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Does God Care Who Wins the Super Bowl?

Atheist billboard: "Hail Mary' Only Works in Football. Enjoy the Game!"

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Paula Bolyard

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February 2, 2014 - 7:35 am
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A group called American Atheists is sponsoring a digital billboard near MetLife Stadium targeted at Super Bowl attendees. Six times each hour through Super Bowl Sunday the billboard will proclaim, “A ‘Hail Mary’ Only Works in Football. Enjoy the Game!”

“Prayer is superstition, plain and simple,” says American Atheists President David Silverman.

It trivializes the dedication of the players and takes away from their achievements. A third of football fans pray in hopes of helping their team. These are adults we’re talking about—people with children, people with careers, people who vote. It’s 2014; it’s time to stop believing that prayer works. Give credit where credit is due and celebrate what this is really about—coming together to cheer on hard-working athletes doing what they do best.

On Fox News’ The Five on Friday, Greg Gutfeld seemed to agree.  ”If prayer actually works in a game no one would ever lose,” Gutfeld said. He added, “I don’t believe God designed the world on who’s the best pray-er.”

On the surface, Gutfeld and the atheists have a point. Several years ago when my son was playing football for a Christian school, the teams would huddle together before the games for a short prayer. As the team’s captain, Ryan was often called upon to lead the prayer, along with the captain of the opposing team. He admitted at one point that it didn’t seem right for both teams to pray to win and he thought it was especially awkward to pray for a win in the presence of the other team. They were, after all, asking God to bestow his favor upon one Christian team and not the other. How would God ever choose? Would he pick the team with the “best” Christians? The most fervent pray-ers? Or does God not bother with such trivial things as the outcomes of football games?

In the end, my son decided that he would pray for all the players to do their best and that God would protect them. He also prayed that he and the other boys would demonstrate Christ-like attitudes on the field and that they would honor God in the way they played the game.  He would leave the outcome up to God and then play to win.

So does God care who wins the Super Bowl or the curling competition at the Winter Olympics or your family’s Monopoly game? Two of God’s attributes, his omniscience and his sovereignty, as described in the Bible, help to explain God’s view of matters that may seem trivial upon first glance.

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God doesn't follow football, he's waiting for the start of the MLB season.
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I think God did care about this game. He bided his time until the moment was just right, then he SMOTE the team that got rid of his favorite player, Tim Tebow.
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God used to follow college ball, but stopped when Bear Bryant died.
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Jesus said to love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so it really isn't Christian to pray to win.

Play to win, however, is something you should do. If you don't respect yourself, your enemy won't respect the God about whom you are witnessing.
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Joshua 5:13 When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?” “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the LORD’s army.”

I think this is akin to how God would answer. Whose side is He on? Neither, He's God. It's our job to be on his side.
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God only cares about curling, as any sensible deity or human would!
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Looks like God decided that the Broncos wouldn't even get off the bus.
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Nope, the Saints aren't playing.
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Are you kidding, God is covering the spread. When He's not consigning leftists to the hot coals of eternal perdition. And with their subscriptions to the NY Times and The Nation cancelled, for all time.
He is, can be, a wrathful God.
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Every good liberal knows God hates football because everyone who plays it dies of a concussion.
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