old question: Does God show favor in sports?
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Aaron Rodgers, the Christian quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, spoke to that on ESPN Milwaukee with Jason Wilde. A listener phoned into the show and said:
“I always find it a little off-putting when athletes, actors and anybody says, ‘This is what God wanted,’ or ‘I want to thank God for helping us win today,’ anything along those lines when a game or award is won,” the listener said. “I’m paraphrasing here, but you get the gist. Personally, with all the chaos in the world, I’m not sure God really cares about the outcome of a game or an awards show. What do you think of statements such as these?”
“I agree with her,” Rodgers responded. “I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome. He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.”
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If God did show favor in helping Wilson win the game, does that mean he didn’t show favor to Rodgers? Or does God allow His children to exercise their free will on the field?
Commenting on the game, Stephen A. Smith of ESPN’s First Take said that he has no problem with what Wilson said, but added that Wilson should “make sure you’re that way when you lose.”
“I don’t believe that God is with me when things are going well, and that’s it,” Smith said. “I believe He’s also with me when things are going bad.”
God is omnipotent and omniscient; it’s not out of His control to step in. But does He? Let us know what you think!
h/t: USA Today
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