First of all it’s great that we are having a national discussion about God. Period. And this seems to include some very important questions. What is the importance of prayer in our daily lives? And what is the relationship between prayer and “winning”? And a few answers seem to be emerging from the most unlikely place! The media! Ordinarily, one would have to tune in to a Sunday morning church service to hear anything about this subject. But now we are hearing about it from late night comics, sports figures and radio talk show hosts. The game this weekend between the Broncos and my Patriots promises to be the most highly watched playoff game in history.
My favorite comment about the upcoming game comes from Jimmy Fallon as he uses an impression of David Bowie to bring these questions to the late night crowd. Does Jesus care about the upcoming game? I bet he does. I’m sure he cares about all the people involved and this includes the children who will benefit from various fund raising efforts. But does he care if the Broncos win? Well, if they win the national discussion about God will gather more intensity and go on. There will be more skits, discussions and opinions rendered. More rain will fall on the spiritually dry media landscape. More prayers will be said, perhaps. So maybe he does.
Our “One nation under God” will actually remember its historic identity for a few moments. And, hopefully, all of this will happen without the intrusion of religion. God is not the property of any one religion. What is most delightful about this event is that it comes to us through the godless media who remain neutral on all counts. Just as the government should always remain neutral.
Will the Broncos win Saturday night? If God wants them to win they will win. Does He? I don’t know. How can any of us know? That’s why huge numbers of Americans will be watching the game! We want to know if God wants Tim Tebow and the Broncos to win! And if they do win, as I said, the discussion will go on. If they lose many in the audience will simply stop thinking about all of this. And that is a shame. Because you can never go wrong thinking about God and the mysteries of His ways. A daily conversation with Him is perhaps, the most important thing in life.
My humble opinion is that the Broncos will win this weekend and my Patriots will have another eerie loss just as they did in the Super Bowl a few years ago when the Giant’s player caught the pass on the top of his helmet. And then [[wiki:Plaxico Burress]] and [[wiki:Eli Manning]] finished them off. It will be a great game again. Because there are definitely more important things than “winning”. And we are seeing them right now as a nation of sports fans looks towards heaven and wonders about it.
Hopefully someone will sing the Star-Spangled Banner who knows the words! There are actually four verses to this song. And the last one goes like this. . .
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
The fact that we can have all these things going on means we win as a nation.
Imus in the Morning
Imus: Is it too much to hope for. . A Broncos victory Warner?
[[wiki:Warner Wolf]] : No I don’t think so…
Imus: Jews for Jesus!
Warner Wolf : Even if Tim Tebow loses he’s already the sports story of the year…he’s already done it.
We all win. Good luck to us all!