Does God Care About Football?

Does God Care About Football? January 13, 2012

There’s been a lot of discussion recently over whether God divinely intervenes in Tim Tebow’s football games to help him win. Does God even care about football?
I was inspired to re-watch and post the coach’s “new team philosophy” speech from Facing the Giants. In my opinion, it really hits the nail on the head. It answers the question so well I can’t add anything to it. (Actual speech starts around 2:55.)
Coach: I think football is just one of the tools we use to honor God.

Player: So you think God does care about football?
Coach: I think he cares about your faith. He cares about where your heart is. And if you can live your faith out on the football field, then yes, God cares about football, because He cares about you. He sent His Son Jesus to die for us so we could live for Him. That’s why we’re here.

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  • True story! Of course God cares! Not that He is going to make Denver win just because of Mr. Tebow, but He cares that Mr. Tebow uses the talents God has given him.

  • donsands

    I was hoping God would favor The Ravens. Just kidding. Our Lord cares about all our cares, doesn’t He?
    Thank You Lord for caring about us. Why You do is a mystery to us, when we see the truth of who we are in this cursed world, and we see who You are.
    Nevertheless, You tell us You care about ALL our cares: football, sports, work, play, sleep, all that we do in this life.
    Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your “Cares” on him, because he “Cares” for you.
    (1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV)
    Have a great weekend my good sister in Christ. And especially Lord’s Day!

  • I watched “Facing the Giants” recently. Good movie, as well as the other Sherwood Pictures videos as well. I’m glad that Tebow is spreading the gospel through football. I found the whole “316” thing funny. God has a sense of humor. 🙂
    However, I would like to point out that Tim is breaking one of the Ten Commandments, “Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep It Holy.” So, I wish the games were on a different day, but I think God still is using Tim.

  • I knew I shouldn’t have re-visited Raiders of the Lost Ark on a Sunday…
    Seriously, I don’t sling around the term “Pharisaical” lightly, but, errrrrrr… 😛

  • You don’t agree that he’s desecrating the Sabbath? 🙂

  • I think that historically it doesn’t make sense to interpret that commandment as applying to Sunday post-Christ. It’s an odd hybrid of ideas—on the one hand, it’s not the ordinary Jewish Sabbath, but on the other hand, it’s not what early Jewish Christians probably did, which was keeping the old Sabbath while also treating Sunday as a Holy day. Paul definitely told Gentile Christians that they didn’t have to keep the Jewish sabbath, but he did say they should worship on the first day of the week (Sunday). However, it isn’t clear that he would have objected to watching _Raiders of the Lost Ark_ after the service. 🙂

  • luke

    So do you treat Saturday as your Sabbath then? :). Also, I’m not getting your Indiana Jones reference. What do you mean?

  • No, I worship on Sunday, but my point is that I treat Sunday like any other day of the week as far as casual, normal activities like playing sports or watching movies are concerned. 🙂

  • Oh, OK. Well I don’t think it’s right to buy/sell on Sunday (including going out to eat, buying gas, ect.). I don’t think it’s a good idea to watch movies, ect. on Sunday (at least not until like the evening) but I wouldn’t condemn someone for it. 🙂
    Anyway, that’s my opinion, and a lot of people still believe that way. As for Tim Tebow and football, I don’t think it’s right, but like I said, I’m glad God is using him.