Don Sherfick

On God and football outcomes

Filed By Don Sherfick | February 07, 2007 9:10 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment, Living
Tags: Andrew Sullivan, Christian beliefs, football game, God, Indianapolis Colts, NFL, Spirituality, Tony Dungy

All of the discussion concerning Tony Dungy's referencing God as an important, if not decisive force in the Colts' Superbowl success leads me to offer this insightful Andrew Sullivan post yesterday. It doesn't deal directly with divine sports intervention, but is part of a continuing dialogue Andrew has been having as to religious atheism, agnosticism, faith, fundamentalism, and what he calls in his newest book the "theology of doubt". I think the view of God's role in the affairs of mankind resonates with many of us. Especially this quote:

"I hate this notion of God as "the Decider" because it lets so many people off the hook, setting them on a smug Slip-n-Slide into corruption. Why should we preserve our beautiful planet when Dad's going to come down and Hoover us up to Heaven some day soon? Why should we be good to one another when all we have to do is follow God's "laws" as we conveniently choose to interpret them?"

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I have long thought that the majority of people use God to allow them to do whatever they want, and then repent on Sunday or at the "pearly gates" - and also people who don't want to work hard and then fail often use God - it's God's will...