So, for most of my life I’ve grown up with the idea of a God who follows the deistic model when it comes to sports. That is, a God who does not interfere whatsoever in sporting events. I was talking with my wife about this, maybe a year ago, or so and she disagreed with me. That is, she didn’t necessarily believe that was the case. I forget her exact reasoning, but it made sense. It was something along the lines of “how do we know God doesn’t?”
The more I think about it, the more it makes sense. As I’ve grown older, I’ve become more and more accustom to a God who controls everything. I’m not saying we don’t have free will, but I believe the decisions we make and what we are going to make all fit within his framework. I look at where I work and where I live, and they all fall within his master plan. Whose to say sports don’t do the same? Why would God be involved in every aspect of people’s lives but then decide to back off on this one thing?
My inner dialog goes like this:
“Well, that’s not fair if God favors one team over another and is involved in competition, that doesn’t seem fair.”
“Well, I believe I got this job because of God’s providence and direction for my life, and that means someone else didn’t. Does it seem fair that God picked me in this job over someone else?”
“You’re right. You’re so smart.”
Look, I know this is a weird idea, but here’s the thing. I believe God is involved in every area of our life. And the people who play sports, and even those who follow sports to a much lesser degree, have sports occupying a major part of their life. Are you going to tell me that God completely butts out of that area? People learn valuable lessons from sports, including games won or lost.
That being said, I don’t believe we can infer anything from the win-loss column of our team. We can’t say our team won all of their games because of their mission trip to Africa or they lost all their games because they partied too much. The Bible is clear that we cannot know why things happen, see the book of Job or the story about the blind man. Bad and good things happen in every arena of life, and we don’t always know why, so I believe this is true for sports.