Thank God That Line Drive Hit My Son

The other day, we heard the watermelon story: A stray bullet in a gunfight flew into a car, going through one girl’s stomach, then going through a Bible, and finally coming to a stop inside a watermelon the first girl’s sister was holding.

Their grandmother said, “The word of God and the Lord’s power saved” her second daughter.

(So, the first daughter must have deserved it…?)

Here’s one more story like that.

Nine-year-old Chicago White Sox fan Griffin Cox was hit in the head by a baseball during batting practice in June.

… The fourth-grader at Forest Glen Elementary School in Glen Ellyn was diagnosed with two skull fractures, internal bleeding and fluid buildup.

Here’s something a little more graphic:

There were signs of fluid leaking through a tear in the membrane around Griffin’s brain and into the fracture. If the fluid was spinal fluid from inside the brain, then the tear would have to be repaired because spinal fluid would interfere with the healing of the fracture, said his doctor, Andrew Chenelle.

He said the repair procedure is safe and would have involved removing a small piece of Griffin’s skull, sewing the torn membrane, and replacing the piece of skull. Tests, however, show the fluid accumulation is not spinal fluid, so surgery is not necessary, Lawrance Cox said.

Good news: Griffin will be ok, but he’ll just need to stay away from further head-damaging types of activities.

Take a wild guess what the parents have to say:

… We thank God for listening to each of your prayers and keeping our Griffin safe.

Perhaps a different (kinder?) God would have let the baseball hit the pavement a few inches away instead…?

Again, I’m glad the boy’s ok. I’m not mocking the family. It’s actually really wonderful to hear how the community pulled together to show support for the young boy’s health. Knowing that support is out there can help a person feel better.

But let’s be honest about the praying. The prayers did nothing to directly help this kid.

The neurosurgeon, on the other hand, might deserve a nice hand.

(Thanks to Matt for the link!)

  • Ron in Houston

    I know you don’t want to make too much fun of the parents in a tragic situaion like this. It truly does boggle the mind though. I mean if God didn’t make the ball hit him then I guess Satan must be in the White Sox lineup.

  • http://groundedinreality.blogspot.com Bruce

    The neurosurgeon, on the other hand, might deserve a nice hand.

    I don’t know any surgeons, but if I did, the first question I would ask them is “Doesn’t it piss you off that most of your patients keep giving God credit for your work?”

  • Adrian

    I was watching some horrible dreck of a movie last night thinking the same thing: God never gets blame for anything, not even natural disasters and humans rarely get credit, especially not surgeons or doctors.

    Blindness or hypocrisy, I can’t tell, but it doesn’t speak well to the reasoning powers of theists.

    (To be fair, newspapers gravitate to these idiotic soundbites like a fly looking for crap. In general, I hope that theists are better adjusted. I’ve no evidence for that, but I’d like to think it was true :) )

  • Polly

    Strange, my comment didn’t post.

    Someone should compile a list of all these stories. Maybe the unpatterned randomness of the incidents will dawn on some believers and they’ll recognize the foolishness of attributing the mere survival of injured people to the love of god.

    My wife freely acknowledges that god isn’t looking out for anyone. Everything gets reconciled in the afterlife.

    My F-I-L once noted to me that a despicable man had 3 sons – each of whom died a little young. The man himself lived to see it as he was (or is) quite old. The implication was that it was some kind of divine retribution. But, killing children for their parents’ sins and letting the father live a long life? Seems like god could have done better. Even our courts in LA have a better track record on justice than that!

  • Justin

    Is there such a thing as a glass-one-trillionth-full attitude? This post and the watermelon article seem to indicate yes. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t imagine how somebody can be this optimistic.

  • Loren Petrich

    Certain theologians and apologists never tire of whining about how wrong it supposedly is to blame God for anything — that our miseries are all our fault or something like that.

    But an omnimax entity is necessarily omni-responsible, whether by commission or by omission. That is, responsible for allowing things to happen as well as for causing things to happen. So that counterargument does not work.

  • http://laffingboi.blogspot.com Laughing Boy

    If God is sovereign over His creation and, as Jesus says in one or more of the Gospels, not even a two-for-a-penny sparrow falls to the ground outside of God’s will, then it follows that God is equally responsible for the girl avoiding injury and the boy incurring it.

  • Chris

    Here’s another God saved me story:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25363093/

    As you can see, the kid says “I definitely felt that God was with me that day to keep me on that rope.”

    Then why did God let the gator grab you in the first place? Maybe he was busy watching a ballgame…

  • http://jasonrelliott.net Jason

    I was just talking about this sort of thing the other day as I was watching a program about tourette syndrome. The mother and daughter were praying that god would give her the courage and words to get through the first day of school. All I could think was if your loving god was real there wouldnt be any tourette syndrome.

  • Audrey

    I have a similar story within my own family lately. My cousin had a skydiving accident and was in a coma for several days. The family thanked god that she didn’t die. When she came out of it, they thanked god that she woke up, even though her memory was really messed up. Every little step was a reason to give thanks to god. Nevermind that if god was so great, why didn’t he steer her away from that tree?

    I’ve fairly recently come out as an atheist in my family, and her accident has been used as an attempt to re-evangelize me. “See what god can do?”It’s hard to know how to react to that.

    What i want to do is ask them about amputees. You’ve probably already seen this site, but it’s a good one. http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

  • ubi dubius

    Certain theologians and apologists never tire of whining about how wrong it supposedly is to blame God for anything — that our miseries are all our fault or something like that.

    I agree with those theologians. The problem is that you if you don’t blame god for the bad, you shouldn’t credit him for the good. It seems that god is the silver lining, never the dark cloud.


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