Opinion—God’s involved in more than just sports


In Jesus name I playThroughout my life I have always been amazed when sports stars thank God and the Lord Jesus Christ for leading them, or their teams, to victory.

With all the dying, death, and destruction in the world, and this God has time to sit back and watch sports. Not just one sport, though. Every single sport. At every level. In every country.

Note that God goes by different names in some countries. Tower of Babel and all that.

This touchdown's for you, Jesus!

Now I find out that God (and, presumably, the Lord Jesus Christ) is involved in more things than just sports.

Texas Tech University won the 2017 National Meat Judging Championship. I’m quite familiar with meat judging and the national championship because one of my rampmates (Jimmy Mazurkiewicz) during my second semester at Texas A&M University in 1974 was on Texas A&M’s national championship meat judging teams. So I proceeded to read the announcement from Texas Tech University about their 2017 national championship. I quit reading when I came to this paragraph:

“The Meat Judging Team was able to achieve perfection because they humbled themselves and trusted God and not themselves,” said Mark Miller, coach of the Meat Judging Team and the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Distinguished Chair in Meat Sciences. “They had great faith in him to deliver the victories. All of the glory goes to their faith and trust in God for this impossible perfect national championship season.”

That doesn’t say too much about Coach Mark Miller’s skills or abilities.

And just think of all those students from so many other universities who now might believe any one of the following:

  1. God doesn’t listen to them.
  2. God doesn’t answer prayers.
  3. God answers prayers but this time said, “Fuck you.”
  4. God doesn’t exist.
  5. I can’t believe someone else prayed more than me.
  6. I can’t believe I’m not God’s favorite.

Imagine if God were to put an end to human and animal suffering; to put an end to hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, heat waves, blizzards, auto accidents, gun deaths…. Little things like that. Instead, he’s sitting back watching sports and rooting on his favorite players….. S.M.D.H.

Religion. The bane of humanity.

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20 thoughts on “Opinion—God’s involved in more than just sports

  1. Pit

    Good morning, Russel.
    May I add/enlarge: “Religion: the Bane of the US”?
    I have always been bewildered, and still am, about how much religion is ingrained in US politics, even if there’s the separation of church and state written into the Consitution. I am that amazed, because it is so absolutely different in my native Germany, even with the much closer relation between church and state, as there even is a “church tax”: the state collects money for the churches. But the (absolutely misguided) religious fervour seems to be unique to the US. And, to my mind, this does not bode well.
    Take care, my friend, thanks for that enlightening article, and stay well,

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      1. Pit

        I agree to that, though that wasn’t my point. I was referring to the fact that in Germany the churches are not dependent on (voluntary) donations by their members, but that the state takes a certain percentage [if I remember correctly, 7% of the income tax] from everyone who is a membr of a church, and gives that money directly to the respective church.

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  2. Darlene Jones

    As I’ve listened to players thanking God for their win, I always thought that if God really helped them win, then he directly helped the opposing team lose. (Note: I’m an atheist so this is all tongue in cheek) but still….

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Which reminds me of the Facebook meme suggesting that Jesus might have been gay. After all, he was never married, we don’t even hear anything about a girlfriend, and he surrounds himself with men. Perhaps he wasn’t saying “Amen” as much as he was saying, “Ah, men”……LOL


  3. sorryless

    Amen! (Pun intended). I’m with you, I mean . . if the vast majority of the world’s population doesn’t really give a fig (leaf) as to what happens in . . let’s say the Super Bowl, then I’m fairly certain God ain’t sweating it.

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  4. Kathleen Kerswig, LUT

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has noticed this. I’ve even mentioned it to my friends at church. I do not believe that the God of my understanding is picking and choosing the winners and losers of games, contests etc. That’s not my understanding these days. Thank you for sharing! ~ KK

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