Robertson: Don’t Play Soccer on Sunday and You’ll Get Rich

Robertson: Don’t Play Soccer on Sunday and You’ll Get Rich April 7, 2015

At this point, Pat Robertson is like that one uncle or cousin that many families have that comes to Thanksgiving dinner and goes on rambling, incoherent political diatribes that make everyone else roll their eyes. Time time he waited for Easter dinner instead:

A 700 Club viewer named Terri explained in an email to Robertson that her nephew had been hoping to get a soccer scholarship, but his mother was torn because some of the matches meant that the boy would miss church.

“She is torn and having a hard time finding any peace in all this,” Terri wrote. “Your thoughts?”

“There’s a restaurant, it’s called Chick-fil-A,” Robertson pointed out. “Mr. Cathy decided years and years ago that he was going to resist pressure and close on Sunday, that he wasn’t going to do business on the Lord’s day, and he wasn’t going to make his employees work on the Lord’s day.”

According to Robertson, Cathy had become a “multi-billionaire” and his restaurants were popular because he had been “faithful to the Lord.”

“I’m sorry… which is more important? Jesus or soccer?” the televangelist asked. “And God can make a way for your son without having to compromise his faith.”

And I bet there’s never been a business that closed on Sundays that didn’t turn the owner into a billionaire, right Pat? And what of the overwhelming majority of businesses that are open on Sundays whose owners are also billionaires? I guess they don’t count, eh?

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  • grumpyoldfart

    The kid should come to Adelaide (South Australia) where we play football every Sunday and on Good Friday as well.

  • John Pieret

    which is more important? Jesus or soccer?

    Or c) that scholarship that might get him educated enough to not listen to such bogus advice?

  • corporal klinger

    Pat Robertson, the bottomless bowl of involuntary comedy.

  • @John Pieret

    I’m sorry, but your ‘c’ isn’t a viable alternative. Unless the kid is 17 and highly ranked, the chances of getting a scholarship are about the same as becoming a millionaire through prayer. This is one of the tragedies that those of us who work with youth sports see on a daily basis. Parents (mostly) and kids (occasionally) who think that sport is some great route to success. They’re convinced that their kid is the next Mia Hamm or Landon Donovan. Only 9% of HS men and 10% of HS women end up playing college soccer. There are only about 400 men’s Div I soccer scholarships available each year (203 teams with a cap of 9.9 scholarships per team/4.)

    Here are some statistics.

    I think that Pat is very wrong, but not because soccer has the potential to pay off in any monetary way. Personally, I think that there are a lot more intangible benefits there than can ever be found sitting in a pew with a bunch of hypocrites whining to God.

  • John Pieret


    I didn’t know how tough it is to get a scholarship in soccer (though I don’t suppose its all that much easier in other sports). Still, if the kid manages to one of the 400 and uses it to get an education, that would be more important than Jesus and at least as important as the soccer that got him there.

  • kantalope

    I have never played soccer on Sunday…where’s my check?

  • karmacat

    I would say to play soccer because it is whole lot more fun than church and better for your health.

  • David Beckham, to give just one example, played quite a lot of soccer on Sundays over the years. It doesn’t seem to have done his bank balance any harm.

  • Soccer? Go back to Europe, Socialist! If God meant for Americans to play soccer, He’d have churches like Our Lady of the Blessed Bicycle Kick!

  • any reason to not participate in soccer is a good reason. of course, any reason to not go to church is a good reason too.

  • thinkingman

    But its ok for preachers to work on Sundays and become filthy stinking rich..

  • peterh

    Is there a single logical fallacy Robertson hasn’t buggered?

  • tcmc

    A Chic-Fil-A near here needed painting. Rather than close for one more day per week, the owner forced the employees of the painting contractor to work 12 hour days for several Sunday’s. There are limits.

  • scienceavenger

    Actualy, soccer matches and conversations about Jesus have a lot in common: they take forever, never really accomplish much, nd leave everyone exhausted, while their righteous fans get violent for no good reason, and keep insisting that critics somehow are unable to understand this fairly simple thing.

  • Rik van

    And getting rich is what religion is all about, isn’t it.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    So why does Robertson (and nearly all Protestants) ignore the Sabbath, and call Sunday “The Lord’s Day”? I was raised SBC, but that was one of the questions that seemed to disturb the grownups, so I stopped asking. The Sabbath of course is Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.


    Is it Constantine’s fault?