Monday, January 16, 2006

This post is not about football

“It was just deflating,” [Pittsburgh Steeler Hines] Ward said. “He rarely fumbles the ball and if this had been his last game, you would have hated to see him go out like that. ... I truly believe the man up above had something to do with that.”
GOD DOES NOT MAKE PEOPLE DO THINGS IN SPORTS. God does not score touchdowns. He does not make people miss field goals just so a guy's last play in his career isn't a fumble that loses the game. God does not hit homeruns, score 40 points in basketball, kick a goal...

How dense does one have to be to think that a Just God would have people playing well in sports when whole continents are starving or dying of preventable diseases? How great is a God that allows war to continue or murder or human suffering because He's too busy playing sports?

Give me a break. To those athletes who think that God is guiding their play and who pray for the television cameras, consider this part of your religion:
Matthew 6:5-6: "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men....when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret...."
Next time you point to the sky when hitting a homerun, ye hypocrites, know that your God is frowning upon you, and that your God did not make you hit the ball. And my eyes are rolling.

Oh, and go Steelers. (Why?) And look, Big Ben has his own blog.

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