Aug 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Lestar Jean (18) prays after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

God and Sports

Since it’s the Sabbath day for most Christians I’d thought I’d write a different type of article.  These are my opinions and since talking about the existence of God is frowned upon by much of the media to not offend people I try to stay away from any specific beliefs I have.  If you get offended by people talking about God just skip this article as it is not intended to offend anybody.

Most touchdowns, most game winning shots, most stolen bases or hits, most press conferences has a player thanking God for having that happen to them or for the talent they have.  Even before games, players are down on one knee or doing a cross before an at bat.  Here’s a very funny SNL skit with Tebow and the Broncos that kind of puts my point across:

Hopefully that video doesn’t offend anybody and should be taken in a light-hearted manner.  Does God really care about sports?  No I don’t think so.  Are athletes above the rest of God’s children?  Nope.  Whether you believe in God or not, what makes a person good is the kindness and charity towards others.  Athletes have been blessed with size and talent that helps them compete above and beyond the rest of us and even though they are seen as idols or gods among men, they are simply equal with the rest of us.

It cracks me up every time I hear an athlete say something like ” I want to thank God” after they win a game.  Thank God for sure, but do you really think He helped you win over the other team?  Did the other team not pray hard enough or not at all so that allowed you and your teammates to win the game?  It’s a little concerning to me when athletes ego’s get that big that they think they are more important than their fellow brethren on the other team in God’s eyes.  If there is a God, which I think there is, He is gonna be somewhere with a family that is grieving or a city that needs help rather than at a sporting event helping a certain player or team win.

So next time an athlete wants to thank God for his ability to get paid millions to play a sport, go out in the community and help someone in need.  Please no more of these players thanking God then going out and using HGH or committing crimes.  Instead use that hard earned money and the body that God blessed you with to bless the lives of others.

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. – Luke 12:48 (KJV)

A lot of players do give back to their respective communities and start up charities and do a lot of good and to them I say well done.  This is the type of person that kids can look up to and fans alike.  For the rest of us that mediocre jobs that pay the bills and get by paycheck to paycheck, going out and serving is the best thing that you can do to make this world better.

The world is in a scary place right now as God has been kicked out of schools and mocked among most media while the very constitution and ideals that this country was founded upon are being questioned every day and pushed aside.  My point to this article is not to get God out of sports but to be done in the right way where God is respected and athletes are paying it forward.

In God We Trust.  In Sports We Enjoy.  In Athletes We Look Up To.

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  • NightyKnight13

    In his autobiography, Andre Agassi mentioned how much it bugged him when he played Michael Chang and how Chang would always be pointing up to sky and thanking God for helping him win. When I play sports, I pray to have fun and avoid injury, but I leave Him out of the outcome.

    • NightyKnight13

      By the way, kudos for addressing a topic in sports that most in the media are reluctant to approach.

      • Josh Haslam

        Thanks, definitely is a difficult topic to approach

  • Mark

    Great article. Way to go on helping keep this whole “political correctness” thing at a reasonable level. I agree that I don’t think God has a favorite team, but I do think sports is something he is a fan of. Sports are a great way to stay healthy and maintain the bodies He gave us, and more importantly, promote healthy relationships among people through teamwork. It offers an opportunity for inclusion, goals that keep kids straight, teaches discipline and unity. I honestly believe that healthy and friendly competition can be a great tool. Of course, just like any tool, it can be abused as well (as we see all too often), but it can be a major opportunity to improve the lives of kids and adults alike. Thanks for the article. Very refreshing. Anyone offended is overly-sensitive and simply LOOKING for an excuse to be offended.

    • Josh Haslam

      Thanks for the comment and the support. Yeah I completely agree that we have sports for a reason and it definitely helps teach kids and adults alike core values and principles. Great comment!