You know the saying "Don't mix sports with politics"? Just as much, people don't want to mix religion with sports. The hard truth is that there's no getting around that. Politics play a role in sports, just as much as religion does.
How many times have you seen a player point his fingers upward in a "Thank you, God" pose? It happens all the time, and for many players, they believe that God has been the one who has given them the kind of success that they've enjoyed.
Players like Kurt Warner, Tony Gonzalez, Patrick Willis, Randall Cobb all believe that either God gets the glory for their success, or that they're a success because of their faith, or both.
And that's where Tim Tebow comes in.
Tebow, as you all well know, is a born-again Christian who thanks God for his success in the NFL. Either you hate him or you love him, because one, he's a winner and a clean guy, or two, because he's on ESPN more than LeBron James and Brett Favre put together.
A recent poll came out that nearly half of Americans think that Tebow's success is the result of divine intervention, and of course as we should have expected, it's causing a bit of a stir.
Divine intervention implies that the very hand of God is moving the ball through air to help Tebow win the football game. As in, because Tebow is a Christian, God is on his side and now God favors the Broncos.
Folks, as a born-again Christian myself, I think this is ludicrous. I don't believe God favors teams in professional sports, nor do I believe he cares for sports at all.
However, I do believe God cares for his children. In fact, he cares about them so much, that he'll care about the things they care about, even they're utterly pointless things like sports. It's through that method that I believe Tebow may be having the success he's had.
I once heard the testimony of a man who loved to go surfing, but the winds were dying down, and his passion for surfing would have to wait awhile. But instead of waiting, he decided to pray with his friends about it, and what he prayed for was six weeks of fun surfing.
Low and behold, the next six weeks were some of the best surfing he had done in his entire life.
I think it's the same thing with Tim Tebow. Yeah, God's not going to do anything to guarantee that Tebow will win the game, but what he will do is give Tebow the focus and concentration to play at his absolute best.
So that's how I see it. I don't believe God is up in the clouds every February looking down and saying "I want this team to win the Super Bowl this year." But what I do believe, is that he favors his children, and making sure they have what it takes to play their absolute best game, which in turn, could lead to a victory.