Last year a respected research institute found that 50% of sports fans believe supernatural forces are at work in sporting events. That includes 19% who believes that God determines the outcome, 26% who pray for their team to win, and 25% who believe their team has been cursed. More recently it’s been reported that 25% of Americans believe that God will determine who wins the Super Bowl. (See this.)
Now the obvious response is to be indignant and say that’s ridiculous. God doesn’t care about such trivialities as who wins a football game. But wait a minute. If God cares about the fall of a sparrow, why wouldn’t he care about the fall of a wide receiver? If God’s providence extends to all of reality, why wouldn’t that include football games?
So what do you think about this? Apply actual theology in answering this question one way or the other.