Tuesday, 08 February 2011
In my last post I mentioned the spread of "Christian-anythings," with particular spotlight on the expansion of Christian-operated Chick-fil-A. I talked about how I loved seeing people stand up for Christ in a culture growing more hostile toward and offended by the Name of Jesus. With the passing of Superbowl XLV, I figured I would comment on another such "Christian-anything." Someone direct from your world champion Green Bay Packers.
Leading up to the game, Aaron Rodgers -- quarterback of the Packers -- was quoted as saying, "We all have a platform, we all have a message in our lives...I just try to follow Jesus' example, leading by example...God always has a plan for us, a path. Sometimes we wish we knew it sooner, but He always shows up His way."
I like that: He always shows up His way.
I'm not an overly huge football fan by any means, though I do catch a couple Philadelphia Eagles games here and there and always watch the Superbowl each year. But I know enough about the NFL to know that before Aaron Rodgers could fulfill his role as starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, he had to sit on the bench as one of the game's best ever took his sweet time rounding out his illustrious Green Bay career. I imagine Mr. Rodgers must have been at least a little impatient to take over the reins from Mr. Favre and to lead a brand new era of Packers football.
Eventually all that waiting paid off, and now he's a Superbowl champion.
Now I'm not naive to think Jesus was kicking back in his La-Z-Boy on Superbowl Sunday, fingers buried and orange in a bag of Doritos, wearing a ginormous cheese wedge atop His head. Are there more important things going on in this world than who wins a football game? Yes, of course. But it's refreshing to hear someone acknowledge his path as not his own, but as God's. Regardless of whatever path he's been called to walk, athletics included. To hear another athlete like Greg Jennings acknowledge, "To God be the glory" and not take any of the glory upon himself.
God would have still been God even if the Terrible Towels had wiped out the opposition on Superbowl Sunday. I'm sure there were plenty of Christians on the other sideline as well. But nonetheless, it's cool to see a guy who once stood in Brett Favre's shadow emerge as a champion. Another kind of champion.
Have you experienced intense periods of waiting and eventually felt the victory of God's hand leading you out? Are you still waiting on something to give? What did you think of this year's Superbowl?