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By Randy Conway:
Coach Gene Chizik’s first public comment after winning the national championship of college football was “God was on our side tonight.” This kind of emotion just seconds after his team kicked a last second field goal to break a tie game is certainly understandable, but shouldn’t it at least be discouraged? Am I the only one who finds the notion of God taking sides in a football game (even one for the national championship and a half million dollar bonus for the coach) at least borderline blasphemous? Does one suppose the Oregon coach was on the other side of the field feeling that if he and his players had been more worthy of God’s favor they would have been champions? I doubt it. More likely he was thinking that when it mattered most, his team was not able to stop the Auburn offense on that last drive.
Many of us can identify with the feelings that follow on the heels of a close call that ended well, like a narrowly avoided car crash, or a miraculous recovery from a dreaded disease. First there is blessed relief then, perhaps, a thought like “Why me?. Am I worthy of this grace? Is there a purpose to this event? Is God trying to tell me something?” And so the thought forms that maybe this outcome is God’s work. All this is human, understandable and perhaps should be expected, but should it be voiced on national television after an athletic contest?
A few months ago I got an email from an old friend I had hardly seen for 40 years. We knew each other slightly in college, became friends in the Army and have seen each other maybe five times since 1966. Attached to his email was a forward explaining that our Muslim President was carrying out a carefully designed strategy to destroy the American economy to help enable Muslim jihadists to eventually take over our country and destroy our culture. This from a man with degrees from two esteemed southern universities.
I sent back a terse reply that said “Please tell me you don’t really believe this.”