*cough* I should probably just warn you up front that if you believe God interferes in the minutiae of every day life, I am likely to offend you. Please, consider yourself offended and don't read any further.
And then the coach gets on (I was watching ESPN online) and starts talking about GOD DID THIS.
And here my rant will begin.
DOES THIS A$$HAT THINK GOD LIKES AUBURN ALABAMA BETTER THAN FREAKING OREGON? Clearly he has never BEEN to Oregon! I mean no disrespect for my BELOVED friends in the south (and especially not adored Alabaman Leigh, though I know Leigh was rooting for Oregon), but THIS IS OREGON! The best state there IS!
DOES THIS JERK THINK GOD WATCHES AMERICAN FOOTBALL? GOD, if he has any taste at ALL is watching Australian Rules Football and rooting (and I mean rooting in the Australian sense of the word) for the Adelaide Crows! (But seriously... do we WANT a God distracted by sports?) I mean maybe if Auburn were playing Hell's Devils or something... But these are the Oregon DUCKS!
And then a player comes on saying the SAME FREAKING THING!
So I will declare it now, I am NOT reelecting God if he is interfering in College Sports. He DOES NOT have my vote next election.
I'm not formally religious (as you may have guessed) but I am generally respectfully at peace with other people believing what they do, but this week:
-A congresswoman was SHOT and—what 9? people KILLED because a mentally ill nut was channeling Sarah Palin (whether he was aware of it or not)
-A friend lost an extended family member to SIDS
-Australia is flooding and our friend Al has two daughters STRANDED there (though thankfully safe)
-There are clashes killing people in Sudan.
Do we honestly think God is worried about a freaking college football game?
Take a look at who LOSES. Do you REALLY think God would pick sides that way? Good versus evil, fine—attribute away... sports? Not so much. (I would even venture to claim he stays out of war, but I won't mock you for disagreeing here--I just happen to agree with the quote that God is on the side of the heaviest artillery)
Look at the scale. Is this thing you are attributing about WORTHY? You think God would BOTHER?
And... in the case of grief... do you think the invocation HELPS? I will admit that when a person is old, saying he or she was called to God probably comforts more than it offends, but a CHILD? I'd say you have a better than even chance that saying it was God's will is going to HURT a lot more than it HELPS.
In your BOOKS?
I don't mind at ALL books about faith... losing and refinding... faith sustaining... but it better not have a bunch of horrid stuff then suddenly some miracle change of heart makes it all better again (unless it is an addiction story, but I don't really read those because the ending STILL bugs me, even if I can believe it in that case and only that case)
A book is SO MUCH better if the pieces are all there to pull together at the end... if the answer was there all the time, if only our hero could see it or use it or access it... If that FINDING requires God, you have my blessing... if God actually solves the problem? not so much.
Okay... so my apologies for the offense... this just really bugged the heck out of me, as you probably can tell...
Text content all generated by ME, Hart Johnson, not meant to offend, though I'm sure I will.
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