I was listening to a Christian radio program last week in which the discussion centered around a comment that Aaron Rogers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, had made during a sports talk show on which Rogers was a guest. A fan had asked Rogers if Green Bay’s loss to Seattle had shaken his faith since many athletes say that God helped them win the game. Rogers’ reply was “I don’t think God cares about the outcome, just the people involved”. The Christian talk show host disagreed with Rogers. He makes several claims about God such as, “God is sovereign, omnipotent, and omniscient.” He went on to say that God works everything out for His glory and purpose, even which team wins in a football game. He then invited callers to call in and give their opinion.

Is God directing your every move?

It’s unfortunate that so many Christians believe that God is up there personally deciding the outcome of every event in life, no matter how big or small. Words like “sovereign” and “omniscient” are often used to describe God, but would it surprise you to know that that is not what the Bible teaches us about God? The word “sovereign” is never used in the King James Bible. It is used over 300 times in the NIV version, but is generally a translation of the word “Yahweh” which is the personal name for God in the Hebrew text. Instead of saying “Lord God,” it is translated “Sovereign Lord.”

Something God cheers for

The next time you have the urge to think that God is in control of every aspect of your life, stop and remember that that really isn’t what the Bible says. He gives you the freedom to make your own choices, which also means you are the one responsible for the consequences of those choices. The next time you are tempted to pray for your team to win, maybe you should pray for everyone to play their best, that no one is injured, and that the game be played ethically. I think that is something God can cheer for.

This post was adapted from an Article written by Dave Lindsey, a member of STF-USA.