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Panthers or Broncos? God does not care

"Does God care who wins the Superbowl?" Graphic courtesy of LifeWay Research


(RNS) Super Bowl? What Super Bowl?

Most people say God — almighty, all-knowing, compassionate, righteous, faithful, forgiving and with about 100 other biblical attributes — has no interest in smiting any Broncos or Panthers in the big NFL matchup on Sunday (Feb. 7).

That’s what 85 percent of Americans say in a new LifeWay Research survey.

They may believe “his eye is on the sparrow” but they don’t think his eye is on the gridiron, the Nashville-based evangelical research agency finds.

However, some (11 percent) say the Lord will determine whether a team from Denver or Carolina triumphs. And a few (8 percent) say God does indeed care which team wins, although the overwhelming majority (88 percent) may think he has bigger fish to fry.

"Does God care who wins the Superbowl?" Graphic courtesy of LifeWay Research

“Does God care who wins the Super Bowl?” Graphic courtesy of LifeWay Research

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“The Bible says God sets up and takes down nations and rulers,” said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, in a press release. “Either Americans do not agree, or they think God focuses on political leaders rather than cultural sports icons.”

The phone survey of 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted early in the NFL season, Sept. 14-28, 2015. The overall margin of error is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

(Cathy Lynn Grossman is senior national correspondent for RNS)

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  • I would like to see a comparison of the time and money spent by Christians in religious activities, verses time spent at such trivial persuits as football. The only subject of speculation would be by how many points their had God lost. This sort of nonsense is encouraged by promoting of prayer at games. Obviously, many Christians do not see the connection. In my grandparents generation, Sunday was a day to be spent quietly, or at least with your family, and not to be just another day engaged in commerce.

  • Does God care? God cares about anything that effects our passions and interests. This whole life experience, before we pass on to eternity is a sort of test. What do we prioritize in this life? What is important to us? God tells us over and over again in His Word that this all is passing away and what matters are eternal things. That which we do for God and do for others out of faith and love for God, these things matter. These will carry rewards that pass into the next life. Fame, and records and efforts made for things in this life are temporal, and will surely pass away, and there will be NO more remembrance of them in the next life. We need to start our journey in this life by coming to God through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. We need to turn away from sin and abide in Him by His Spirit. Then we should do those things that He has for each of us to do for Him and for His kingdom by faith. God Bless

  • Fran, cease and desist with the spam already. Caught you at your deceptions again. Your deadly death cult/ponzi scheme has predicted the end of times and the “near future” kingdom of your awful god repeatedly before and has been wrong every time.

    We’ve been over this before, the last 20+ times you were caught dumping the same spam content here. There is not a single valid prophecy in your bible with specific recent dates and other event details in it, that was later shown to have happened with those details on the specified date. Anyone can predict that “bad stuff is gonna happen” and eventually enough malaise happens in the world that they will eventually be right. That’s not prophecy. It’s pure con artistry, at best and to be polite.

    Please stop your bible spam now. We’ve been over all this about your deadly ponzi scheme before and it is unfortunate that we have to keep catching you at it.

  • Mark, while you’re touting the blessings from your god, give him a shout out and a load of thanks too for the Zika virus, plus all the different cancers and other maladies he created that innocent kids have to suffer painfully and miserably from.

    We also have man-made names for beings like your man-made “god”, and those names are justifiably profane.

    Give that a thunk for a change, laddie.

  • Ed, you are lost and confused; those diseases were not created by God. It seems that you do not believe in God so how in your mind could they have been created by Him. Perhaps, there are other explanations for the diseases and other maladies that plague humanity. Perhaps we are the problem. Perhaps we have so damaged and polluted ourselves, nature, and the environment that evil of all types are now running rampant. We have made many bad choices as it relates to the environment among other things; bad choices, bad outcomes. You my friend need a lesson in Theodicy, the problem of reconciling evil with nature of God.

  • I believe God is incapable of not caring about anything that happens. That caring may be for reasons that we cannot understand or comprehend. What if the winner of this game needs to hire another ticket sales person in the offseason because of the demand and what if that person is someone who desperately needs a job? Does God not care about that? What if someone is struggling with an addiction and maybe sees a player who may have struggled with addiction in the past make a play that makes a difference in the game and it helps that person make it through that day without participating in that addiction? Does God not care about that? I am not disagreeing with those upset by all of the excess that takes place in and around the Super Bowl and that is represented by the Super Bowl. Surely, God cares about that, too. I am just saying be careful when you say God does not care about something. That’s tricky territory.

  • Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all (football?) to the glory of GOD. GOD’s priority is HIS glory. Joshua 5:13-14 When Joshua was by Jericho…and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord….” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” So a better question is are the Panthers or Broncos on GOD ‘s side. Football like it or not is the world system that CHRISTians add light & salt to. The NFL does not ask in meetings how can we glorify GOD. But the individual players or those in positions given much, we’ll much is expected from them. We need to be real. They might sing GOD bless America or the Star Spangled Banner but that’s not a hymn. Yes they may pray but GOD sees the heart. Do they do all to the glory of GOD?…