Baseball great Derek Jeter played his almost-last game to defeat the Baltimore Orioles with a hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in the winning run. Naturally the Yankees stadium crowd went wild.
One of the signs held up by a fan was particularly telling. The approximately two-foot by three-foot sign, read: “I want to thank the Good Lord for making DEREK JETER a Yankee.” Emphasis as per the sign – not me.
Isn’t that special. God or Jesus had something to do with making this baseball player super special and ranking him with the greats of the past – and playing of course – for the New York Yankees. God works in mysterious ways, doesn’t he?
A friend of mine thinks that it was not God, but that Yankees owner George Steinbrenner made a deal with the devil. He reasons that if God had anything to do with it, Jeter’s career it would have been badly screwed up somehow, just as God does with everything else.
Look at how God has screwed up other things. God controls the weather (everyone knows that) but the Katrina hurricane hit New Orleans to kill 1883 people and cause $108 billion in damage. If God had better aim, it could have hit farther south and west and caused fewer deaths and less destruction. Or maybe God could have just sidelined the hurricane completely.
Texas needed rain a few years ago, so Governor Rick Perry held a three-day prayer vigil in Reliant Stadium during August 2011. The result was a downpour of rain, but with God’s lousy aim, it hit the states east of Texas causing flooding, death and destruction. God left Texas as dry and drought stricken as ever.
The tsunami of the Indonesian area from the sub-duction of tectonic plates under the ocean caused deaths thought to be between 250,000 and 300,000. It hit on December 26, 2004, right when people were at the ocean side beaches celebrating Christmas.
Don’t you think that at the very least God could have picked a better, less destructive date than Junior’s birthday?
But then, God cares about games, sports and the final score. As my friend says, “Consider how often athletes thank Him for victory, how often teams pray before a game, how frequently coaches (the most highly paid philosophers in our culture) mention the Lord.”
Some 40 percent of people in public surveys are convinced that God concerns himself about the outcome of baseball games, football, etc. Seemingly, the religiosity and “Godliness” of players also has a lot to do with the final score and how God and Jesus care about their favorite team.
But as my friend also says, God the Lord of Hosts and Author of Also Creation does not seem to give a hoot “. . . about little kids dying in war or of cancer or in a famine. But he sure as hell cares about football, baseball, basketball game and boxing matches.”
Somehow, given the above, God has it all wrong. I don’t know if God and Junior are just neglectful, bad, mixed up, uncaring, sloppy, have too much time on their hands to care about children, or (my favorite) are outright evil, but God has it all wrong.
Then again, you might want to think of this as per a bumper sticker I saw on a car. “50,000 children will die today of starvation or disease. Why should God care about your prayers?
It is obvious that sport wins in the God contest. God shows that he does not care one whit about children dying in war zones, of cancer, of disease, from starvation, from lack of clean water, from lack of sanitation or medical care. God should be ashamed, if there really is a God. Maybe there is no God.