Denver Broncos quarterback and outspoken devout Christian Tim Tebow has polarised fans with his constant giving credit to God in sports. Does God take sides? If this was the case, would teams with the most Christians win? Or is it more holistic and for the greater good, that is why South Africa won the Rugby World Cup 1995 post-apartheid as the Rainbow Nation and New Zealand won in 2011 following the Christchurch earthquakes?
It has been great the way Tim Tebow got 92 million people searching for John 3:16 following the writing on his black eye paint. I do admire the way he is using his very public profile to share his faith, but not everyone seems to appreciate his laying it on for the media.
How has a very physically limited Tim Tebow done so well? Is it a God thing or is it just the chemistry between himself and his team mates and the combination of players the Denver Broncos have?
Why do bad things happen to good people then?
All Blacks legend Michael Jones had some chronic knee injuries during his career.
Does God protect Christians from injuries even if we pray that during games or is it his will? If a Christian top level athlete gets injured, but converts 50 people in the hospital then it can't be a bad thing is it? Then why do so many Christian teams pray for safety and no injuries before they play?
I think the video above sums it up. Having God in your corner gives you the confidence to be able to go out there and play the game knowing that you have been given the talents and opportunities by God and so you should go out there and make the most of them. I take that to my career too. It isn't just for professionals.
I don't believe in praying for victories as I believe that God's will will be done, but I believe in playing to the best of my ability and using the skills and opportunities that God has blessed me with. But there is always that fine line between playing hard and cheating. Some Christians let the opposition walk all over them and this to me reflects badly on Christians as cowardly and pushovers. You get respect if you play hard but don't cross the line to the world of cheating and underhand tactics. There is a fine line though between being a poor loser and trying to use psychology to overcome an opponent by saying or doing something sneaky.
Does God take sides in sport? How should Christians behave in their sport?