Does God favor one competitor over another?
Does God favor one competitor over another? Why do some thank him for their victory?
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Many professional athletes, from boxers to golfers, thank God during interviews after their wins.
When Zach Johnson, a deeply religious professional golfer, gave an emotional speech following the 2015 British Open, he said he felt patience and had “some scripture going in his head.” He thanked the Lord, plus family and friends.
But this is not a new practice as many believe it to be. In 1953, just after the incredible Ben Hogan won the US Open, he was interviewed in USGA Journal and Turf Management magazine. He credited his wife Valerie and added, “But there’s something else I’m thankful for… you just can’t do this sort of thing without God’s help.”
I’ve always respected people’s rights to their individual faiths, but I’ve been uncomfortable when winners give full credit to God. Does that mean that God made the opponent lose? My wife disagrees with me and says that God merely provides an inner peace that allows them to sometimes perform at an optimum level when believers seek God’s help. She says God doesn’t take sides in a contest.
Do you think referencing your faith is good, or do you agree with UFC President Dana White, who says, “Love Jesus all you want, you just don’t have to do it publicly?” I would love to hear more comments on this. Please post below. Thanks.
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