[The following ia a blog post by Tom Houck. Tom wrote a book about football, Between the Tackles, which used the sport to illustrate certain Christian principles. It is a great book and we used it for one of our Panera Men’s Group studies. We had the honor of meeting Tom in person as he stopped by to speak to us as we kicked off the study. As an aside, Tom was a New Awleans Saints fan long before they won the Super Bowl. RMF]
December 1, 2010 (no. 333)
After dropping an easy game-winning TD pass against the Steelers, Buffalo Bills’ receiver Steve Johnson seemed to blame God. The receiver couldn’t believe God did this, especially since he praises God “24/7” according to his tweet.
Does God intervene in football games?
I recently heard a radio announcer praise God for suddenly updating the route on his GPS to avoid heavy traffic. The divine intervention allowed him to arrive on time for an appointment.
Does God circumvent GPS systems?
Throughout the world, children live in poverty. Women are abused. People suffer from terrible diseases.
Is God more concerned about football and appointment times?
I believe God is omnipotent and directs the broad path of history. He cares deeply about our spiritual states and actively works to affect our faith. I also believe the Lord sometimes acts to influence non-spiritual matters that are important to us. But, the key word is sometimes. Not always. I don’t think God is as concerned about the worldly things we humans (especially in the West) think are so important.
I can defend my views with many Biblical passages. And that’s the real point, here. Whatever your beliefs about God, do they result from careful Bible study…or just whatever you think?
Note: Tom’s website is: http://www.faith360.org.