Along with a lot of other people I watched the BCS National Championship Game last night. Neither team was “my team,” but as a college football fan it was must see TV. The game wasn’t the best. It was sloppy and although the score was close it felt for the entire second half that one team was going to win. At the end of the game I usually turn quickly from the interviews, because frankly, they bore me. However, I watched this time. And then I was frustrated.
You see players and coaches alike attributed the win to God. Not in a way in which they were thanking God for life and talents, but rather in the sense (at least it appeared to me) of believing that God was in control of the outcome of the game, or that the Almighty had a cheering interest for one team. I have always been frustrated with this idea. Sports are fun to watch and play. They also can teach important life lessons (I know they did for me). However, we need to put both the watching and playing of sports into a proper perspective. I think God cares how we compete, but to say that He is rooting for one team over another to me hinges on idolatry. It goes to show the overemphasis that our culture puts on Sports and Athletes when we view them as events that show us the mind of God.
I know this comes off as somewhat of a rant, but I hope that it is taken as a reality check. Let’s enjoy athletics for what they are, but let’s not make them more than what they are. God’s primary desire is still the reconciliation of the world to Himself. If sports can aide in that then so be it, but I’m not convinced heaven was screaming War Eagle last night.
What is your take?