The Independent Variable - Matt Haugland

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

God: Bowl game MVP

As most of you know, I am addicted to college football and have been watching a lot of bowl games lately. I've noticed at the end the games, when they interview a player who made a lot of key plays, they often say something like "I give all the glory to God."

I guess it's a good sentiment, but it always gives me a weird feeling. I have a hard time understanding it. I don't want to get into the discussion about God favoring one team over another (though it's funny that losing teams never thank God for it). I'm just wondering, what glory does God get from one player having a good game instead of another?

As I was flying back home from CA, I was amazed at how big the earth is. To think that there are trillions of stars, many of which are billions of times larger than this earth... wow, I can't even fathom it. So how am I supposed to be amazed that God can make someone rush for 200 yards in a college football game? (especially a non-BCS game!)

Are they patronizing God when they do this, or is it just a humble way of giving thanks?

[note: after seeing a few Tim Tebow plays yesterday, I understand a little better. But still...]


At 11:52 AM, Blogger me3020 said...

I'm not sure if this is what is on his mind, but one idea is that a player of a bowl game who rushes 200 yards is going to get some glory given to him. It is possible to make an attempt at being humble by saying that any glory received from this should be given to God since any skill/strength was made possible by God. It doesn't have to mean that his 200yrd glory is more glorifying or important than the stars in the sky. ;-)

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Marcian said...

I would agree with the above statement. And I would take it a bit further to say that in light of the stars (many of which I'm sure no human will ever see) declaring the glory of God, isn't it amazing that He still DOES give us such seemingly small gifts in comparison (such as the ability to rush 200 yards, whatever that means).

Now, considering the previous statement, I'm not sure that the football player isn't just giving God lip service when he says that. The command, after all, is to love God with all our heart, mind, and strength. And to love our neighbor as ourself. DOING that, not just saying it... THAT is truly God-glorifying.


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